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When you buy a second-hand vehicle privately there is a risk that there could be money owing on it. As the new owner you could become liable for this debt. The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) is a service that can tell you whether or not a vehicle is recorded as "encumbered"meaning...
Buying a vehicle
When you buy a vehicle you should inspect it thoroughly. An independent vehicle inspection can help identify problems and assess the value of the car accurately. It can also help you to negotiate the sale price. There are numerous reputable organisations that can perform this inspection for you...
Buying a vehicle
You may pick up a good bargain by buying a vehicle at auction. You may be able to negotiate a contract to buy the vehicle, or buy the vehicle on the 'fall of the hammer'. In the event that an auction house will not allow a test drive, you should make a thorough inspection of the vehicle ...
Buying a vehicle
Buying a vehicle privately can be cheaper than buying from a dealer however it also offers less security. As the vehicle will not be covered by a statutory warranty, it is a good idea to have it inspected prior to purchase. This will be at your own cost. Depending on the age of the vehicle, you may...
Buying a vehicle
Whenever you buy a motor vehicle from another person or dealer, you and the seller enter into a contract for the purchase of that motor vehicle. The contract sets out your agreement. When you buy from a dealer, you will have to sign a written document called a " Contract to buy a motor vehicle "...
Buying a vehicle
You may be able to trade in your vehicle when you purchase a new or used one. Check with the dealer or seller. Present your vehicle in the best possible way if you want to sell it. It would be a good idea to clean, wash and polish it, have any mechanical faults repaired and ensure everything is in...
Buying a vehicle
It is important that you consider a range of issues and do a number of checks before you buy a vehicle. Buying a car is a big investment for most people. Make sure you do your homework before doing the deal, regardless of whether it is through a private seller or with a car yard. See the...
Buying a vehicle
From glossy brochures offering the chance to buy or even win amazing travel packages through to fake social media requests for help from friends and family, Western Australians receive their fair share of travel-related scams. The travel page covers general protections consumers have under the...
Travel
Travel costs can be varied and expensive. There are a few tips you should consider before purchasing the travel. Checking terms and conditions is essential in any travel package, accomodation or insurance. Costs Published travel costs are subject to change, even if you have paid a deposit. This is...
Travel
The Magistrates Court deals with disputes between consumers and traders with claims of up to $75,000. You can opt for a less formal, more private, process without the need for lawyers if your claim is less than $10,000. For claims over $10,000 the matter is dealt with in a court (with or without...
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27 May 2014
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Reports
27 May 2014
Corporate
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11 Sep 2014
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...
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29 May 2014

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The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 138.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 12 February 2019, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 145.9 cpl (increasing by 31 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 144.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Feb 2019
Lodging bonds late has resulted in a Busselton real estate agency being convicted and receiving a total of $3,500 in a fine and Court costs. Geographe Real Estate Pty Ltd , trading as LJ Hooker Geographe Bay , was convicted, fined $2,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,500 by the Busselton Magistrates Court on 6 February 2019 after pleading guilty to two charges of failing to lodge bonds with the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Feb 2019
A Port Hedland real estate agency and its director have been fined a total of $4,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for misconduct relating to its property management services. The agency Real Estate Property Shop Network Pty Ltd was reprimanded and fined $3,000 for misconduct in relation to property management services, including making incorrect withdrawals from its trust account...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Feb 2019
Planning a trip and looking for someone to take care of the pets and water the plants? If you’re thinking about engaging a house or pet sitting agency, it’s important to understand the how-tos of hiring a sitter. The risks of hiring a dodgy house sitter were all too real for a Perth couple who returned from a five-week holiday to find the woman hired to stay with their dog had robbed them of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jan 2019
The New Year is off to a bad start for scam losses with 86 victims in WA losing $1.81 million in the first month of 2019. This follows the release last week of the 2018 annual scam report which showed 569 victims losing a total of $10.7 million over the year, a substantial increase from the previous year. Individual losses for January 2019 reported to WA ScamNet included a romance scam victim who...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Feb 2019
Consumer Protection and the Department of Communities are joining forces to target landlords who fail to lodge tenancy bonds that were provided through a rental assistance program. Under the Bond Assistance Loan Scheme offered by the Department of Communities, eligible Western Australians can apply for an no interest and fee free loan to cover ingoing property costs (including all or part of the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2019
A Mandurah electrician has pleaded guilty to breaching electricity regulations by failing to install a crucial safety component at a building site, which could have resulted in a fatal electric shock. Dale Eric Subke of Coodanup is a licensed electrician (EW159776) and a director of Subke Pty Ltd , trading as Dalectrix (EC9256). On February 1, Mandurah Magistrates Court fined Mr Subke $4,500 and...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Feb 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 5 February 2019, most Coles Express, all 7-Eleven, most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (increasing by between 28 and 32 cpl). Most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Feb 2019
Recent reports from Perth home owners about bogus door-to-door sellers are a good reminder to make sure you know your rights when a salesperson knocks. In the past few weeks, people have told us about visits from door-to-door water testers who give the impression they are from the Government and make false claims about water quality, but are really sellers of water filtration systems. Under the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jan 2019
A property developer has been fined $25,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay compensation totalling $26,207 to three of his clients after pleading guilty on 25 January 2019 to accepting payment but failing to supply the goods and services. David John Leitch Emery , formerly of Busselton but now residing in Perth, was trading as DK & IE Projects and D1 One when the breaches of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2019

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