Product safety

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The national product safety provisions set out how the Australian and state/territory Governments can regulate consumer goods and product related services to ensure they are safe. These can include: imposing mandatory safety standards or information standards on goods or product related services;...
Standards, recalls and bans
A business must ensure their products meet acceptable levels of safety and will not cause harm when used as intended. Products must meet the requirements of relevant mandatory standards and bans . New and existing products are monitored by state and territory regulators, who can conduct...
Product safety for business
A supplier must meet the consumer guarantees for providing services: with due care and skill; which are fit for any specified purpose; and within the time specified, or within a reasonable time (when no time is set). What is ‘reasonable’ will depend on the nature of the services. If services fail...
Returns and cancellations
You must repay any money paid by the consumer for the returned goods, and return any other form of payment made by the consumer, for example, a trade-in. If this is not possible, you must refund the consumer the value of the other form of payment. You must not: offer a credit note, exchange card or...
Returns and cancellations
You must provide goods of the same type and similar value. If such a replacement is not reasonably available, the consumer may choose a repair or a refund. The consumer must return goods to you. If this involves significant cost to the consumer, you must collect the goods at your own expense – see...
Returns and cancellations
What if I can’t repair the goods? If a supplier cannot repair the goods—for instance, because the supplier does not have parts—or cannot do so within a reasonable time, the consumer can: reject the goods and seek either a refund or replacement; or have the goods fixed elsewhere and claim reasonable...
Returns and cancellations
Which goods are covered and what guarantees apply. Which goods are covered? Goods are covered when sold in trade or commerce and bought by a consumer. Second-hand, leased or hired goods are also covered. Some consumer guarantees apply regardless of whether the goods are sold in trade or commerce –...
Guarantees and warranties
Title to goo ds Suppliers guarantee they have the right to sell the goods (clear title), unless the supplier alerted the consumer before the sale that they had ‘limited title’. If goods are sold with limited title, any other person with ownership rights—for example, a person owed money by the...
Guarantees and warranties
A supplier guarantees that the goods will do the job the consumer was told they would. The ‘fit for purpose’ guarantee A supplier guarantees that goods will be reasonably fit for any purpose that the supplier or the consumer specified – the goods will do the job the consumer was told they would...
Guarantees and warranties
Description of goods must be accurate Suppliers and manufacturers guarantee that the description of goods for example, in a catalogue or television commercial is accurate. This does not apply to goods bought at auction. Matching description If the goods do not match the description for example, the...
Guarantees and warranties

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About this guide This is one of six guides to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) developed by Australia’s consumer protection agencies to help businesses understand their responsibilities under the...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
27 Apr 2016
This guide provides information on the ACL for electrical and whitegoods businesses. It covers key aspects of the law such as refunds, replacements and repairs, focusing on issues where: industry...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
09 Jan 2017
Warranty against defects A warranty against defects is an undertaking made at the time the goods or services are supplied. This promise is over and above the protections provided by law. It is...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
16 Jul 2019
Consumer Protection Strategic Plan 2012 - 2015
Consumer Protection
Plans
29 May 2014
On 1 July 2013, changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act) and the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989 came into force. These frequently asked questions are designed to assist you in...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
02 Dec 2019

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Announcements

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is conducting a stakeholder satisfaction survey to invite feedback on our services and our role as a regulator. The results will help DMIRS focus on business areas and services that need performance improvements. If you subscribe to a DMIRS email newsletter or subscriber news service, you may be contacted by email and invited to take...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Apr 2019
Now summer is officially over, our attention may soon turn to gas heaters and other gas appliances in the home. A recent safety alert affecting four popular gas heaters is a timely reminder that any gas equipment should be used and maintained correctly to avoid potentially dangerous consequences. Along with our colleagues at Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ), Consumer Protection is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Mar 2019
A national safety alert has been issued for four open-flued gas heaters that, under certain circumstances, may produce too much carbon monoxide – potentially causing serious health risks to users. Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) is urging owners of these gas heaters to stop using them immediately. The safety alert applies to: Regency i31 (purchased after 1 January 2010) supplied by...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Mar 2019
A family in mourning over the death of a child from toppling furniture has won a Consumer Protection Award, along with a consumer advocate, a community support group and an ABC reporter. The winners were announced by Commerce Minister John Quigley during a presentation breakfast at the University Club of WA. Reef Kite was almost two years old when he was killed in October 2015 when a chest of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2019
Many of us have fond memories of splashing around in a portable pool as a child and, as the weather warms up, we’ve launched a campaign to remind parents and carers to make these pools safe. Portable pools – ranging from small blow-up or plastic paddling or kiddie pools to bigger wading pools, inflatable spas or high-sided flexible plastic pools on a frame – can be popular in summer as a cheap...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2018
On average one child dies from a portable pool-related drowning every year in Australia, while others need hospital treatment and may be left with severe brain injuries. These statistics have prompted Australian Consumer Law and product safety regulators to join forces with Royal Life Saving Society - Australia to remind parents and carers to make portable pools SAFE. Portable pools – ranging...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2018
The State Government and Royal Life Saving Society - Australia have launched a national campaign to warn consumers about the dangers of portable pools this summer. Tragically, on average, one child dies from drowning in a portable pool every year, with others needing hospital treatment and some suffering from permanent brain damage. The Don't Duck Out, Make It SAFE initiative includes four key...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2018
A national voluntary recall has been issued for water absorbing balls sold by a WA supplier as a toy which may pose a danger to children. The supplier, Alpak Trade Pty Ltd trading as Fremantle Water Beads , has agreed to withdraw the water expandable polymer balls or water beads from the marketplace, but many of the products have already been sold in WA. The voluntary recall is the result of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Nov 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
Local governments are working to clear a backlog of inspections of private pool safety barriers in the wake of an Ombudsman Western Australia report on children drowning. The law requires that WA local councils inspect private pools in their jurisdiction at least once every four years to ensure they have complying fences or other safety barriers. In last year’s investigation report on ways to...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 Sep 2018

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