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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
Changes to requirements 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...
Building safely 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...
Other policies and plans
This is the second stage in the review of laws affecting motor vehicle dealers and repairers in Western Australia Status: Closed, Friday 18 December 2015 Consumer Protection sought the community’s views about options for reforming the laws regulating motor vehicle dealers, yard managers,...
Consultations and reports
Amber teething necklaces are a chain of rounded amber chips (fossilised tree resin) usually worn as a necklace. These products come in a range of colours, including yellow, white, beige and brown. It is claimed if a child wears the necklace against their skin it will help to reduce teething pain...
Product safety for consumers
The Commonwealth government wants to hear your views on options to increase consumer certainty about egg labelling. Update: 15 November 2016 - the Federal Government Treasury released a " free range egg labelling information standard " consultation open until Friday 9 December 2016. Stakeholders...
Consultations and reports
Suppliers and manufacturers automatically provide guarantees about goods they sell, under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). These guarantees are rights that exist regardless of any extra warranty provided by the supplier or manufacturer. Sometimes, when goods don’t work or do what they should, or...
Refunds and returns
Have you seen those ads on TV telling you how affordable a funeral plan can be? They say you can put money aside now to take the pressure off your family later. There are different ways to pay for a funeral, but some may be more suitable for you than others. One of the easiest ways to pay for a...
Aboriginal consumers

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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
25 January 2016 Following consultation with industry in 2014, the Minister for Commerce has announced the scale of maximum fees for settlement agents will be removed. From Wednesday 3 February 2016,...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Mar 2016
25 January 2016 Following consultation with industry in 2014, the Minister for Commerce has announced the scale of maximum fees fixed for land valuers will be removed. From Wednesday 3 February 2016...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
27 Jan 2016
Have your say Feedback on the proposed amendments will be accepted until Monday 29 February 2016 Make a submission The Co-operatives Amendment Bill 2015 (the Bill), introduced into the Parliament in...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
13 Jan 2016
In Western Australia building work is required to comply with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The BCA is a performance based document that provides minimum technical...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
24 Oct 2016
This guide will help you understand the process for obtaining approval to build and occupy a building in Western Australia.
Building Commission
Guide / handbook
27 Nov 2015
If Consumer Protection is unable to help you resolve your complaint, the State Administrative Tribunal may be able to assist you. Consumer Protection operates a free conciliation service to help...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
17 Feb 2016

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A former York real estate salesman has been banned for 15 years from applying for registration after being found guilty of serious misconduct over the sale of five properties which netted a profit of $5.4 million. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) found Paul Anthony King committed 13 breaches of the Code of Conduct while working as a sales representative for his father’s real estate agency...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Mar 2017
The value of the support that community legal centres provide the WA community has been recognised in the 2017 Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards. Karen Merrin, who has managed the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre in Mirrabooka for the past 20 years, has been honoured with the Rona Okely Award for an individual who has given their time, energy and experience for the betterment...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Mar 2017
Nedlands man Rohan Keane O’Neill, trading as O’Neill’s Maintenance, has again been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner, this time relating to an incomplete kitchen and bathroom renovation in Como.
Building Commission
Media release
14 Mar 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 14 March 2017, most Puma, Coles Express, Caltex and BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (an increase of 20 cpl, 17 cpl, 16 cpl and 13 cpl respectively). Most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Mar 2017
Consumers have been affected following the closure of a Perth car restoration and panel beating business and Consumer Protection wants any affected consumers to come forward. Impressive Restorations Pty Ltd , operated by Phillip Kevin Lowe , has closed the doors of its Maddington premises but the company has not yet appointed an administrator or liquidator. A number of consumers have lodged...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Mar 2017
A Claremont-based real estate agency has been reprimanded, fined $5,000 and must pay $1,000 to cover the costs of disciplinary action by Consumer Protection due to apartment-buyers being kept in the dark about balcony shutters. During mediation at the State Administrative Tribunal, M Property Pty Ltd agreed there had been two breaches of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and Code of Conduct...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 7 March 2017, most Caltex Woolworths, Caltex, Coles Express and BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (an increase of 21 cpl, 18 cpl, 16 cpl and 14 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2017
Catastrophic failure to manage a trust account and trading without a licence for three months has resulted in a WA real estate agent being fined $8,000 plus $832 in costs. Amanda Jones, formerly trading as Ray White Manjimup Districts, has pleaded guilty to nine charges, under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. There were: seven charges of failing to correctly balance her trust account each...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Mar 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 137.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 28 February 2017, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 141.9 cpl (an increase of 17 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths, Puma and BP sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Feb 2017
A director and former director of a liquidated solar company have each been fined $1,500 and ordered to pay court costs of $622.25 in relation to potential customers being misled and a deposit taken during the 10 business day ’cooling off period’ a customer is entitled to under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Jarrad Graeme Hand, director of Polaris Solar Pty Ltd (voluntarily wound up) and a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Feb 2017

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