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Multiple pricing occurs when a supplier displays more than one price for the same item or service. If a supplier displays the same item with more than one price then they must sell it for the lowest displayed price or withdraw the item until the price is corrected. A price published in a catalogue...
Pricing
Consumer Protection often receives complaints about incorrect rounding of prices by retail and fast food outlets. There are rules in place for businesses when it comes to dealing with small change transactions and we’d like to hear from customers who believe those rules are being broken. In...
Pricing
Country of origin labelling is a notice or label on products to let your customers know what country a product came from. In Australia misleading country of origin labelling is prohibited. If you sell food in retail stores in Australia, country of origin food labelling laws apply to your products...
Advertising and promotion
Unconscionable conduct is a statement or action so unreasonable it defies good conscience. A business must not act unconscionably when: selling or supplying goods and services to a consumer; or supplying or acquiring goods and services to or from a small business. Examples of unconscionable conduct...
Advertising and promotion
It is unlawful to make false or misleading representations about goods and services when supplying, offering to supply or promoting those goods or services. For instance, a business must not make false or misleading representations about: the standard, quality, value or grade of goods or services;...
Advertising and promotion
What is misleading or deceptive conduct? ‘Conduct’ includes actions and statements, such as: advertisements; promotions; quotations; statements; and any representation made by a person. Business conduct is likely to break the law if it creates a misleading overall impression among the intended...
Advertising and promotion
This section will help businesses and legal practitioners avoid unfair business practices by understanding: misleading or deceptive conduct false or misleading representations unconscionable conduct country of origin claims information standards Incorrect price rounding Unfair contract terms
Advertising and promotion
Consumer Protection recognises that while advertisers generally make every endeavour to be accurate, there will be occasions when errors occur. We recommend that as soon as a mistake is identified, you place an apology or clarification statement in the publication in which the error occurred. If...
Advertising and promotion
If your advertising refers to the cost of credit in any way (for example, that you can provide a cheap finance deal, or you invite your customers to compare your rates), then you are required to include certain information. Your advertisement does not need to contain an annual percentage rate for...
Advertising and promotion
Photographs, drawings and other images must correspond with the advertised price and product. The reader or viewer should reasonably expect to be able to buy the product featured at the price mentioned. For example, it would be considered a breach of Australian Consumer Law to show a current model...
Advertising and promotion

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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillard Ever forgotten to pick up your clothes from the dry cleaner? Or maybe you’ve left your camping gear at a site and never bothered to make the trip back to collect it? When consumers leave goods behind there are procedures that must be followed by traders to legally dispose of the items left in their possession. Consumer Protection is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Jul 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 22 cents per litre (cpl) to 149 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 2 July 2019, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 158.9 cpl (hiking 33 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 156.7 cpl, most BP sites...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jul 2019
A major Australian building company and its nominated supervisor have been fined a total of $32,000 after significant roof defects were discovered at two Perth homes. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) found that BGC Residential Pty Ltd (BC9769) and Thomas Edmund Starkey (BP14002) breached building registration laws by not properly managing and supervising a building service. In 2016, a...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Jul 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Winter is here and the colder temperatures mean products designed to keep us warm are coming out of storage or being purchased. We want you to carefully check electric blankets, hot water bottles and other winter items are in good condition and have not been recalled before you use them. To find out whether an item is on the recall list you...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jun 2019
A Mandurah real estate sales representative has been cautioned and fined $1,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to disclose important information regarding the sewerage of a home that he was selling. Jonathan Kenny-Levick was the co-owner of his home in Dawesville that he put on the market in January 2016 through his agency as the listing representative. At the time, the property...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jun 2019
Laws covering cases where goods are left behind and how people can legally dispose of them are under review and Consumer Protection wants the views of those affected by the issue. The Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 sets out the procedure people and traders should follow when they are left in possession of other people’s uncollected goods and need to discard them. This Act stipulates the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jun 2019
An unauthorised withdrawal from a trust account has resulted in a Fremantle real estate agency being fined $3,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal. Port City Pty Ltd , trading as Port City Real Estate , had withdrawn $4,735 from the trust account in July 2017 as a “break contract fee” in circumstances where its agreement with the client who had engaged the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jun 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 22 cents per litre (cpl) to 147.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 25 June 2019, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 156.9 cpl (hiking by up to 32 cpl). Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 154.9 cpl, most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jun 2019
A real estate sales representative who stole money from an agency’s trust account has been permanently banned from ever holding a certificate of registration in the industry in WA. Kylie Marie Chiplin pleaded guilty and was convicted on 12 April 2019 of stealing $34,803.99 from the trust account of Peard Real Estate Scarborough between February 2016 and May 2018 while employed as a property...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jun 2019
A Claremont property management agency has been reprimanded, fined $8,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on 13 June 2019 for trust account errors and other breaches of the law. Gemranch Nominees Pty Ltd , trading as TM Residential and Executive Leasing , had breached the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jun 2019

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