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If you want to cancel your membership agreement (after the 48-hour cooling-off period ends) you will need to check the specific details of your agreement to find out the circumstances in which you may end it. Different centres have different policies for ending membership agreements. For example,...
Gyms
You have 48-hours to cancel your membership agreement The cooling-off period means you can cancel your membership agreement, without needing to give a reason, during the 48 hours immediately after both you and the fitness centre signed the agreement. The fitness centre must give you a copy of the...
Gyms
Things to consider before signing a membership agreement Your fitness centre 'membership agreement' is a legally binding contract and must be in writing. You must be given an opportunity to read the agreement and the rules of the fitness centre before you sign up. The centre must also have a copy...
Gyms
Pre-paid membership agreements Under pre-paid membership agreements, you pay the full amount of the membership at the start. Pre-paid arrangements are limited to 12 months payment in advance. Pre-paid agreements can be cheaper than other options. However, if the fitness centre goes out of business...
Gyms
Information about the Fitness Industry Code of Practice The Fitness Industry Code of Practice has been operating in Western Australia since 1 January 2005 Fitness Industry Code of Practice - An Overview for the Fitness Industry The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety enforces the...
Gyms
Retail trading hours provide times when retailers in Western Australia can open for business. In some cases the type of business can dictate the hours which the business can be open to customers. There are also times throughout the year when extended trading may apply such as over the Christmas...
Trading hours
Some typical examples of situations that may lead to an unsolicited agreement being made are: Door-knocking households and offering to sell products or services, or inviting consumers to switch to a different service provider. Telephoning consumers and offering to sell products or services...
Door-to-door and telephone selling
Information standards regulate the type and amount of information provided to consumers about goods and services. The Commonwealth minister responsible for administering the Australian Consumer Law can: make new information standards; and declare an existing standard as a national information...
Information standards
It is unlawful to use physical force, coerce or unduly harass someone about the supply of, or payment for, goods or services. Undue harassment means unnecessary or excessive contact or communication with a person, to the point where that person feels intimidated, tired or demoralised. Coercion...
Sales practices
Referral selling is when a consumer is persuaded to buy goods or services by promises of a rebate, commission or other benefit for supplying information that helps the trader sell to other consumers, and the consumer does not get the promised benefit unless some other event happens after the...
Sales practices

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Building permit
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Certificate of design compliance
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Application for building permit – uncertified
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Application for building permit – certified
Building Commission
Form – application
24 Feb 2015
Buying a car is a big investment for most people. Make sure you do your homework before doing the deal, regardless of whether it’s through a private seller or with a car yard. Buying a new or used...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
01 Sep 2017
Organisations licensed under the Charitable Collections Act 1946 are entitled to visit a house to collect money or sell goods for a charitable purpose. All appeals must be authorised by the governing...
Consumer Protection
Information
03 Nov 2017
Commerce’s strategies for ensuring people with disabilities, their families and carers have equal opportunity to access our services and facilities.
Corporate
Plans
27 May 2014
Did you know the Department of Commerce can provide your business with information and advice on trading, employment and safety at work? Use this checklist to help identify where the department may...
Corporate
Checklist
27 May 2014
The plan contains seven strategic directions which clarify purpose and intent, while reminding our staff and the community of the important contribution the department makes to the lives of everyday...
Corporate
Plans
08 Dec 2016
Corporate
Information
27 May 2014

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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
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 14 February 2017, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 143.9 cpl (an increase of 16 cpl). Most Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl, most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Feb 2017
If you get a call from someone saying they are an officer at the Randwick Police Station and they want your help to catch a scammer, hang up – it’s a scam! Numerous reports have been received recently by Consumer Protection where scammers pretend to be police and tell their targets that their bank accounts or credit cards have been compromised. The pretend police officer then asks the target for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Feb 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 7 February 2017, most Caltex and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (an increase of 16 cpl by Caltex and 15 cpl by Puma). Most BP and Coles Express sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2017
Consumer Protection has issued advice to Tigerair passengers affected by the airline’s decision to permanently cancel all flights between Australia and Bali. Passengers who have tickets and have yet to travel are eligible for a full refund from the airline. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the airline has made a commitment to issue a full refund to affected...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Feb 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard A number of residential building companies have collapsed in WA in recent months prompting Consumer Protection to reissue advice to off-the-plan property buyers. One of the biggest risks for anyone purchasing a home and land package or a yet-to-be-built house, unit or apartment within a development, is the prospect of it not going...
Consumer Protection
Department News
02 Feb 2017
The Building Services Board has imposed conditions on the contractor registration of Burswood-based builder Builtoncorp Pty Ltd (reg. BC12114).
Building Commission
Media release
01 Feb 2017
So-called ‘Bitumen Bandits’ are once again operating in Western Australia prompting a fresh Consumer Protection warning. In recent days reports of itinerant driveway layers have been received from north of Perth to the State’s South-West. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard advises home and business owners to say NO to on-the-spot deals offered by these travelling conmen. “...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Feb 2017
Retail trading hours for the Labour Day (March 6) and Easter Monday (April 17) public holidays will be extended by four hours, with major retailers being able to open from 8am to 6pm. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin has approved the extension from the standard 11am-5pm trading times for general retail shops on Sundays and public holidays. "The extended hours this year are consistent with those...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jan 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 138.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 31 January 2017, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (an increase of 13 cpl). Most BP and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jan 2017

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