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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
Building in designated bush fire prone areas In Western Australia, building work is required to comply with the performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia (the Building Code), which comprises Volumes One and Two of the National Construction Code Series. The Building Code contains...
Building in bushfire prone areas
There are over 3,000 trampoline-related injuries reported each year in Australia, making them some of the most reported product-related injuries to children in Australia. This equates to at least eight people a day being injured on a trampoline. Injuries include bone fractures, superficial...
Product safety for consumers
In September 2015 the former Government released a Regulatory Reform Policy Statement with a focus on red tape reduction. Considerable work has been undertaken across the department to address any duplicate or confusing regulations, simplify forms and paperwork, and remove any unnecessary...
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Conciliation is a process whereby parties, with the help of a conciliator, meet to identify issues, develop solutions to the problem and explore ways to reach an agreement. This publication is a...
Building Commission
Information
12 Jul 2017
This Industry Bulletin outlines interconnection requirements for mains-powered smoke alarms installed as part of new building work, such as an addition or alteration, to existing dwellings. This...
Building Commission
Bulletin
12 May 2017
The following is a guide for home owners who may have concerns about the stability of the plasterboard ceilings within their home.
Building Commission
Fact sheet
11 May 2017
28 April 2017 A new Australian Standard applies from 1 May 2017 to new installations of smoke alarms in residential dwellings. Importantly, this includes new smoke alarms installed in dwellings...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 May 2017
28 April 2017 A new Australian Standard applies from 1 May 2017 to new installations of smoke alarms in residential dwellings. Importantly, this includes new smoke alarms installed in dwellings...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 May 2017
The Building Commission has released a final audit report on some compliance and conformance issues that arose during the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) at the QEII Medical...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
24 Apr 2017
An audit of contractor and product performance in the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Reports
24 Apr 2017
The Building Commission released an e-letter on 28 November 2016 to remind building industry practitioners about interconnection of smoke alarms and the new Australian Standard for smoke alarms. This...
Building Commission
Bulletin
28 Feb 2017
Application for modification or non-application of a bush fire building standard
Building Commission
Form – application
13 Feb 2017

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Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
EnergySafety
Media release
11 May 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 22 cents per litre (cpl) to 154.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 8 May 2018, most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (an increase of between 26 and 30 cpl). Most Puma sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 May 2018
Building Commissioner Ken Bowron has issued a warning to consumers about the status of registered building contractors Archiapps Pty Ltd (reg BC14480) and Archiapps Development Pty Ltd (reg BC101981). The Building Commissioner has received information giving rise to concerns about the builders’ capacity to pay their debts as and when they fall due. “The fact that the number of court actions...
Building Commission
Media release
04 May 2018
Consumer Protection fears some WA consumers are at risk of suffering large losses after the closure of a West Perth car dealership which specialised in selling luxury vehicles on consignment. So far 15 car owners who signed consignment contracts with Luxuride in Newcastle Street have reported being out of pocket a total of $960,000. The car yard was operated by Luxuride Pty Ltd . Director Nicolas...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 May 2018
West Australians could be putting their own and their family’s health at risk this winter when they switch on their gas heaters for the first time. Carbon monoxide gas leaking from faulty heaters can be fatal as was the tragic and alarming case of Chase and Tyler Robinson, aged eight and six, who died in 2010 in their home in Shepparton, Victoria. This week, April 30 – May 6 marks the annual...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
01 May 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 152.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 1 May 2018, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Puma and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price to 156.9 cpl (an increase of between 23 and 27 cpl). Most 7-Eleven sites...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Apr 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 151.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 24 April 2018, most Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price to 156.9 cpl (an increase of between 21 and 27 cpl). Most Caltex and Puma sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Apr 2018
WA consumers are being warned to be alert to tax scams which are usually prevalent in the months before and after the end of the financial year. Victims are cold-called by scammers claiming to be from the tax office demanding that a bogus tax debt be paid immediately; otherwise they will face arrest. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the majority of tax scam reports are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Apr 2018
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Renting a home is a good option for many consumers but sometimes the relationship between tenants and landlords can experience difficulties when issues arise. Residential Tenancy is a large part of the work we do at Consumer Protection. We give free advice to all parties in a residential tenancy agreement, look into complaints and, wherever...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 149.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 17 April 2018, most Caltex, Puma, BP and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 153.9 cpl (an increase of between 26 and 28 cpl). Most 7-Eleven and Coles Express...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Apr 2018

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