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For specific advice about termite protection for a proposed new home you may contact the building surveyor at your local council, your builder or architect, or a licensed pest control professional. Advice about all types of pesticide treatments can be obtained from the Pesticide Safety Section of...
Termites and pests
Whichever system is selected for the prevention or early detection of termites, it is important that inspections are carried out regularly. You should inspect your property every six months for any obvious signs of infestation. Consumer Protection also recommends that you arrange for an inspection...
Termites and pests
Alternative termite control methods now fall into four broad categories - physical barriers, chemical barriers, resistant materials and design for early detection. Physical barriers Various forms of metal mesh barriers. Specially graded granite chips. Exposed concrete floor slab constructed as a...
Termites and pests
When you get a builder to construct your new home, you will be presented with a range of measures that can be taken against possible damage by termites (white ants). Modified standards In the past, most new homes were protected by spraying the sand pad with organochlorine chemicals. However,...
Termites and pests
Boarding or lodging is when you pay for a room, or room and meals, but you are not renting the entire premises. It can include arrangements where the owner lives on the property and is renting out rooms; situations where you sub-let a room in a house; and living in lodging houses. Boarders and...
Renting
Renting is when an owner of a home lets a tenant live in the home, in exchange for money (rent). People choose to rent for numerous reasons. When looking for a property to rent, shop around and avoid rash decisions. Think carefully about whether the property meets your needs. These needs might...
Renting
Residential Parks Residential parks provide sites upon which relocatable homes are placed. Residents either rent a home and a site, or rent a site only and own the home on the site. The home may be a caravan, cabin, park home or motor home. Whether you own the home or not, park living always...
Specialised accommodation
Residential aged care facilities provide accommodation and care ranging from low to high level care. The Seniors housing guide has general information available on aged care. Many of these care facilities are regulated by the Federal Government and entry is based on your care needs, as determined...
Specialised accommodation
Many people prefer to stay in their home and maintain their independence as they age. Staying at home in the environment you know, with familiar neighbours, shops and other facilities may be a good option, but sometimes you might need assistance to remain at home. The help to stay in your home fact...
Your own home
An RCD can save lives. RCDs will prevent electrocution by cutting the power to a circuit in the event of earth leakage. Following are descriptions and images of devices including RCDs, circuit breakers, combination RCD and circuit breaker, portable RCDs, and powerpoint RCDs. RCDs [scald=512:...
Residual Current Devices (RCD)

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Energy Safety has issued a reminder of the importance of understanding the hazards present in roof spaces and how to avoid them. Director of Energy Safety, Ken Bowron, today issued a caution to be mindful during the festive season of the electrical hazards present in roof spaces. “The holiday season is upon us, and while we will be enjoying the usual Christmas and New Year festivities, many will...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Dec 2017
A property manager has been reprimanded and fined $2,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal after falling victim to a holiday accommodation booking scam which resulted in a $45,000 loss for her employer, a Scarborough real estate agency. Vicki Theresa Redfern had failed to exercise due skill, care and diligence, in breach of the Real Estate and Business Agents’ Code of Conduct, when dealing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Dec 2017
Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of the dwelling.
Building and Energy
Department News
20 Dec 2017
An Ellenbrook settlement agent has been fined $14,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for their role in relation to two failed Pilbara strata property deals involving what is termed ‘mezzanine financing’. KDD Conveyancing Services Pty Ltd was reprimanded by the SAT and also ordered to pay costs of $1,000 for breaching the Settlement Agents Act and Code of Conduct over unauthorised...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Dec 2017
A Duncraig building company that continued to contract for and carry out building work after its building contractor registration lapsed has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner.
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Dec 2017
Energy Safety has issued a public warning about dangerous Salzer brand switches used in some solar systems installed in Western Australia since August 2016. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said today the switches formed part of some solar photo-voltaic installations. “They are used to disconnect the current produced by solar panels so work can be undertaken on the electrical installation of...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Dec 2017
Extensive tenancy reforms designed to support, not penalise, victims Removing barriers to support people to leave abusive relationships The McGowan Government will introduce proposed changes to tenancy laws aimed at supporting tenants who are victims of family and domestic violence in Western Australia. State Cabinet has approved amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act and the Residential...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Dec 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 19 December 2017, all Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl (an increase of 22 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Puma and Caltex sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Dec 2017
A significant increase in enquiries and reports being lodged about puppy scams has prompted Consumer Protection to issue a new warning for consumers to be extra vigilant when responding to advertisements on websites, trading sites and social media. There was a 200 per cent increase in enquiries about puppy scams during September to November this year compared to the same period in 2016, while...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Dec 2017
Energy Safety has issued a reminder to do a safety check on the family barbecue before firing it up this summer. Acting Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan said today caution was needed around all gas appliances. “A barbecue is a great Australian tradition, but gas barbecues can be dangerous if not correctly maintained,” Mr Khan said. “Every year unsafe barbecues cause fires, injuries and damage...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Dec 2017

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