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Important electrical safety message from the Director of Energy Safety To the Home Owners Dear Sir / Madam No RCD means no second chance Residual current devices (RCDs) are the single most effective measure to prevent electrocutions, serious electrical injuries and fires. The circuit breakers and...
Residual Current Devices (RCD)
Consumer reviews and testimonials are increasingly being relied upon by consumers as a low cost means of making an informed purchasing decision, especially online. Reviews may be written about a business’ goods or services or about a business or brand itself. As long as the integrity of those...
Buying online
Did you know, you can purchase or be given a second-hand cot that does not meet current safety standards ? Product Safety Australia issues the mandatory standards for cots to help prevent accidents. Second-hand cots have been associated with fatal injuries in children under 12 months old. Young...
Product safety for consumers
Consumer Protection is seeking industry views on the final draft of the new Settlement Agents Code of Conduct 2016. Status : CLOSED Friday 20 May 2016 Background The new code, will replace the existing Settlement Agents’ Code of Conduct 1982 ( the 1982 Code) and implements feedback previously...
Consultations and reports
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are provided to assist industry and homeowners to understand the bush fire requirements under the building legislation, including the Building Code of Australia (BCA) bush fire requirements, and to assist those who wish to upgrade their existing homes...
Building in bushfire prone areas
Final Report Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand recently sought your views on the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). This review is now complete and the Australian Consumer Law Review Final Report has been published on the Australian Consumer Law website. Background The Australian Consumer Law...
Consultations and reports
Self-balancing scooters (also known as hoverboards, gliders, smart boards, sky walkers and mod boards) which do not meet safety requirements are banned by Product Safety Australia. How do I know if my hoverboard meets the safety requirements specified in the mandatory standard? You should seek...
Product safety for consumers
As the National Broadband Network (NBN) rolls out across Australia, Telstra’s and Optus’ existing fixed line networks are being progressively disconnected. Monitored fire alarms and lift phones operating over these networks may cease to operate unless they are migrated to an alternate...
Plant and machinery
This is the second stage in the review of laws affecting co-operatives in Western Australia. Status : Closed - Monday 29 February 2016 Consumers and business who believe they may be affected by proposals to amend the Co-operatives Regulations 2010 were urged to consider the proposed changes and to...
Consultations and reports
The 2015 Indigenous Consumers Count report presents the findings of research into the perceptions of Indigenous consumers as well as Indigenous corporations, advocates and service providers concerned with the needs of Indigenous Western Australians. The objective of the project was to explore:...
Aboriginal consumers

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A general inspection into the use of Yuanda products in Western Australian buildings.
Building Commission
Reports
31 Aug 2017
Conciliation is a process whereby parties, with the help of a conciliator, meet to identify issues, develop solutions to the problem and explore ways to reach an agreement. This publication is a...
Building Commission
Information
12 Jul 2017
This Industry Bulletin outlines interconnection requirements for mains-powered smoke alarms installed as part of new building work, such as an addition or alteration, to existing dwellings. This...
Building Commission
Bulletin
12 May 2017
The following is a guide for home owners who may have concerns about the stability of the plasterboard ceilings within their home.
Building Commission
Fact sheet
11 May 2017
28 April 2017 A new Australian Standard applies from 1 May 2017 to new installations of smoke alarms in residential dwellings. Importantly, this includes new smoke alarms installed in dwellings...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 May 2017
28 April 2017 A new Australian Standard applies from 1 May 2017 to new installations of smoke alarms in residential dwellings. Importantly, this includes new smoke alarms installed in dwellings...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 May 2017
The Building Commission has released a final audit report on some compliance and conformance issues that arose during the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) at the QEII Medical...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
24 Apr 2017
An audit of contractor and product performance in the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Reports
24 Apr 2017
The Building Commission released an e-letter on 28 November 2016 to remind building industry practitioners about interconnection of smoke alarms and the new Australian Standard for smoke alarms. This...
Building Commission
Bulletin
28 Feb 2017

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A Queens Park man has been fined $3,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for selling vehicles from his home without a licence. Ali Hadi pleaded guilty on 27 July 2018 of breaching the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act and was also ordered to pay costs of $546. Between June 2016 and April 2018, Mr Hadi bought 66 motor vehicles and sold 63 vehicles, mostly via Gumtree. Commissioner for Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Aug 2018
A Redcliffe couple who bought and sold vehicles without a licence, used false names and wound-back odometers were fined a total of $21,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court. Between July 2016 and November 2017, the couple bought and sold 51 vehicles without a licence and used false names when registering the vehicles to avoid detection, in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA). They pleaded...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Aug 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 155.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 31 July 2018, most BP, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (an increase of between 22 cpl and 27 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, Caltex and Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jul 2018
Imported cosmetic eyeliners that contain 84 percent lead are being taken off store shelves throughout Australia with WA shoppers warned to be on the look-out. Consumer Protection said testing by NSW Fair Trading found that Hashmi Surmi Special and Hashmi Kohl Aswad eyeliners had dangerous levels of lead as well as containing other hazardous metals like arsenic, cadmium, chromium and mercury. It...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jul 2018
Funding to provide family violence rental law education for tenant advocates After the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018 passed the Lower House in June 2018, $50,000 from the State Government’s Consumer Credit Account is being granted to Tenancy WA to train community workers ahead of the tenancy law changes. Tenancy WA in conjunction with the Women’s Council...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 155.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 24 July 2018, most Caltex, Puma, BP and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (an increase of between 21 cpl and 28 cpl). Most 7-Eleven and Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jul 2018
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It is now easier for consumers to know where their food comes from with the introduction of mandatory Country of Origin food labelling which became effective as of 1 July 2018. All businesses, including manufacturers, processors and importers that offer food for retail sale in Australia, must comply with the Country of Origin Food Labelling...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jul 2018
Consumer Protection is encouraging Perth landlords to attend a Shelter WA Homelessness Week Event, to learn about ways to help tenants experiencing family violence and other serious problems. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the ‘Landlords Making A Difference’ session on 9 August in Maylands is a great opportunity for owners of rental homes to hear from government,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Jul 2018
Door to door salespeople who ignore ‘Do Not Knock’ stickers on homes may face prosecution, Consumer Protection has warned. The agency has received several reports from Perth consumers claiming that they were visited by door to door traders despite having a ‘Do Not Knock’ sticker displayed. The Federal Court has previously ruled that the sticker conveyed a clear and unambiguous request for a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Jul 2018
WA households have begun receiving scam mail in the form of glossy travel brochures that contain two fake scratchies, with one showing a $US200,000 win. It’s a long-running scam from Malaysia that has been the subject of warnings from Consumer Protection for many years but, each time, the scammers change the name of the promotion and the business behind it. The latest reincarnations go under the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jul 2018

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