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David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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Furniture Stability From a toddler’s point of view, home looks like a big playground. They don’t recognise the dangers. The trouble is that most parents don’t recognise the dangers either. Unstable furniture can tip over when a child climbs or pulls on it. This can cause serious injuries if it...
Product safety for consumers
Due to the rising number of incidents, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and consumer protection agencies around Australia encourage all traders to consider their products and the risk to consumers of toppling furniture. Toppling furniture—understanding the risks Many may be...
Product safety for business
Safety in and around a rental property is the responsibility of both the landlord and tenant. Landlord’s responsibility Landlords must ensure the rental premises are safe to live in. Under common law, a landlord has a duty of care to tenants as well as anyone the tenant invites into the property...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Consumer Protection Awards 2018 Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2018 Consumer Protection Awards and many thanks to all the nominees for their dedication to advancing consumer protection and injury prevention for children in Western Australia. Rona Okely Award Finalists: Helen...
Consumer Protection Awards
A national recall is being coordinated by a taskforce chaired by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Energy Safety , Consumer Protection and the Building Commission are working with the taskforce as the WA regulators. The sub-standard cables, imported by Infinity Cable Co Pty...
Electrical installations
Consumer Protection media statements are available online. Ministerial media statements Media statements issued by the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Commerce, are available from the Government Media Office page .
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Consumer Protection provides a variety of online resources: Online complaint form – to submit a complaint about a trader. Please attempt to follow our advice on resolving disputes via the consumer complaint checklist before formally making a complaint. WA ScamNet – profiles the most prevalent scams...
Online resources
Consumer Protection provides advice and information for Western Australian consumers, businesses, landlords and tenants. Read our publication Your guide to Consumer Protection for further information. The information on this website can help you with answer a question about: housing and...
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Consumer Protection has one metropolitan Perth office and six regional locations in Western Australia. Need to submit a payment? Cashier counter services are located at the Cannington office. Payments will no longer be accepted at the Perth office. The cashier services include lodging payments for...
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Furniture stability From a child’s point of view, your home looks like a big playground. But there are hidden dangers they don’t recognise. Unstable furniture can tip over when a child climbs or...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
24 Apr 2018
Portable pool safety fact sheet 1
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
18 Apr 2018
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
In July 2016 asbestos was found in composite roof panels at the new Perth Children’s Hospital. The roof panels were imported from China and classified as “asbestos free”, but testing by a National...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 Sep 2016
What types of internal window coverings are a safety hazard for children?
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
09 Aug 2016
A summary of statistical information about electrical incidents in Western Australia.
EnergySafety
Reports
07 Apr 2015
When was the last time you checked your LP Gas installation to ensure it was safe and complies?
EnergySafety
Brochure
30 May 2014
A series of product safety publications for businesses.
Consumer Protection
Information
27 May 2014
Better Trading was a free electronic newsletter published by Consumer Protection. It contained current issues, important events and future trends in consumer protection and fair trading matters...
Consumer Protection
Newsletter
12 Mar 2015
Motor vehicle repairers and repair businesses operating in Western Australia are regulated under the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003 (the Act). The Act requires all motor vehicle repair businesses...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
16 Aug 2017

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Do you have a Vulcan Heritage or a Pyrox Heritage gas heater? People with Vulcan Heritage or Pyrox Heritage gas heaters in their homes need to get them checked by a qualified gasfitter immediately. Laboratory tests show that under certain conditions the heaters produce too much carbon monoxide. Particularly if homes have poor ventilation and bathroom exhaust fans or kitchen rangehoods are used at...
EnergySafety
Alert
01 Jun 2018
Rand Transport (1986) Pty Ltd was handed a $45,000 fine and a $2900 costs penalty in the Perth Magistrate Court following serious ammonia gas burns to a contract worker. Rand, a cold storage food distributor, pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace where contractors were not exposed to hazards. On 11 December 2014, during the construction of a dividing wall within a...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 May 2018
A voluntary recall is underway of unsafe components of gate latches for swimming pool fences which can cause the gate to be locked in an open position, posing a potential drowning risk for children. The strike component is being recalled, contained in the following latches: SafeTech Top Pull Pool Gate Latch (Key Lockable) G8Safe Top Pull Pool Gate Latch (Key Lockable) SafeTech TriLatch (Key...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Mar 2018
A study into the drowning risks associated with mermaid tails and monofins has found that they significantly hinder a child’s ability to swim and has recommended age restrictions and increased supervision for their use. The Perth-based review, conducted by The Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia (RLSSWA) and funded by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), tested...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jan 2018
The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has written to 2,300 people in WA who have possibly purchased Samsung washing machines, now recalled, which may put their lives at risk. It follows exhaustive efforts to maximise the response rate to the 2013 recall of the top loader washing machines which have caused about 200 house fires throughout Australia in recent years. The machines were...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Nov 2017
A butane gas lighter which recently exploded and injured a Donnybrook woman has been recalled from sale. The supplier of the Trio jet lighter in Queensland has voluntarily agreed to withdraw the item from sale with a notice expected to be posted soon on the recalls website www.recalls.gov.au . Consumer Protection is now ensuring retailers that stocked the lighters have removed them from their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Oct 2017
Children heading to this year’s Perth Royal Show will have at least 258 safe showbags to choose from after Consumer Protection carried out its annual checks on toys and novelty items contained in the bags. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said product safety officers have inspected more than 1,500 individual items before declaring the showbags to be safe. “Of the hundreds of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Sep 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Do you buy electrical products online? You may be shocked to hear that overseas plug converters supplied with appliances to make them usable in Australia could harm or kill you! There have been two local cases recently where consumers reported receiving electric shocks from power adaptors that came with appliances they’d purchased...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Sep 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard You’ve probably seen photos or videos of babies bobbing up and down in water aided by a baby neck float. In case the craze has passed you by, the inflatable plastic rings go around an infant’s neck to support them as they float on water. They are used in the same way as other flotation devices, except they keep only the head afloat...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Aug 2017
Energy Safety and Consumer Protection are issuing a joint public alert, concerned about the dangers of WA consumers using power adaptors that don’t meet Australian safety standards. The warning comes after two consumers reported receiving electric shocks after using an unsafe international adaptor. When the travel adaptor is plugged into a power board, two exposed pins designed for the United...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Aug 2017

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