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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...
Formal complaints
Consumer Protection works hard to help consumers and shops and businesses resolve disputes by providing relevant information. Sometimes a settlement cannot be reached. In this case a formal complaint can be lodged and the department will then act as an informal negotiator. When the department...
Formal complaints
If you have had no success with the steps you have taken to try and resolve a problem with a business or trader, you can lodge a formal complaint with Consumer Protection by: completing the step-by-step online complaint form ; or printing and filling in complaint form (handwritten/offline) which...
Formal complaints
You may find it useful to use this checklist and keep it with you when you make your complaint. You can also f ind out what happens when you make a complaint . The Department has also produced fact sheets on the conciliation process and business tips for handling complaints . Check your rights Know...
Complaints
If talking it over doesn’t work, put it in writing. You may find it useful to use one of the sample letters below as a guide for writing a complaint letter. Sample letters Just change the letter to include the details for your situation. Remember to date the letter and keep a copy for your records...
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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard WA has the worst rates of family and domestic violence in Australia and the number of incidents is unfortunately increasing. Family violence affects people from all walks of life making it everyone’s business and all of us have a part to play in preventing it. Changes to WA’s tenancy laws have now come...
Consumer Protection
Department News
18 Apr 2019
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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Buying a vehicle via online auction has left a WA consumer with a sour taste in her mouth after the car turned out to be a lemon. The woman, who told her story on TV recently, bid $6,000 because the SUV had only done 135,000km and seemed like a bargain. But when she drove it away after purchase, it...
Consumer Protection
Department News
11 Apr 2019
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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard A flurry of bills has depleted your bank account, but you suddenly need a new fridge and one of your favourite brands is on super-special. It’s a tempting scenario: the chance to receive a product or service immediately without paying for it straight away. As the term suggests, buy-now-pay-later...
Consumer Protection
Department News
24 Apr 2019
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is conducting a stakeholder satisfaction survey to invite feedback on our services and our role as a regulator. The results will help DMIRS focus on business areas and services that need performance improvements. If you subscribe to a DMIRS email newsletter or subscriber news service, you may be contacted by email and invited to take...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Apr 2019
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 154.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 23 April 2019, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 163.9 cpl (increasing by 25 cpl). Most BP, Caltex Woolworths and 7-Eleven sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Apr 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 155.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 16 April 2019, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 161.9 cpl (hiking by 23 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex and 7-Eleven sites are increasing their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Apr 2019
New tenancy laws to assist Western Australian renters affected by family and domestic violence are now in force. The new laws allow a tenant to end their tenancy with as little as seven days' notice if they or their dependants are impacted by family and domestic violence, even if the perpetrator is not named on the lease. There is no need to go to court and a new Consumer Protection form can be...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Apr 2019
An illegal pyramid scheme has been uncovered that targets WA women and masquerades as a support network. Two women, one from the South-West of WA, have contacted Consumer Protection reporting the activities of the pyramid scheme which is being promoted as a Gifting Mandala , prompting a warning for people not to get involved. The gifting circle involves a woman paying a ‘gift’ of around $270 to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Apr 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 152.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 9 April 2019, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (hiking by 23 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 157.9 cpl, most Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Apr 2019
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WITH COMMISSIONER FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION, DAVID HILLYARD Following a recent ceiling collapse at a Thornlie property, home owners are reminded to act promptly on warning signs of ceiling stress. A ceiling collapse can cause serious injury to anyone present at the time of collapse and it can also cause extensive damage to a room’s contents and structure...
Building and Energy
Department News
03 Apr 2019

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