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The Building Commission is developing a range of videos for industry and consumers. Below is a list of videos currently available for viewing. Videos and presentations Changes to the Construction Contracts Act The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (CCA) is an important piece of legislation for the...
BC videos
Inflatable air lounges are a drowning risk if used on water. While some retailers selling this product may suggest they can be used on water, there may be a risk of unexpected deflation and we strongly recommend they are only used on dry land. These lounges should not be used on any water body (...
Product safety for consumers
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
Portable decorative ethanol burners designed for table-top use are the subject of an interim product safety ban.
Product safety for consumers
Consumer Protection sought public comment as a part of a review of the laws covering the licensing and conduct of auctioneers in WA. Status: CLOSED 15 April 2017 Background Currently under the Auction Sales Act 1973 , auctioneer licences are issued by local Magistrates Courts with WA Police checks...
Consultations and reports
Before you buy something, do your research and make sure you are getting the best disability good or service for your needs. This is particularly important if you are buying something that you will use for a long time or something worth a lot of money. Here are some tips to help you make an...
People with disability
Consumers can now identify how much of the food they are buying is sourced or made in Australia with the country of origin labelling system. There are two key features to look for a: kangaroo logo - which means the food is made or grown in Australia bar chart and description - which shows what...
Food
A chargeback is the reversal of a disputed transaction back to your credit card account. Chargebacks are only available on credit cards or if you use the ‘credit’ option on a debit or travel card. It is NOT available when you pay with cash, eftpos, BPAY, direct debit, money transfer or cheque...
Refunds and returns
Introduction Tenancy laws in WA are under review as part of the Government’s family violence reform plan and community feedback is now invited. The purpose of this options paper is to seek stakeholder feedback into preferred drafting options to amend the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 so that...
Consultations and reports
The Western Australian Products Symbol Act 1972 (the Act) authorises the use of the WA Birthmark symbol (a prescribed symbol) to distinguish and promote the sale of products made in Western Australia. A person who sells any product, the production and preparation of which is substantially carried...
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Refunds and returns sign sample We are not required to provide a refund or replacement if you change your mind. But you can choose a refund or exchange if an item has a major problem. This is when...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
07 Nov 2017
You are entitled to expect safe goods and services From 1 January 2011, every Australian consumer will be protected in the same way under the Australian Consumer Law from unsafe consumer products and...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
02 Nov 2017
An audit of contractor and product performance in the construction of fire walls at the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Reports
23 Oct 2017
The department's final annual report for 2016-2017 presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance, in accordance with the requirements of the...
Corporate
Reports
16 Oct 2017
About this guide This guide will help you find assistance when you are in dispute with a business. Your rights when you buy, hire or lease goods, or pay for services, are set out by the Australian...
Consumer Protection
Information
11 Oct 2017
Simpler regulation for your business From 1 January 2011, every Australian business will have the same rights and responsibilities under the Australian Consumer Law. By knowing your rights and...
Consumer Protection
Information
11 Oct 2017
A general inspection report into the construction of sheet metal clad timber framed roofing in Perth metropolitan and South West regions.
Building Commission
Reports
10 Oct 2017
While apartment living has many advantages, the fire at the Grenfell Tower in London and other fire events in Australia and around the world have highlighted the importance of fire safety in high-...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
03 Oct 2017
To keep your baby safe, please follow our tips.
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
22 Sep 2017
A general inspection into the use of Yuanda products in Western Australian buildings.
Building Commission
Reports
31 Aug 2017

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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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