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Consumer Protection advice line Consumer Protection's Advice Line provides “on-the-spot” information, advice and assistance about scams and general issues in the marketplace, particularly consumer and trader rights and responsibilities. Phone: 1300 304 054 email WA ScamNet The National Disability...
People with disability
Thousands of people with all types of disability regularly travel by air. However, you may not know what to expect, particularly if it is your first time flying or you are travelling on a different airline. Service and travel procedures may vary between airlines and airports. Planning your travel...
People with disability
The National Relay Service helps deaf, hearing and/or speech-impaired people to make and receive phone calls. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety uses NRS to ensure our contact numbers are accessible to people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. To access a...
Accessibility
Important electrical safety message from the Director of Energy Safety To the Home Owners Dear Sir / Madam No RCD means no second chance Residual current devices (RCDs) are the single most effective measure to prevent electrocutions, serious electrical injuries and fires. The circuit breakers and...
Residual Current Devices (RCD)
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

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About this guide This guide will help you find assistance when you are in dispute with a business. Your rights when you buy, hire or lease goods, or pay for services, are set out by the Australian...
Consumer Protection
Information
11 Oct 2017
Simpler regulation for your business From 1 January 2011, every Australian business will have the same rights and responsibilities under the Australian Consumer Law. By knowing your rights and...
Consumer Protection
Information
11 Oct 2017
A general inspection report into the construction of sheet metal clad timber framed roofing in Perth metropolitan and South West regions.
Building Commission
Reports
10 Oct 2017
While apartment living has many advantages, the fire at the Grenfell Tower in London and other fire events in Australia and around the world have highlighted the importance of fire safety in high-...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
03 Oct 2017
To keep your baby safe, please follow our tips.
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
22 Sep 2017
A general inspection into the use of Yuanda products in Western Australian buildings.
Building Commission
Reports
31 Aug 2017
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

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The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 156.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 18 September 2018, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 161.9 cpl (an increase of 16 cpl). Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 160.9 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Sep 2018
Consumer Protection wants the WA community to be aware that there are legal restrictions applying to the owner of a Narrogin massage business as a result of a Supreme Court order which was made permanent on 21 January 2011. The order, originally issued on 25 November 2010, requires the Commissioner for Consumer Protection to pre-approve any recruitment advertisements before they are posted by Bon...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Sep 2018
Children will be spoilt for choice when more than 260 showbags go on sale at this year's Perth Royal Show, following a product safety tick of approval from Consumer Protection. Each year, the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia (RASWA) invites Consumer Protection inspectors to conduct the pre-show checks, ensuring the showbags' toys and novelties meet Australian product safety...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2018
A WA solar business has been fined a total of $16,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay compensation to consumers amounting to $29,355 after accepting money but failing to supply the goods. Christopher John Darker of Shenton Park, trading as Solar Technology (registered in Yallingup), was also ordered to pay costs of $608.65 when convicted on 7 September 2018 of wrongly accepting...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Sep 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 152.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 11 September 2018, most Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (an increase of 20 cpl). Most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 157.9 cpl, most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Sep 2018
Are you an individual or organisation that helps consumers or promotes their rights through education and advocacy? If so, you are the type of person who is eligible to nominate for the Consumer Protection Awards 2019 with the chance of receiving a framed certificate and a cash prize. With nominations now open, likely candidates or their nominators are urged to put in their submissions before the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Sep 2018
With warmer weather on the way, West Australians are reminded that pools with water deeper than 30cm must have complying safety barriers to prevent child drownings. This is one of the key messages that the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety will share at this weekend’s Pool, Spa and Outdoor Living Expo . The department’s Building & Energy and Consumer Protection teams are...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Sep 2018
A Morley real estate agency has been fined a total of $5,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for lodging three tenancy bonds outside the required timeframe. Vision Equity Pty Ltd ACN 101 207 229 , trading as Xceed Real Estate Management , was also ordered to pay costs of $912 after pleading guilty on 31 August 2018. In May, June and July 2017, the agency lodged the three bond payments with the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Sep 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 10 cents per litre (cpl) to 148.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 4 September 2018, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 152.9 cpl (an increase of 15 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl, and most 7-...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Sep 2018
Perth home owners are being warned about bogus door to door water testers who give the impression that they are from the Government, but are really sellers of water filtration systems. Several reports have been received about the door knockers, some in high-vis vests, who tell householders they are testing water quality in the area and are persistent in requesting access. The tap water in one...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Aug 2018

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