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Thousands of people with all types of disability regularly travel by air. However, you may not know what to expect, particularly if it is your first time flying or you are travelling on a different airline. Service and travel procedures may vary between airlines and airports. Planning your travel...
People with disability
The National Relay Service helps deaf, hearing and/or speech-impaired people to make and receive phone calls. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety uses NRS to ensure our contact numbers are accessible to people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. To access a...
Accessibility
Important electrical safety message from the Director of Energy Safety To the Home Owners Dear Sir / Madam No RCD means no second chance Residual current devices (RCDs) are the single most effective measure to prevent electrocutions, serious electrical injuries and fires. The circuit breakers and...
Residual Current Devices (RCD)
Consumer reviews and testimonials are increasingly being relied upon by consumers as a low cost means of making an informed purchasing decision, especially online. Reviews may be written about a business’ goods or services or about a business or brand itself. As long as the integrity of those...
Buying online
Did you know, you can purchase or be given a second-hand cot that does not meet current safety standards ? Product Safety Australia issues the mandatory standards for cots to help prevent accidents. Second-hand cots have been associated with fatal injuries in children under 12 months old. Young...
Product safety for consumers
Consumer Protection is seeking industry views on the final draft of the new Settlement Agents Code of Conduct 2016. Status : CLOSED Friday 20 May 2016 Background The new code, will replace the existing Settlement Agents’ Code of Conduct 1982 ( the 1982 Code) and implements feedback previously...
Consultations and reports
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are provided to assist industry and homeowners to understand the bush fire requirements under the building legislation, including the Building Code of Australia (BCA) bush fire requirements, and to assist those who wish to upgrade their existing homes...
Building in bushfire prone areas
Final Report Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand recently sought your views on the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). This review is now complete and the Australian Consumer Law Review Final Report has been published on the Australian Consumer Law website. Background The Australian Consumer Law...
Consultations and reports
Self-balancing scooters (also known as hoverboards, gliders, smart boards, sky walkers and mod boards) which do not meet safety requirements are banned by Product Safety Australia. How do I know if my hoverboard meets the safety requirements specified in the mandatory standard? You should seek...
Product safety for consumers
As the National Broadband Network (NBN) rolls out across Australia, Telstra’s and Optus’ existing fixed line networks are being progressively disconnected. Monitored fire alarms and lift phones operating over these networks may cease to operate unless they are migrated to an alternate...
Plant and machinery

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An audit of contractor and product performance in the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Reports
24 Apr 2017
The Building Commission released an e-letter on 28 November 2016 to remind building industry practitioners about interconnection of smoke alarms and the new Australian Standard for smoke alarms. This...
Building Commission
Bulletin
28 Feb 2017
Application for modification or non-application of a bush fire building standard
Building Commission
Form – application
13 Feb 2017
The Building Amendment Regulations 2017 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Tuesday 7 February 2017 to come into operation on Wednesday 8 February 2017. The...
Building Commission
Bulletin
13 Feb 2017
This transcript is taken from an interview between Consumer Protection and an ethanol burner burns victim in December 2016. The full interview is available from the link above. Grabs of certain key...
Consumer Protection
Alert
20 Dec 2016
EXTENSION OF INTERIM BAN ON DECORATIVE ALCOHOL FUELLED BURNERS I, MICHAEL MISCHIN, Minister for Commerce, pursuant to section 111(2) of the Australian Consumer Law (WA) extend an interim ban on...
Consumer Protection
Policies
17 Feb 2017
The purpose of this options paper is to seek stakeholder feedback into preferred drafting options to amend the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 so that victims of family violence are able to achieve...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
15 Dec 2016
29 September 2016 A Perth real estate agent is breathing a sigh of relief after a cyber-attack was thwarted in an attempt to steal $500,000 from a trust account. It’s believed the cyber thieves...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
08 Sep 2017
29 September 2016 A Perth real estate agent is breathing a sigh of relief after a cyber-attack was thwarted in an attempt to steal $500,000 from a trust account. It’s believed the cyber thieves...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Oct 2016

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Announcements

Esperance builders FGS Contracting Pty Ltd (BC101335) and Ryan Wayne Franceschi (BP101345), who is the company’s sole director and nominated supervisor, have been fined $5,000 each and are no longer registered builders in Western Australia.
Building Commission
Media release
23 Feb 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 146 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 20 February 2018, most 7-Eleven, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 cpl and 25 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Feb 2018
Consumer Protection is urging retailers of iTunes gift cards to do more to enforce limits on sales to scam victims, who are mostly elderly, and to erect warning signs at the point of sale. The call comes after a report of yet another huge loss by a Bunbury couple in their 70’s who last week reported purchasing $23,900 in iTunes cards after receiving a call from scammers claiming to be from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Feb 2018
Car owners are being urged to be aware of their rights and car dealers to be aware of their obligations when selling vehicles by consignment. Following a Consumer Protection investigation, charges have been laid against Perth motor vehicle dealer Luxuride Pty Ltd , trading as Luxuride of West Perth, and its Director Nicholas Ngo for allegedly failing to comply with laws relating to selling...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Feb 2018
February is often the time of year associated with all things romantic because of Valentine’s Day celebrations so consumer affairs regulators across the country are reminding online daters to be careful with their information while looking for love. Australians lost $20.2 million in dating and romance scams in 2017, with most scammers targeting people on social media, email or websites. This was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Feb 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 13 February 2018, all Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl (an increase 22 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, Puma, BP, Caltex and Caltex Woolworths are increasing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Feb 2018
Consumer Protection will host a series of free workshops throughout the South West to explain the new requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act , which applies to more than 18,000 not-for-profit groups across the State including associations and clubs. The workshops will run from late February to May in various locations. The Western Australian Associations Incorporation Act 2015 became...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Feb 2018
Consumers are again being warned to be cautious in their dealings with unregistered builder Mark Edward Straw, who may also be using the alias Mark Edward James and is trading as Complete Ceilings and Renovations Pty Ltd.
Building Commission
Media release
09 Feb 2018
Legal action by US authorities against Western Union could result in compensation being paid to thousands of WA scam victims who made payments via the international money transfer service over a 13 year period. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a penalty of US$586 million to Western Union for aiding fraud, with the funds being used to refund scam victims throughout the world. This...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Feb 2018
The owner of a Mandurah retirement village has been fined $5,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for failing to provide specific information to prospective residents prior to them signing contracts. Stephen Graeme May of Mosman Park owns the Willow Creek Mews retirement village in Greenfields, near Mandurah. He pleaded guilty on 31 January 2018 and was fined over breaches of the Retirement...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Feb 2018

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