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Every week, around 20 Australian children present to an emergency department following exposure to button batteries, including ingestions and insertions. Keep products with button batteries out of sight and out of reach of small children. Lithium button batteries are found in many common household...
Product safety for consumers
Consumer Protection is seeking community feedback about whether new laws should be introduced to regulate boarding and lodging in WA. Status: OPEN, closing date Friday 16 December 2016 Background Boarders and lodgers are currently not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act , although boarding...
Consultations and reports
In one year in Australia, 1668 people aged 65 years and over were hospitalised because they fell from a ladder. Sixty-two per cent of those injuries occurred in or around their home. Ladder related injuries among men aged 65 years and older is steadily increasing in Australia. The national...
Product safety for consumers
Consumer Protection advice line Consumer Protection's Advice Line provides “on-the-spot” information, advice and assistance about scams and general issues in the marketplace, particularly consumer and trader rights and responsibilities. Phone: 1300 30 40 54 email WA ScamNet The National Disability...
People with disability
Thousands of people with all types of disability regularly travel by air. However, you may not know what to expect, particularly if it is your first time flying or you are travelling on a different airline. Service and travel procedures may vary between airlines and airports. Planning your travel...
People with disability
The National Relay Service helps deaf, hearing and/or speech-impaired people to make and receive phone calls. The Department of Commerce uses NRS to ensure our contact numbers are accessible to people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. To access a standard, mobile, 1300, or 1900...
Accessibility
Important electrical safety message from the Director of Energy Safety To Home owners Dear Sir / Madam No RCD means no second chance RCDs are the single most effective measure to prevent electrocutions, serious electrical injuries and fires. The circuit breakers and fuses in your electrical panel...
Residual Current Devices (RCD)
On 16 December 2015, Mr Lex McCulloch the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner announced the Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division (WorkSafe) would be undertaking a review of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations for adoption in Western Australia. The key principles of the...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia
The State Government is partnering with the Federal Government and industry to improve mobile and internet coverage in regional Western Australia. State Government's significant investment of more than $105 million since 2012 in regional telecommunications is driving the construction of new or...
Regional Telecommunications Project
This page covers the fuel prices beyond the retail pump. How does the price of crude oil affect Australian retail prices? Crude oil prices quoted in the media usually refer to West Texas Intermediate (WTI). The relevant crude oil for Australia is Tapis and Brent. The majority of crude oil used as...
FuelWatch

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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
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
State of the build More mobile base stations have been rolled out under the alignment of the State’s Regional Telecommunications Project with the Commonwealth’s Mobile Black Spot Program , with...
Industry Development
Newsletter
01 Nov 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

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The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 137.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 28 February 2017, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 141.9 cpl (an increase of 17 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths, Puma and BP sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Feb 2017
A director and former director of a liquidated solar company have each been fined $1,500 and ordered to pay court costs of $622.25 in relation to potential customers being misled and a deposit taken during the 10 business day ’cooling off period’ a customer is entitled to under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Jarrad Graeme Hand, director of Polaris Solar Pty Ltd (voluntarily wound up) and a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Feb 2017
A WA real estate agency and sales representative have been fined $12,000 each as part of State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) disciplinary action by Consumer Protection over dishonest conduct during property sale transactions. Sunrun Nominees Pty Ltd trading as House Real Estate WA and Frank Andrew Torre are subject to orders after contravening the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978 and the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Feb 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Puppy scammers have been getting their claws into the money of pet-buyers in Western Australia for years. The scammers also use kittens, birds and other popular animals as bait. Sadly the animal never arrives and Consumer Protection has received reports of monetary loss from many heartbroken would-be pet owners. Advertisements can be...
Consumer Protection
Department News
23 Feb 2017
A handyman who took money from consumers but failed to carry out the work has been fined $6,000, ordered to pay a customer $2,150 in compensation and must also pay the $3,800 it cost Consumer Protection to prosecute him. Daniel Murray Howard, who has previously been convicted of dishonesty offences, pleaded guilty to three contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law during a hearing at the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Feb 2017
Graeme John Williams, the director and secretary of formerly registered and since liquidated building company Moonfern Pty Ltd (reg. BC11102 – expired), trading as Williams Homes, has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for performing work and demanding a deposit for the construction of a Broome dwelling without first providing the owners with a certificate of home indemnity insurance.
Building Commission
Media release
22 Feb 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 138.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 21 February 2017, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (an increase of 15 cpl). Most BP and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 141.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2017
UPDATE 16/3/17 - Federal Government imposes an interim national product safety ban for 60-days. Details released by Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack MP The sale of portable decorative ethanol burners will be banned in Western Australia for another month in a bid to protect consumers from burns or fire incidents. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe says the 30-...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Feb 2017
When we hear about a tragedy – from a bush fire or floods to someone badly injured by a coward’s punch or deaths in a terrorist attack – it’s normal to want to help those affected and giving or collecting money may seem the most practical way to do so. But cautionary tales from donors and collectors highlight the importance of our charity licensing laws. Consumer Protection is here to help people...
Consumer Protection
Department News
16 Feb 2017
The Building Regulations 2012 were amended on 8 February 2017 to introduce a transitional process for making streamlined applications under section 39 of the Building Act 2011 for seeking a declaration from the Building Commissioner for the non-application or modification of a bush fire building standard. The Building Commissioner can only make a declaration when satisfied that the declaration...
Building Commission
Department News
13 Feb 2017

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