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Ambush advertising is when a retailer makes an offer purporting to beat any offer elsewhere. While this can be an effective marketing tool, it may also create problems for you. When advertising in this way, you must be prepared to honour the offer being made. If a competitor is prepared to sell...
Advertising and promotion
An "introductory" offer is an offer of a product or service that you have not previously provided. Clearly, it is impossible to make a price comparison in any "introductory" offer because you would not have established a regular selling price. If you can substantiate it, you may make claims such as...
Advertising and promotion
If planning to build in an area affected by the European House Borer (EHB), it is recommended that treated pine is used for structural purposes. A number of pine treatment options are available. For pine in service, in-situ treatment can be undertaken. For other affected pine products such as...
European house borer
European House Borer (EHB) Hylotrupes bajulus (Linnaeus) , is a destructive pest of seasoned coniferous timber including pine, fir and spruce. If allowed to become established it could cause major structural damage to buildings. Timbers commonly used for structural purposes in Australia, including...
European house borer
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

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The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 18 June 2019, most BP and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 153.9 cpl (hiking by up to 33 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 153.7...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jun 2019
An unlicensed motor vehicle dealer has been fined $5,000 and ordered to pay costs of $943.50 by the Perth Magistrates Court after pleading guilty on 10 June 2019. Daniel Alan Hodgins of Baldivis had purchased and sold 16 motor vehicles between April 2017 and July 2018 without a licence, in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said unlicensed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jun 2019
Home owners can be reassured that WA’s building regulator is taking action on standards, compliance and dispute resolution across the industry, according to retiring Building Commissioner Ken Bowron. Mr Bowron leaves Building and Energy (formerly the Building Commission and Energy Safety ) today after 10 years, including 18 months at the helm of the combined division within the Department of...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Jun 2019
With the end of the financial year looming, Consumer Protection is warning WA taxpayers to be aware of scam attempts that usually accelerate over the next six months. Tax scams continue to take a large financial toll on Western Australians who are usually cold-called by criminals pretending to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and demanding a fictitious tax debt be paid immediately. In...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jun 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection has concerns about the value of add-ons such as extended warranties, rust proofing, paint and fabric protection, and window tinting being sold at the point of sale to people purchasing motor vehicles in Western Australia. Before saying ‘yes’ to after sales products, ask yourself why the manufacturer is not providing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Jun 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 145.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 11 June 2019, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 155.9 cpl (hiking by 29 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 154.9 cpl, most 7-Eleven sites to 153.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jun 2019
A Perth migration agent who accepted money from clients for a range of services which were not supplied has agreed to repay the money under a payment plan supervised by Consumer Protection. Director Rebecca Joan Mason and Mason Migration Pty Ltd , formerly trading as Mason Migration of Subiaco, have signed an enforceable undertaking that agrees by 30 June 2019 to pay a total of $20,955 to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jun 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection, David Hillyard Enthusiasts refer to it as retail therapy, but it can also be incredibly frustrating to circle packed car parks, push your way through hordes of shoppers or visit the shops only to find the item you want isn’t even available. Perhaps that accounts for Australians spending an estimated $27.5 billion dollars online last year, according to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 May 2019
There’s a new Consumer Protection Senior Regional Officer for the Great Southern. Steph Marsh spent her first week in the job training at Consumer Protection’s Perth HQ but is now permanently based at the office on Aberdeen Street in Albany. Steph has lived and worked in Albany for the past eight years at the Department of Communities, supporting children and families. She is looking forward to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jun 2019
A Perth business that failed to provide documents to State Government electrical safety inspectors has been fined $25,000 on appeal after the Supreme Court ruled that the original $3,000 penalty was manifestly inadequate. Jason Aaron Nominees Pty Ltd , based in Willetton, was resentenced for breaching the Energy Coordination Act by not providing records requested by Energy Safety (now Building...
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Jun 2019

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