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Status: CLOSED, Submissions closed at 5pm on 28 October 2019 Background In late 2018, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) commenced a Regional Services Review to improve service delivery to our regional customers. DMIRS staff and State and Local Government stakeholders...
Consultations
Always choose a licensed motor vehicle repairer
Always choose a licensed motor vehicle repairer, by Consumer Protection
Look for the tick – there’s a lot riding on it! You wouldn’t trust your teeth to a backyard dentist, so don’t trust your car to a backyard repairer. Backyard or bush mechanics operate in WA and even though Consumer Protection aims to identify them and stop...
Servicing, repair and towing
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety – Consumer Protection Division (Consumer Protection) recently completed a review of the Auction Sales Act 1973 (the Act). Review purpose The purpose of the review was to assess the Act’s relevance and appropriateness in meeting current and...
Decision regulatory impact statements
Buying a boat can be a costly outlay for most people and is no different to buying a car. Make sure you do as much research as possible before you buy a boat, whether it is through a boat yard or a private seller. The Department of Transport and the Boating Industry Association of WA have some...
Buying a boat
A combined review of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 1973 and the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003 was recently completed. Review purpose The key purpose of the review was to assess the effectiveness of the legislation and to ensure it is appropriate and operating in the interests of both consumers...
Decision regulatory impact statements
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is committed to completing regulatory impact assessment processes when amending or developing legislation. Decision Regulatory Impact Statements (DRIS) represent the final step in the process and reflect the outcome of stakeholder consultation...
Decision regulatory impact statements
The Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 (DUG Act) is being reviewed to examine the processes for disposing of uncollected goods Status: CLOSED , closed 31 October 2019. Background The purpose of this review is to update the DUG Act’s provisions, which are outdated and do not take into account...
Consultations
Electric shocks from taps, pipes or appliances are warning signs that something could be wrong with the electrical wiring or applainces.
Reporting accidents
The following media releases on disciplinary outcomes for building services providers have been issued in the previous six years. The list for each year appears in descending order. 2021 Concreter’s penalty drives home compliance message – Thomas John Sharkey Fine for failure to fix modular home in...
Disciplinary and prosecution media releases
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Follow these tips to protect yourself: 1. Research Before you buy a new or used car, do some research to determine which car is right for you and what you can afford. 2. Check safety rating Check the...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
11 Dec 2019
Does your vehicle need repairs? Follow these tips to protect your asset and your family. 1 Research. Before you book your car in for a service, new tyres or repairs ask for recommendations from your...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
02 Dec 2019
The department's annual report for 2018-2019 presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance, in accordance with the requirements of the...
Corporate
Reports
08 Nov 2019
Progress report on local government’s four yearly inspections of private swimming pool safety barriers 2018/19 Please note: The figure on page 7 of 8.3% for the City of Nedlands should be 0%
Building and Energy
Reports
21 Oct 2019
The Consumer Protection Public Naming of Traders Policy was reviewed and updated in June 2019. “Naming” is the public identification of a trader reasonably suspected of contravening the Australian...
Consumer Protection
Policies
24 Dec 2019
The Consumer Protection Disclosure Policy was reviewed and updated in September 2019. In the course of its operations, Consumer Protection obtains or has access to a wide range of information. Some...
Consumer Protection
Policies
24 Dec 2019
The Consumer Protection Media Policy was reviewed and updated in January 2019. The Media Policy provides all Consumer Protection officers with guidelines about which officers are authorised to...
Consumer Protection
Policies
24 Dec 2019
With many types of scams out in the community, it can be very hard to identify what is legitimate and what is a scam. Spotting scams and learning how to protect yourself from falling victim, will...
Consumer Protection
Information
19 Feb 2020
A guide to prevention, common warning signs and what action to take.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
26 Sep 2019
Gift card toolkit for consumer advocacy stakeholders In Australia, approximately 34 million gift cards are sold each year, with an estimated value of $2.5 billion. It is estimated that $70 million of...
Consumer Protection
Information
27 Sep 2019

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The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 28 cents per litre (cpl) to 167.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 11 August 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: BP and Coles Express hiking by up to 39 cpl up to 178.9 cpl; 7-Eleven up to 177.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Aug 2021
Consumers make payments but goods or services not supplied Six consumers claim to be owed a total of almost $40,000 Trader has previously been prosecuted for failing to supply A second warning has been issued to consumers regarding an online Jeep parts and accessories dealer and vehicle builder who takes payments but fails to deliver the goods or services ordered either by phone or via a website...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Aug 2021
Nominations now open for 2022 awards Appeal to consumer rights’ educators and advocates, including the media Eligible individuals and organisations urged to submit a nomination The search has begun among advocates and promoters of consumer rights in WA for potential contenders, as nominations open for the 2022 Consumer Protection Awards. Nominations are invited for an individual or organisation...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Aug 2021
More than 3,000 Western Australians secure home buyers grant in 2020-21 Near record $6 million paid out to help people buy their first home Funds come from interest earned from the trust accounts of real estate agents A near record $6 million in Home Buyers Assistance Account (HBAA) grants were paid to first home buyers last financial year, helping more than 3,000 Western Australians to buy their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Aug 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 169 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 4 August 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: BP hiking by up to 41 cpl up to 179.9 cpl; Coles Express up to 178.9 cpl; Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Aug 2021
Consumer complaints report treatments that went wrong A wide range of issues raised, including unexpected injury, pain and scars Research required to ensure operators are experienced and professional WA consumers are urged to exercise caution when seeking beauty and cosmetic treatment services, as botched procedures can result in injury, pain and long-term scarring. From 1 January to 30 June 2021...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Aug 2021
Dyes used to identify grades of petrol no longer required Transitional period of up to 12 months now in place Fuel performance not affected by the changes Motorists and fuel industry participants are being advised that dyes will no longer be required in all unleaded petrol grades in Australia, a change that took effect on 1 August 2021. In 2015/16 the removal of red/orange dye from ULP and E10...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Aug 2021
Car trouble can strike at any time when you are out on the roads, so it’s important to be across your rights before a breakdown or an accident occurs to avoid being taken for a ride by tow truck operators. Following recent heavy rains, we heard from a number of motorists who broke down on flooded streets and allowed tow trucks to move their vehicles without ensuring a total price was included on...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jul 2021
$6,600 infringement notice for failing to comply with unsolicited sales’ laws Company initially refused to refund 50% deposit after contract cancelled Consumers advised to get multiple quotes to avoid paying too much A Perth plumbing and electrical company has been issued with a $6,600 infringement notice by Consumer Protection for breaking consumer laws related to unsolicited sales and initially...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jul 2021
Replacement roofs are over-represented regarding wind damage Investigation reveals inadequate tie-downs and absent building permits Building and Energy has published a re-roofing guide for home owners Following several cases where replacement roofs have dangerously lifted off in WA, the State’s building regulator is warning that suitable supports and expertise are essential when changing a roof...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Jul 2021

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