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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 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
Repairing a vehicle can be costly, so choosing your repairer carefully can be a real advantage. Before choosing a repairer, do your research and talk to people; many will have good and bad experiences which will help you make the right choice. Some suggestions for choosing a repairer: Find out if...
Servicing, repair and towing
To ensure that the RCDs fitted to your property perform correctly, they must be tested at regular intervals. Building and Energy recommends that each RCD be tested every three months.
Residual current devices (RCDs)
RCD laws Information about RCD laws for homeowners, real estate agents, settlement agents, landlords, tenants and property managers. RCDs must be installed in accordance with the Electricity Regulations to protect all power and lighting circuits. Homeowners A minimum of two RCDs protecting all...
Residual current devices (RCDs)
Have travelling con men knocked on your door? If the travelling con men are on your property or in your immediate area, call Police on 131 444. If they have left the area, contact Crimestoppers 1800 333 000. Western Australians are being ripped off by 'bitumen bandits' and other dodgy con men...
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Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
Corporate
Reports
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...
Corporate
Reports
29 May 2014

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A real estate sales representative who was convicted of extortion, assault and perverting the course of justice and then failed to inform Consumer Protection has been banned from working in the industry for 10 years by the State Administrative Tribunal. James Steven Mitsopoulos was deemed to be unfit to hold a certificate of registration which was cancelled. He was first registered in October...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Mar 2020
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians to get health information and advice about COVID-19 coronavirus from official and reliable sources, and not be fooled by misinformation circulating in the community, primarily via social media. A variety of fake cures and prevention tips are being promoted including gargling with salt water, drinking extraordinary amounts of water or certain...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Mar 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 133.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 18 March 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - 7-Eleven hiking by 28.8 cpl to 143.7 cpl, Caltex to 141.9 cpl, BP to 139.9 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Mar 2020
Vulnerable Western Australians, particularly pensioners, the elderly and people with disabilities, will be able to visit their local Coles and Woolworths stores an hour early from tomorrow, with an extended trading permit to be granted by the Commissioner for Consumer Protection this afternoon. The temporary extension of trading hours is one of the measures included in the McGowan Government's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Mar 2020
Recalled Samsung top loader washing machines remain in Australian homes, creating a serious fire hazard that puts lives at risk. We want anyone who has a Samsung top loader to check the model number on the back of the machine above the barcode, and make sure it’s not a recalled machine listed at: www.samsung.com/au/washingmachinerecall . The recalled models, including SW75V9WIP; SW65V9WIP;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 11 March 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - 7-Eleven hiking by 29.8 cpl to 149.7 cpl, Caltex to 148.9 cpl, Puma to 147.7 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Mar 2020
Under OSH legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the COVID-19 coronavirus. Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the Australian and WA...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020
The COVID-19 coronavirus Consumer Protection FAQ page provides detailed information on a range of situations arising from the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus. It covers common questions relating to shop opening times, event tickets, travel, housing and accommodation. The information is relevant to consumers, shop owners, event organisers, tenants and lessors/landlords.
Consumer Protection
Alert
25 Mar 2020
A major international company with an office in Perth is facing a $30 million ransom demand from cyber criminals who locked its computer system in Australia, resulting in a partial interruption to online trading for a short period of time. A company official has assured Consumer Protection that the personal data of clients has not been compromised and, after a brief system outage, the company is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Mar 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping When it comes to email scams, many of us think of unsolicited and badly-spelt requests for money landing in our inboxes from dodgy email accounts. But the reality is that email scams are now so sophisticated and believable they’re almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing. One such ruse is the payment redirection or ‘man in the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2020

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