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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...
Guarantees and warranties
Acceptable quality Goods must be of an acceptable quality. Acceptable quality has a number of factors, including that the goods will be safe to use, and that they will be reasonably durable. Acceptable quality is determined by what a reasonable consumer fully familiar with the goods would regard as...
Guarantees and warranties
People generally are aware that electricity can be dangerous. However, many people still take risks that can lead to harm. This is why reminders on the need to use electricity safely are required. Switches, power points and light fittings Damaged switches, power points and light fittings are...
Electrical installations
All home sellers and landlords must ensure that residual current devices (RCDs) are installed in accordance with the Electricity Regulations to protect all power and lighting circuits. RCDs save lives RCDs cut the electricity supply instantly if a person touches a live part and receives a shock. By...
Residual current devices (RCDs)
If you believe that the estimated sale value of the abandoned goods is less than it will cost you to remove the goods, store the goods for at least 60 days and sell the goods at public auction you can choose to dispose of the goods. Before you just dispose of the goods, you should be aware that the...
When a tenancy ends
If you do not wish to deal with uninvited door to door sellers you should display a Do Not Knock sticker on your front door or near the doorbell. Donations to charity, where no sale is involved, are not unsolicited consumer agreements. This includes donations received by a third party or contractor...
Door to door and telephone sales
There are different times set by law for when a salesperson is allowed to contact you depending on whether the contact is by phone or in person. By phone Telemarketing calls and fax marketing must not be made on: Sunday or a public holiday; Weekdays - before 9 am or after 8 pm; or Saturday - before...
Door to door and telephone sales
If you agree to buy something from a telemarketer you must be given a contract. The contract must be: in writing; expressed in plain language, legible and clear; delivered within five business days (or longer if you agree), in person, by post or (if you agree) by email . The contract must clearly...
Door to door and telephone sales

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8 March 2019 current version Application for building permit – uncertified
Building and Energy
Form – application
23 May 2019
8 March 2019 current version – Application for building permit – certified
Building and Energy
Form – application
23 May 2019
Buying a car is a big investment for most people. Make sure you do your homework before doing the deal, regardless of whether it’s through a private seller or with a car yard. Buying a new or used...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
08 Jun 2020
Did you know the Department of Commerce can provide your business with information and advice on trading, employment and safety at work? Use this checklist to help identify where the department may...
Corporate
Checklist
27 May 2014
Supporting a safe, fair and responsible future for the Western Australian community, industry and resources sector.
Corporate
Plans
20 Mar 2019
Corporate
Information
27 May 2014
The department uses the compliance strategy as a framework for developing compliance programs across the breadth of its responsibilities.
Corporate
Information
29 May 2014
This Code outlines the standards of behaviour and conduct for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, and its employees.
Corporate
Code of conduct
19 Sep 2018
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014

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Announcements

Properties for sale or rent Under the Electricity Regulations 1947 all residential premises sold, rented or hired must have all socket outlets and lighting final sub-circuits protected by at least 2 RCDs. It is also essential to ensure that there are no more than 3 final sub-circuits per RCD and the lighting circuits (if 2 or more) are separated over the RCDs. Further details appear in the...
Building and Energy
Department News
27 May 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Are your airbags safe? Car owners across Western Australia are reminded to check whether they have faulty Takata airbags as the Department of Transport exercises its powers to cancel vehicle licences if owners do not respond to notices to replace deadly Alpha airbags. Quarterly recall figures show that around 2.8 million faulty Takata...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 May 2019
A bikini business ended up in deep water and was fined $30,000 after Consumer Protection prosecuted the online swimwear seller for misleading customers about refund and returns rights. Frankii Swim Pty Ltd must also pay costs of $546.30 after a sentencing hearing at the Perth Magistrates Court on 17 May 2019, for three breaches of the Australian Consumer Law. The charges for false and misleading...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 May 2019
The State Government has approved an extra four hours of trading for general retail shops in metropolitan Perth on both Western Australia Day and the Queen’s Birthday public holidays. The extension to permitted opening times means general retail shops will be able to trade any time between 8am and 6pm on Monday, 3 June 2019 (Western Australia Day) and Monday, 30 September 2019 (Queen’s Birthday...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 May 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 16 cents per litre (cpl) to 156 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 21 May 2019, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 164.9 cpl (increasing by 26 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 163.9 cpl, most Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 May 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Winter is coming and we’ve got an important energy safety message to share about gas heaters. You could be putting your health and your family’s health at risk if you don’t follow this advice. Gas heaters are an effective way to keep warm but if they are faulty, poorly maintained or misused they can leak carbon monoxide (CO) gas, which can...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 May 2019
Selling cars without a motor vehicle dealer’s licence has cost a Perth man $5,000 after he was fined by the Perth Magistrates Court in a case brought against him by Consumer Protection. In addition to being fined $5,000, 32-year-old Rainer Puhmas from Innaloo was ordered to pay costs of $525.50 after pleading guilty by letter during the hearing on 3 May 2019. Rainer Puhmas bought 17 cars and sold...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 May 2019
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 158.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 14 May 2019, most Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 165.9 cpl (increasing by 24 to 26 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 161.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 May 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection WA and our counterpart agencies across Australia are reminding people with disability of their consumer rights as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) continues to roll out. The NDIS brings extensive change for people with disability and for businesses or providers in the scheme. Since the NDIS began its...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 May 2019
A Malaysian international student studying in Perth has lost $13,782 to a phone scam after she was threatened with having her visa cancelled and being deported. The scammers, pretending to be from the Immigration Department, cold-called her and demanded she pay the money immediately to avoid arrest, instructing her to pay by purchasing Google Play cards at Aldi supermarkets. After purchasing the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 May 2019

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