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Gift recipients have the same rights and responsibilities and are entitled to the same remedies as a consumer who has bought goods or services directly.
Lay-bys, vouchers and gifts
A‘lay-by’ agreement exists when if the consumer: pays for the goods in at least three instalments (when the agreement is not stated to be a ‘lay by’ agreement) or in at least two instalments (when the agreement is called a ‘lay-by’ agreement); and does not receive the goods until the full price has...
Lay-bys, vouchers and gifts
Every Australian business has the same rights and responsibilities under the Australian Consumer Law. By knowing your rights and responsibilities, you can look after your business and your customers. ACL guides There are six guides to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), developed by Australia’s...
Business tools
Make sure you use a licensed gas fitter whenever you have gasfitting work done. Gasfitting is a skilled technical trade requiring extensive training to become competent. Gasfitting not completed to the required standards is a serious safety hazard. In Western Australia, only licensed gas fitters...
Gas installations
A consumer who wants to make a claim about faulty goods or services against a supplier or manufacturer will usually need to show they obtained the goods or services from the supplier or manufacturer. The same applies to gift recipients. Businesses are understandably concerned to ensure claims made...
Receipts
Consumers must be provided with an itemised bill if they request one. The supplier must give the consumer the itemised bill, without charge, within seven days of the request. It must be expressed in plain language, legible and clear. A consumer can ask a supplier for an itemised bill which shows:...
Receipts
New vehicle (manufacturer's) warranties When you buy a new vehicle the manufacturer will "guarantee" the vehicle, usually for a limited period of time, provided the vehicle is used correctly. This guarantee is known as a manufacturer's warranty or 'express warranty' because it is 'expressed',...
Buying a vehicle
When you buy a vehicle from a dealer, it will come with a warranty - a manufacturer's warranty if it is new, and a statutory (dealer's) warranty if it is second-hand. Note: Older second-hand vehicles and some types of vehicles may not be covered by statutory warranty. All vehicles, both new and...
Buying a vehicle
There are a number of places where you can buy a vehicle. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Buying from a dealer Buying a vehicle from a licensed motor vehicle dealer is the safest way and provides some real advantages. The dealer is obliged by law to guarantee that there is no money owing on...
Buying a vehicle
The Code of Practice also places requirements on other businesses that supply fitness services, such as gym, aerobics and aqua aerobics instructors and personal trainers. For all such businesses, false and misleading statements are prohibited in respect to: fees charged all sales advertising...
Gyms

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Publications

Application to extend time – occupancy permit or building approval certificate
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Application to extend a building or demolition permit
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Notice and request for consent (response notice): Protection structures, party walls, removal of fences, access to land
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Notice and request for consent to encroach or adversely affect
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Certificate of building compliance
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Certificate of construction compliance
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Application for Building Approval Certificate Strata
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Application for building approval certificate
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Occupancy permit strata
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Application for occupancy permit strata
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014

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Announcements

The end of the financial year is the busiest time when tax scammers become active and Consumer Protection is urging people not to fall victim. According to figures from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), a total of 56 victims reported losing more than $258,000 to phone based tax scams in WA in 2016. Already this year, 8 victims have reported losing more than $15,000 to ATO impersonation scam...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 May 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 136 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 2 May 2017, most 7-Eleven, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (increasing between 20 and 24 cpl). Most Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 May 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard You may have seen advertisements for LuxStyle on Facebook or Instagram. In March 2017, Consumer Protection welcomed a Public Warning Notice issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) about the alleged conduct of the Denmark-based online retailer Lux International Sales ApS, which trades under the name...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Apr 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard When you’re looking for flights or accommodation, insurance or finance products or even a real estate agent there are comparison websites claiming to have shopped around for you. They may advertise on TV and radio and their online promotion often involves them paying to make their site appear toward the top of the page when you type...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Apr 2017
The Building Services Board has imposed a condition on the contractor registration of Mount Hawthorn-based builder Turquoise Developments Pty Ltd (reg. BC14354), trading as Talbot Le Page Homes.
Building Commission
Media release
26 Apr 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 137.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 25 April 2017, most Puma, BP, Caltex Woolworths, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (increasing between 20 and 24 cpl). Most United sites...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Apr 2017
Scammers are using the name of a Subiaco jeweller to persuade their victims to urgently send money in a new variation to the ‘help me’ scam. Recent reports received by WA Scamnet at Consumer Protection suggest that people are receiving phone calls from scammers saying that a relative or friend has purchased jewellery at the Smales jewellery store but their credit card transaction had been...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Apr 2017
The Building Commission’s final report into the construction of the Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) has cleared the building of asbestos and fire safety issues and identifies the likely sources of the lead contamination.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Apr 2017
A real estate agent who forged signatures and prepared bogus listing and sales contracts has had his licence cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and has been banned from working in the industry in WA for 15 years. Joseph Weng Kong Cheong and his company Easy Invest Pty Ltd , formerly based in Rivervale, were reprimanded and their licences cancelled as a result of disciplinary...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2017
Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), a body made up of consumer affairs officials across Australia, has delivered its final report on the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) review to Commonwealth, state and territory consumer affairs Ministers. CAANZ proposes a package of 19 proposed legislative reforms to strengthen and clarify the ACL in order to improve consumer wellbeing. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Apr 2017

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