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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
Most people’s biggest investment is their home, so it is important that your contract to build or renovate goes smoothly. Resolving disputes can be costly, both personally and financially. Building and Energy has a responsibility to ensure that consumers have confidence in the building, building...
Building or renovating your home
As part of its function, Building and Energy provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to the carrying out of regulated building services and home building work contracts. These services are provided to parties as an alternative to the commencement of court...
Plumbing, building service, and home building contract complaints
The board advises the Minister and the Building Commissioner about matters relating to the Building Services (Registration) Act.
Boards
Boards and committees: Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Plumbing Industry Reference Group (PIRG), a committee of the Plumbers Licensing Board hosted by Building and Energy 6 Star Committee
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Losses are mounting following a spate of phone threats and voicemails from scammers demanding the payment of a fake tax debt or the victim will be arrested. So far this year, WA ScamNet at Consumer Protection has received 97 reports of tax phone scams with 15 victims losing a total of $188,200. The highest loss amount by one victim was $60,000. This compares with 2019 figures when $100,450 was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2020
Are you a consumer champion or do you know one? If so, then I would urge you to consider nominating for the Consumer Protection Awards 2021. Every day across Western Australia there are many individuals, organisations, businesses and media professionals working tirelessly to advocate for the consumer rights of others, many of whom are considered vulnerable. These unsung heroes often receive...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Oct 2020
Are you moving house? Then Consumer Protection recommends choosing your removalist wisely as about 40 complaints have been received so far this year against a few rogue operators in Perth. Issues raised in the complaints relate to damage to goods, late arrivals, untrained contractors, false claims that they have insurance when they don’t, poorly equipped vehicles and coercion for payment prior to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Oct 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 135 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 14 October 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 44 cpl up to 147.9 cpl; Caltex, BP and Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Oct 2020
With many people experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, one way consumers can save money is by checking and comparing unit prices when grocery shopping. Unit pricing shows consumers the value of grocery products as a cost per standard unit of measurement on shelf labels. Large grocery stores and some online grocery retailers must display the unit price when...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Oct 2020
A solar power company has been fined $6,000 after admitting to eight breaches of Australian Consumer Law when it published fake testimonials on its website. At Perth Magistrates Court on 2 October 2020, Suntech Solar Pty Ltd , trading as Ausuntech Energy , pleaded guilty to all charges following a prosecution by Consumer Protection. The court was told that the business copied eight testimonials...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Oct 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 7 October 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 44 cpl up to 147.9 cpl; BP, Caltex and Caltex Woolworths...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Oct 2020
The cooling off period for fitness industry contracts will increase to seven days from the current 48 hours under an updated mandatory Code of Practice that will come into effect on 1 July 2021. The new Code, to be part of the Fair Trading Act, will be expanded to include other fitness service providers apart from traditional gyms, such as personal trainers and group exercise organisers. Clearer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Oct 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 30 September 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 44 cpl up to 147.9 cpl; Caltex up to 145.9 cpl;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Sep 2020
COVID-19 rent grant updates See the latest announcement on the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme for current eligibility and application details. Next stage of grant helps tenants and landlords still affected by COVID-19 Tenants who received grant and are still in hardship can apply again Rent relief of up to $2,000 will be paid directly to landlords Western Australian tenants struggling...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Sep 2020

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