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The terms and conditions of entering the Consumer Protection Awards
Consumer Protection Awards
The annual Consumer Protection Awards, first presented in 2004, form part of the Western Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to consumer protection services in our community. They recognise and reward significant contributions in advancing consumer protection in Western Australia. Many...
Consumer Protection Awards
A description of the different categories of the Consumer Protection Awards
Consumer Protection Awards
Registration as an adjudicator falls under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 . (1) The qualifications and experience required by an adjudicator are: (a) a degree from a university or other tertiary institution in Australia in one of the following disciplines or an equivalent qualification from an...
Becoming an adjudicator
Western Australia has some of the driest climatic regions in Australia and is prone to bushfire attack, particularly around the south west regions. In the past few years there have been numerous fire events that have devastated bushland areas and destroyed or damaged properties. The Building...
Building in bushfire prone areas
Building and Energy protects the community by setting standards and ensuring contractors have the skills, experience and financial capacity to deliver quality building services. It is illegal for an individual, partnership or company to contract for or carry out a building service without first...
Find a registered building service provider or licensed plumber
Only a plumber who holds a licence issued by the Plumbers Licensing Board can legally carry out water supply, sanitary and drainage plumbing work in Western Australia. Licensing plumbers reduces risks to public health, safety and the environment by ensuring they are competent and sufficiently...
Having plumbing work done
General information The Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) requires all private swimming and spa pools that contain water that is more than 300mm deep to have a compliant safety barrier installed that restricts access by young children to the pool and its immediate surrounds. In Western...
Swimming pools and spas
A sustainable building industry will balance environmental, social and economic issues to ensure a viable and valuable industry for future generations. The building industry includes developing, planning, designing, building, altering, or maintaining the built environment. The manufacturers,...
Sustainability
What is the European House Borer? The European House Borer (EHB) is a destructive pest that targets seasoned coniferous timber including pine, fir and spruce. If allowed to become established it can cause major structural damage to buildings. The adult beetle lays its eggs into cracks, holes and...
European House Borer

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The State Government announced in April 2017 widespread public sector reforms, aimed at creating collaborative departments focused on whole-of-Government objectives and delivering services in the most efficient way. On 1 July, the Departments of Commerce and Mines and Petroleum combined to form the new Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The new department has three key business...
Corporate
Department News
01 Jul 2017
Building Commissioner Peter Gow today announced a pricing reform to Western Australia’s home indemnity insurance (HII) scheme. Large volume and multi-unit project builders will have to pay a premium increase as of Monday 2 October 2017. The increase is required to ensure the HII scheme is sustainable and to prevent WA taxpayers from footing the bill for recent builder failures. Small to medium...
Building Commission
Media release
27 Jun 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Winter's here and as we try to keep warm in the cooler weather there are some annual safety messages to think about when buying or using products such as hot water bottles, heaters, electric blankets, wheat bags and pyjamas. Let’s start with hot water bottles. You might have one in the back of the cupboard but if it’s more than two...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jun 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard If you’re a parent or carer, it’s highly likely you’ve heard all about, or seen too much of, ‘fidget spinners’. Alternatively, you may have noticed the novelty items for sale online or at stalls in shopping centres and we know there are also promotional giveaways where you get them for free. For anyone who isn’t sure what they are,...
Consumer Protection
Alert
16 Jun 2017
A travel business that cold calls consumers selling travel vouchers is the subject of a warning by Consumer Protection. Abdul Rehman , who operates Prime Marketing Solutions (registered in Victoria) and The Tour Groups (unregistered), has attracted several complaints and enquiries to consumer protection agencies throughout Australia, with one complaint coming from a WA consumer. In the WA...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 13 June 2017, most 7-Eleven sites are increasing their ULP price to 138.9 cpl (an increase of 25 cpl). Most Puma, Caltex Woolworths, BP and Coles Express sites are increasing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jun 2017
A Padbury motor vehicle repairer who failed to disclose his criminal convictions has been reprimanded and banned from working in the industry in WA by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Ean Jacob Rozario was deemed to be unfit to be the holder of a motor vehicle repairer’s certificate for failing to comply with a condition of his licence which required him to submit a National Police...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jun 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 6 June 2017, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (increasing between 22 cpl and 26 cpl). Most 7-Eleven...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jun 2017
A property manager who stole tenants’ money has been banned for nine months, fined $3,000 and reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Brendan Geoffrey Dabinett of Morley was also ordered by the SAT to pay costs of $1,200. He admitted to breaching the Residential Tenancies Act, the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales Representatives by:...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Jun 2017
The Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2017 (the Map) that comes into effect on Thursday 1 June 2017, is now available from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website. This edition of the Map will show both ‘new’ bush fire prone areas and those ‘continuing’ from earlier editions of the Map. All bush fire prone areas will be coloured pink on the Map, with ‘new’ bush fire prone areas...
Building Commission
Department News
02 Jun 2017

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