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Some suppliers or manufacturers offer extended warranties to lengthen the coverage of their basic manufacturer’s warranty. Usually, consumers are offered the chance to buy an extended warranty after, or at the time, they buy the goods. Example: When a consumer buys a deck chair the retailer says...
Guarantees and warranties
Suppliers and manufacturers often make extra promises (sometimes called ‘express warranties’) about such things as the quality, state, condition, performance or characteristics of goods. An express warranty is not necessarily about the product breaking, it is about it living up to promises. Example...
Guarantees and warranties
Warranties and consumer guarantees Consumers have rights under consumer guarantees, regardless of any other warranty provided by the supplier or manufacturer. Key points about warranties and consumer guarantees You must: fix a problem when goods fail to meet a consumer guarantee, even if the...
Guarantees and warranties
Reasonable time, if no time set A contract or agreement for the supply of services usually states when the services will be provided and the date they will be completed. If not, you automatically guarantee to supply the service within a reasonable time. What is ’reasonable’ will depend on the...
Guarantees and warranties
Services must achieve the consumer’s stated purpose You guarantee your services will be reasonably fit for any purpose specified by the consumer and that any products resulting from the services are also fit for that purpose. Example: A consumer asks for a key to be cut to fit his door and shows...
Guarantees and warranties
What services are covered by the consumer guarantees? Services that you provide in the course of your business or professional activity, including not-for-profit services, that: cost up to $40,000 (or any other amount set by the Australian Consumer Law in future), regardless of purpose or use; cost...
Guarantees and warranties
Manufacturers guarantee to take reasonable steps to provide spare parts and repair facilities, a place that can fix the consumer’s goods, for a reasonable time after purchase. If the manufacturer does not have an office in Australia, the importer takes on these responsibilities. Example: A consumer...
Guarantees and warranties
Title to goo ds Suppliers guarantee they have the right to sell the goods (clear title), unless the supplier alerted the consumer before the sale that they had ‘limited title’. If goods are sold with limited title, any other person with ownership rights—for example, a person owed money by the...
Guarantees and warranties
A supplier guarantees that the goods will do the job the consumer was told they would. The ‘fit for purpose’ guarantee A supplier guarantees that goods will be reasonably fit for any purpose that the supplier or the consumer specified – the goods will do the job the consumer was told they would...
Guarantees and warranties
Description of goods must be accurate Suppliers and manufacturers guarantee that the description of goods for example, in a catalogue or television commercial is accurate. This does not apply to goods bought at auction. Matching description If the goods do not match the description for example, the...
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A correction to Table 41 (Appendices section) of the department's 2009-2010 Annual Report was tabled in Parliament on 17 February 2011.
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
Includes the final reports of the Real Estate and Business Agents Supervisory Board, Settlement Agents Supervisory Board, Land Valuers Licensing Board and Motor Vehicle Industry Board.
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
In May 2013, in accordance with the Parliament of Western Australia’s Standing Orders, two omissions from the full text of notes 21a and 29 to the financial statements were rectified. This PDF is the...
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
The 2012-13 Annual Report presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance. It is in five sections as required by the Financial Management Act...
Corporate
Reports
29 May 2014

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Announcements

A significant increase in enquiries and reports being lodged about puppy scams has prompted Consumer Protection to issue a new warning for consumers to be extra vigilant when responding to advertisements on websites, trading sites and social media. There was a 200 per cent increase in enquiries about puppy scams during September to November this year compared to the same period in 2016, while...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Dec 2017
Energy Safety has issued a reminder to do a safety check on the family barbecue before firing it up this summer. Acting Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan said today caution was needed around all gas appliances. “A barbecue is a great Australian tradition, but gas barbecues can be dangerous if not correctly maintained,” Mr Khan said. “Every year unsafe barbecues cause fires, injuries and damage...
EnergySafety
Media release
15 Dec 2017
A Joondalup real estate agency and a sales representative will have to pay a total of $21,200 in penalties and costs ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal after a Balga house was sold without the consent of one of the owners. The owners were a couple who had moved overseas and the agency was duped by the husband into believing that his wife and children were killed by the Taliban in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Dec 2017
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard The Christmas shopping period has now begun and it’s important for consumers to remember a few key tips to ensure they actually get what they pay for when buying gifts for family and friends. Many post-Christmas complaints received by Consumer Protection relate to gifts bought online that don’t arrive on time, so it’s important to confirm...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Dec 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 147.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 12 December 2017, all Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl (an increase of 22 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Puma and Caltex sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Dec 2017
Applicants for a builder, building surveyor or painter’s registration in Western Australia are being reminded of their responsibilities when using a third party service provider to prepare their applications.
Building Commission
Media release
06 Dec 2017
A Maddington builder who provided incorrect and misleading information to become registered has been fined $5,000 and his request to cancel his registration has been accepted by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
05 Dec 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 147.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 5 December 2017, all Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl (an increase of 27 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex, Coles Express and Puma sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Dec 2017
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Affairs regulators around the country have launched a new campaign to educate consumers and traders about their rights and responsibilities around the sharing economy. The sharing economy refers to platforms where people supply their private goods and services for other consumers to use, including ride sharing, home sharing and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Dec 2017
Consumer Protection has been advised by the promoters that this Sunday’s “Earthcore in the Park” event at Mulberry on Swan near Perth has been cancelled, so ticketholders should be offered a refund. Ticketholders who purchased tickets via credit card should immediately contact their credit card provider or bank to apply for a charge back . Those who purchased tickets via PayPal should contact...
Consumer Protection
Alert
28 Nov 2017

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