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Consumer reviews and testimonials are increasingly being relied upon by consumers as a low cost means of making an informed purchasing decision, especially online. Reviews may be written about a business’ goods or services or about a business or brand itself. As long as the integrity of those...
Buying online
Did you know, you can purchase or be given a second-hand cot that does not meet current safety standards ? Product Safety Australia issues the mandatory standards for cots to help prevent accidents. Second-hand cots have been associated with fatal injuries in children under 12 months old. Young...
Product safety for consumers
Consumer Protection is seeking industry views on the final draft of the new Settlement Agents Code of Conduct 2016. Status : CLOSED Friday 20 May 2016 Background The new code, will replace the existing Settlement Agents’ Code of Conduct 1982 ( the 1982 Code) and implements feedback previously...
Consultations and reports
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are provided to assist industry and homeowners to understand the bush fire requirements under the building legislation, including the Building Code of Australia (BCA) bush fire requirements, and to assist those who wish to upgrade their existing homes...
Building in bushfire prone areas
Final Report Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand recently sought your views on the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). This review is now complete and the Australian Consumer Law Review Final Report has been published on the Australian Consumer Law website. Background The Australian Consumer Law...
Consultations and reports
Self-balancing scooters (also known as hoverboards, gliders, smart boards, sky walkers and mod boards) which do not meet safety requirements are banned by Product Safety Australia. How do I know if my hoverboard meets the safety requirements specified in the mandatory standard? You should seek...
Product safety for consumers
As the National Broadband Network (NBN) rolls out across Australia, Telstra’s and Optus’ existing fixed line networks are being progressively disconnected. Monitored fire alarms and lift phones operating over these networks may cease to operate unless they are migrated to an alternate...
Plant and machinery
This is the second stage in the review of laws affecting co-operatives in Western Australia. Status : Closed - Monday 29 February 2016 Consumers and business who believe they may be affected by proposals to amend the Co-operatives Regulations 2010 were urged to consider the proposed changes and to...
Consultations and reports
The 2015 Indigenous Consumers Count report presents the findings of research into the perceptions of Indigenous consumers as well as Indigenous corporations, advocates and service providers concerned with the needs of Indigenous Western Australians. The objective of the project was to explore:...
Aboriginal consumers
Status: CLOSED - Closes Friday 29th January 2016 The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is seeking feedback on possible improvements to Australia's country of labelling framework, including the impact of proposed changes. If you are a consumer or business with an interest in country of...
Consultations and reports

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The Department of Commerce’s Consumer Protection Division is here to help consumers get a fair result if they have a dispute with a trader. One of the processes used by Consumer Protection is called...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
28 Apr 2016
This is a range of promotional material showing simple tips to check your second-hand cot is safe for baby.
Cot safety - poster
Cot safety - poster, by Consumer Protection - Product safety
Cot Safety Tips to check if your second-hand cot is...
Consumer Protection
Promotions
29 Apr 2016
Building Commission
Fact sheet
26 Apr 2016
From 8 April 2016 new roof-mounted evaporative coolers being installed on residential buildings that are located in a designated bush fire prone area must be fitted with non-combustible covers. It is...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
07 Jul 2017
Energy Safety carried out an investigation into a fire which occurred in a paddock at 494 Browne Road, Nyabing, East of Katanning on 13 February 2014. The investigation found that the electrical...
EnergySafety
Reports
30 Mar 2016
29 January 2016 As outlined in e-bulletin issue 53 , the regulation of fees will cease as of 3 February 2016. Settlement agents are able to determine the fee structure to charge their client for...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Jan 2016

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The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 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 30 May 2017, most Puma sites are increasing their ULP price by 29 cpl to 141.9 cpl. Most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 139...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 May 2017
A Perth real estate agency’s computer system has been hacked by scammers, resulting in bogus advertisements being posted on numerous rental accommodation websites. Actions are being taken to have the fake ads removed and to have an email address being used by the scammers ( rentscall@gmail.com ) closed down. The scammers gained access to the western suburbs’ agency’s log in details for sites such...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 May 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 22 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 23 May 2017, most Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (an increase of 29 cpl and 27 cpl, respectively). Most Caltex and Coles Express sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 May 2017
Building Commissioner Peter Gow has issued a public warning about the status of registered building contractor Contempo Group Pty Ltd (reg. BC14145). The Building Commission has been advised by Contempo Group’s director that the building contractor’s nominated building supervisor, Mr John Hewitt (reg. 14108) is no longer performing the role of nominated supervisor. The Building Commission has...
Building Commission
Media release
22 May 2017
Residential building work over $20,000 must be covered by home indemnity insurance (HII) which protects owners against the risk of losing the deposit or other financial loss if the builder cannot complete the work or meet a valid claim for faulty or unsatisfactory building work because of death, disappearance or insolvency. Residential builders, owner builders and permit authorities are reminded...
Building Commission
Department News
22 May 2017
A safety investigation has been launched into the novelty items ‘fidget spinners’ following reports of injuries and concerns about some models which contain button batteries. Among the injury reports are an 11 year old boy in Victoria who suffered a serious eye injury from a model with sharp edges and a ten year old girl in the United States who swallowed one of the small parts. Product safety...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 May 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 16 May 2017, most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 138.9 cpl (an increase of 25 cpl). Most Puma, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 137.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 May 2017
A product recall has been issued for the Rinnai Symmetry inbuilt gas log effect space heater, models RDV3610ETR and RDV3611ETR. It has been identified that under some circumstances the mesh guard may separate from the front of the heater and there is also a remote possibility of glass breakage resulting in a risk of injury. Other Rinnai models are not affected. If you have one of the affected...
EnergySafety
Alert
15 May 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection WA is a proud supporter of Fraud Week, which this year starts on the 15 th of May and aims to help social media users learn how to spot a scam. Social media profiles often display a lot of personal information, such as your photos, where you have been lately, a record of life events, who you’re connected to and...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 May 2017
The Building Commission has become aware of a number of ceiling collapses, particularly in homes completed between the years 2005 and 2009, which prompted an investigation into what caused the ceilings to fail. The Building Commission has inspected seven homes where ceiling failures had been reported. The homes inspected were completed during the past 10 or so years. The Building Commission’s...
Building Commission
Media release
11 May 2017

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