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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...
Guarantees and warranties
Acceptable quality Goods must be of an acceptable quality. The guarantee of acceptable quality Suppliers and manufacturers guarantee that goods are of acceptable quality when sold to a consumer. This means they guarantee the goods will be: safe, durable and free from defects; acceptable in...
Guarantees and warranties
Whether you have to provide a refund, repair, replacement or compensation to a consumer for problems with goods or services depends on whether you have met consumer guarantees set by Australian law. You are responsible for understanding your legal obligations. Australia’s consumer protection...
Guarantees and warranties
People generally are aware that electricity can be dangerous. However, many people still take risks that can lead to harm. This is why reminders on the need to use electricity safely are required. Switches, power points and light fittings Damaged switches, power points and light fittings are...
Electrical installations

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A Perth woman has suffered serious burns to her face and upper body after an accident involving an ethanol burner. The 28 year old woman from Safety Bay was visiting a friend’s home nearby on 28 October 2016 and they were sitting outside when an ethanol burner was lit. The burner exploded and engulfed the woman causing serious injuries. She spent 17 days in an induced coma and is still recovering...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Nov 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard The tradition of wearing costumes at Halloween has been around for centuries but it’s some of the more recent dressing-up trends that give Consumer Protection cause for concern. In the lead-up to October 31 st , we send product safety officers out to WA stores to inspect Halloween-themed items, which pose a risk to children, but we...
Consumer Protection
Department News
31 Oct 2016
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard As the warmer months approach, many of us have a list of home maintenance tasks to tick-off and that might include sprucing up hard-to-reach places during a ‘Spring-clean’, emptying gutters or pruning trees in the garden. It’s timely to talk about a growing and troubling product safety issue relating to the way ladders are used,...
Consumer Protection
Department News
05 Oct 2016
Concern over the physical and psychological effects ladder falls have on seniors in our community has prompted a national safety education campaign to highlight the dangers. The campaign encourages older men to consider the consequences before engaging in risky ladder use, which may include serious debilitating injuries or even death. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Sep 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It’s now easier for you to check whether your consumer goods are safe thanks to the new Product Safety Australia website www.productsafety.gov.au , which I would urge you to add to your favourites and make use of. There were 670 recalls across the country in the last financial year compared to 596 in the previous financial year. The...
Consumer Protection
Department News
18 Aug 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Many products we buy can be a danger to children. Often Consumer Protection voices concerns about small items such as parts that can choke, button batteries that can cause internal burns or potentially poisonous laundry detergent pods. But large items, such as furniture, also pose a big risk. Every year in Australia at least one...
Consumer Protection
Department News
05 Aug 2016
An interim ban on electrically unsafe self-balancing scooters, also known as hoverboards, has now been introduced as a mandatory standard for the next two years. Self-balancing scooters are also known as gliders, smart boards, sky walkers or mod boards. Most two-wheel scooters are manufactured in China and range in retail in price in Australia from $150 to $1,000. The original ban came into place...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Jul 2016
Western Australian Building Commissioner Peter Gow today announced that the Building Commission will carry out an independent audit of the use of Yuanda products in the WA construction industry, beginning with the Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Media release
15 Jul 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Tragically, between one and two children die in Australian homes every year as a result of blind or curtain cords that don’t comply with safety standards causing choking or strangulation. There are similar deaths occurring regularly across the world. That’s why Consumer Protection WA recently joined fellow Australian and...
Consumer Protection
Department News
04 Jul 2016
Stationery and toy retailer Smiggle has removed a button battery-powered yo-yo from stores in WA, and across Australia, to protect children from injury or death. A product safety recall of the YoYo Loco is due to concerns about how easily the battery compartment can be opened, allowing access to button batteries, which can kill or seriously hurt young children if swallowed. Smiggle advises that...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jun 2016

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