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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
Status: CLOSED - Closes Friday 29th January 2016 The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is seeking feedback on possible improvements to Australia's country of labelling framework, including the impact of proposed changes. If you are a consumer or business with an interest in country of...
Consultations and reports
Building in designated bush fire prone areas In Western Australia, building work is required to comply with the performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia (the Building Code), which comprises Volumes One and Two of the National Construction Code Series. The Building Code contains...
Building in bushfire prone areas
There are over 3,000 trampoline-related injuries reported each year in Australia, making them some of the most reported product-related injuries to children in Australia. This equates to at least eight people a day being injured on a trampoline. Injuries include bone fractures, superficial...
Product safety for consumers
In September 2015 the former Government released a Regulatory Reform Policy Statement with a focus on red tape reduction. Considerable work has been undertaken across the department to address any duplicate or confusing regulations, simplify forms and paperwork, and remove any unnecessary...
Other policies and plans
This is the second stage in the review of laws affecting motor vehicle dealers and repairers in Western Australia Status: Closed, Friday 18 December 2015 Consumer Protection sought the community’s views about options for reforming the laws regulating motor vehicle dealers, yard managers,...
Consultations and reports
Amber teething necklaces are a chain of rounded amber chips (fossilised tree resin) usually worn as a necklace. These products come in a range of colours, including yellow, white, beige and brown. It is claimed if a child wears the necklace against their skin it will help to reduce teething pain...
Product safety for consumers
The Commonwealth government wants to hear your views on options to increase consumer certainty about egg labelling. Update: 15 November 2016 - the Federal Government Treasury released a " free range egg labelling information standard " consultation open until Friday 9 December 2016. Stakeholders...
Consultations and reports
Suppliers and manufacturers automatically provide guarantees about goods they sell, under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). These guarantees are rights that exist regardless of any extra warranty provided by the supplier or manufacturer. Sometimes, when goods don’t work or do what they should, or...
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29 September 2016 A Perth real estate agent is breathing a sigh of relief after a cyber-attack was thwarted in an attempt to steal $500,000 from a trust account. It’s believed the cyber thieves...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Oct 2016
The department's annual report for 2015-2016 presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance, in accordance with the requirements of the...
Corporate
Reports
01 Nov 2016
It could have been fatal when Mick, a retired tradesperson, fell from a DIY structure he made with two ladders. He fractured his ribs and vertebrae. His head had swollen ‘like a bowling ball’ from...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
13 Sep 2016
An interim report on the discovery of asbestos within imported atrium roof panel products used in the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Reports
13 Sep 2016
The Building Commission is carrying out an independent audit of the Perth Children’s Hospital and other Western Australian buildings containing products supplied by Yuanda Australia Pty Ltd. The...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
13 Sep 2016
8 September 2016 Settlement agents are required to have their trust accounts for the year 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016, or part thereof, audited by an auditor approved by the Commissioner for Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Sep 2016
19 August 2016 Consumer Protection recently issued a warning to all organisations in WA about ‘ man in the middle scams ’. A ‘man in the middle’ attack occurs when a decision-maker in the business or...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Nov 2016
When building or renovating your home, it is essential that you understand the terms and conditions of your home building contract and what may be agreed as a progress payment schedule for the...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
24 Oct 2016
When you buy goods and services including disability-related purchases, you have rights under the Australian Consumer Law. Your rights when you buy something explains your consumer rights and the...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
21 Mar 2018

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A fencing contractor has been fined $2,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay compensation of $1,000 to a Gooseberry Hill consumer after taking a deposit but failing to do the work. Samuel Michael Gossage of Thornlie, trading as Sam’s Handyman and Fencing Services (unregistered), was also ordered to pay costs of $2,000 when he pleaded guilty on 2 February 2018 to breaching the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2018
Valentine’s Day is the traditional time of the year when people express their love for each other but, for many, it can be a disappointing and frustrating experience. Every year, Consumer Protection receives many complaints from people who have ordered flowers online for their loved ones only to find that they turn up late, if at all, or even dead on arrival. In 2017, a total of 42 complaints...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 6 February 2018, most 7-Eleven, Puma, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 and 25 cpl) and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Feb 2018
Scammers are tricking innocent victims to part with their money by using iTunes gift cards as their preferred method of payment. According to Consumer Protection WA ScamNet data, 34 victims purchased iTunes cards worth $116,909 in 2017, in comparison 17 victims reported losses totalling $68,637 in 2016. The cold calling scammers pretend they are from Telstra or the Australian Taxation Office...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Feb 2018
Former staff members of a failed Christian college, which specialised in educating ‘at risk’ youth, have been awarded entitlements totalling more than $250,000 following action by Consumer Protection. The Catalyst School, operated by the OK Youth Services Inc. association, began in 2009 and membership was open to those who were involved in the local Christian community. School attendees included...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jan 2018
Western Australian builder Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd (BC101237 – suspended) has today voluntarily entered into external administration.
Building Commission
Media release
30 Jan 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 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 30 January 2018, most 7-Eleven, Puma, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 and 25 cpl)...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2018
Building Commissioner Ken Bowron has suspended Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd’s (BC101237) building contractor registration due to concerns about the company’s financial status.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Karrinyup licensed plumbing contractor Joseph Travaglini (PL5037) has been fined $1,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Westminster man Jeffrey Dean Ramsey (BP102256 – cancelled) has been fined $5,000 and is no longer a registered builder in Western Australia after he provided false or misleading information to the Building Services Board to become registered.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Jan 2018

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