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Some suppliers or manufacturers offer extended warranties to lengthen the coverage of their basic manufacturer’s warranty. Usually, consumers are offered the chance to buy an extended warranty after, or at the time, they buy the goods. Example: When a consumer buys a deck chair the retailer says...
Guarantees and warranties
Suppliers and manufacturers often make extra promises (sometimes called ‘express warranties’) about such things as the quality, state, condition, performance or characteristics of goods. An express warranty is not necessarily about the product breaking, it is about it living up to promises. Example...
Guarantees and warranties
Warranties and consumer guarantees Consumers have rights under consumer guarantees, regardless of any other warranty provided by the supplier or manufacturer. Key points about warranties and consumer guarantees You must: fix a problem when goods fail to meet a consumer guarantee, even if the...
Guarantees and warranties
Reasonable time, if no time set A contract or agreement for the supply of services usually states when the services will be provided and the date they will be completed. If not, you automatically guarantee to supply the service within a reasonable time. What is ’reasonable’ will depend on the...
Guarantees and warranties
Services must achieve the consumer’s stated purpose You guarantee your services will be reasonably fit for any purpose specified by the consumer and that any products resulting from the services are also fit for that purpose. Example: A consumer asks a carpenter to build a carport to cover his 4WD...
Guarantees and warranties
What services are covered by the consumer guarantees? Services that you provide in the course of your business or professional activity, including not-for-profit services, that: cost up to $40,000 (or any other amount set by the Australian Consumer Law in future), regardless of purpose or use; cost...
Guarantees and warranties
Manufacturers guarantee to take reasonable steps to provide spare parts and repair facilities, a place that can fix the consumer’s goods, for a reasonable time after purchase. If the manufacturer does not have an office in Australia, the importer takes on these responsibilities. Example: A consumer...
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...
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In May 2013, in accordance with the Parliament of Western Australia’s Standing Orders, two omissions from the full text of notes 21a and 29 to the financial statements were rectified. This PDF is the...
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
The 2012-13 Annual Report presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance. It is in five sections as required by the Financial Management Act...
Corporate
Reports
29 May 2014

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Announcements

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
A motor vehicle repairer has been fined $1,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to comply with a condition on his repairer’s certificate. Stephen Jeffrey Sokol of Aveley was reprimanded for breaching the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act and was also ordered to pay costs of $500. Consumer Protection issued a motor vehicle repairer’s certificate to Mr Sokol in March 2011. In June 2014,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 137 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 18 April 2017, most 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (increasing between 23 and 26 cpl). Most United sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Apr 2017
Building Commissioner Peter Gow has issued a public warning about the financial status of Mount Hawthorn registered building contractor Turquoise Developments Pty Ltd (reg. BC14354), trading as Talbot Le Page Homes.
Building Commission
Media release
18 Apr 2017
Consumer Protection reminds traders and consumers that the following retail trading hours for general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area will apply over the Easter long weekend: Good Friday (14 April) Closed Easter Saturday (15 April) 8am – 5pm Easter Sunday (16 April) 11am – 5pm Easter Monday (17 April) 8am – 6pm (extended trading approved) General retail shops All shops are regarded as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Apr 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 11 April 2017, most Caltex, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (an increase of 26 cpl by Caltex and Puma and 25 cpl by Coles Express). Most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Apr 2017
A roof insulation company has been fined $18,000 by the Albany Magistrates Court for misleading consumers about the quality rating and standard of one of their products. Golden Bay Properties Pty Ltd , trading as Jumbuck Wool Insulation , was also ordered to pay costs totalling $11,968 when sentenced on 6 April 2017. In September 2014, an officer from Consumer Protection purchased polyester...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Apr 2017
South-East Asian crime gangs based in the eastern states are renting homes from Perth landlords and turning them into indoor cannabis farms, causing extensive damage. Consumer Protection is urging private landlords to be aware of this recent criminal activity which is costing property owners tens of thousands of dollars in repair bills. A total of 21 homes over the past seven months have been...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Apr 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by about 16 cents per litre (cpl) to 133.0 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 4 April 2017, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 137.9 cpl (an increase of 25 cpl). Most 7-Eleven and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 136.9, most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Apr 2017
Western Australians are being warned by Consumer Protection and the Building Commission not to deal with a roofing business that is ignoring door-to-door trading laws.
Building Commission
Media release
03 Apr 2017

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