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All advertising should tell the truth about a product or service and allow consumers to make well-informed decisions. Advertising rules apply to advertising in all media – print, radio, television, electronic and outdoor. Consumers should not have to 'read between the lines'. This means that...
Store policies and sale practices
Stores may charge a fee for browsing, or trying on, products available for sale provided you are: advised of the fee beforehand; told how it will be calculated; and given any other relevant information. If the fee applies even if you decide to buy the product, the store should ensure this is...
Store policies and sale practices
You have accepted the conditions of entry into a store if a notice asking you to display the contents of your shopping bag is: clearly displayed visible before you enter the store. If you say ‘no’ to a bag search, the store manager may: ask you to leave. A store is private property, not a public...
Store policies and sale practices
If you break an item while shopping, a store may ask you to pay for it. The store is effectively making a claim for damages against you because they have lost the opportunity to sell the item at the retail price. This type of situation is not covered by the Australian Consumer Law. If the store has...
Store policies and sale practices
A company may become insolvent if it is unable to pay its debts when they are due. In some circumstances, an insolvent company may continue to trade, for example, under the supervision of an administrator appointed by the company. In other circumstances, the company's financial situation may not...
Your consumer rights
A seller must not accept payment for items if they: do not intend to supply the item; intend to supply something different from what you ordered; or know, or should have known, they would not be able to supply the item in a timely way. A seller that accepts payment for items must supply them:...
Refunds and returns
If you cannot prove where the product was purchased, the store or manufacturer is not obliged to accept your claim, but may still choose to do so. Original Packaging If a product does not meet a consumer guarantee the seller cannot refuse to give a refund, or reduce the amount of the refund,...
Refunds and returns
No refund’ signs are unlawful. A supplier or manufacturer must not tell you that a consumer guarantee : does not exist; may be excluded; or may not have a particular effect. Generally, you have a right to a refund when there is a major problem with something you bought. Stores cannot take away this...
Refunds and returns
Generally, a store does not have to give a refund or replacement if a customer simply changes their mind about a product. Under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), the customer is only entitled to choose a refund or replacement for a major problem with a product covered by consumer guarantees. For...
Refunds and returns
The type of remedy you can request can depend on whether it is a minor or major problem. Minor problems A minor problem can be fixed within a reasonable time. You must give the store the chance to fix the problem. They choose whether to refund, repair or replace. Major problems If there is a major...
Refunds and returns

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This checklist has been developed to address the issue of noise in agriculture and provides information on how to best manage risks to minimise workplace injuries.
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
WorkSafe has produced this document to increase awareness of safety issues around horse racing stables and highlight the importance of appropriate systems of work and safety management systems.
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
This checklist has been developed to assist you in identifying risks associated with working at height .
WorkSafe
Checklist
18 Feb 2015
WorkSafe has produced this checklist to assist you in inspecting your workplace in regards to evacuation and first aid. Although the checklists do not cover all the requirements under workplace safety and health laws, they will give you a better idea of whether your workplace meets basic standards of safety. They will also assist in laying the foundation for a safety and health management system at your workplace.
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
WorkSafe has produced this checklist to assist you in inspecting training, risk assessment and safe work procedures associated with confined spaces. Although the checklists do not cover all the...
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
WorkSafe has produced this checklist to assist you in inspecting chemical or hazardous substances hazards at your workplace. This checklist covers both requirements for hazardous substances under the...
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
This checklist covers both requirements for hazardous substances under the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and general chemical safety.
WorkSafe
Checklist
20 May 2014
Help for small business employers on how to implement good human resource practices and workplace flexibility.
Labour Relations
Guide / handbook
20 May 2014

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Announcements

After fifteen years being based at the Forrest Centre on St Georges Terrace in Perth, Consumer Protection has moved to a new CBD location. The main location is Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth with front counter services available on Level 2. The move is in line with the state government's plan to consolidate existing office space for the public service. Consumer Protection’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Sep 2014
The St Georges Terrace office of Consumer Protection is moving offices over the September long weekend and in preparation it will close early this Friday . Bonds will close at 1.00pm; while all other services (including our Contact Centre) will close at 3.30pm. While there may be some minor services disruptions, we expect to be fully operational by 10.00am, Tuesday 30 September 2014. If you have...
Consumer Protection
Department News
22 Sep 2014
Nominations have now opened for the 2015 Consumer Protection Awards which publicly recognise those who promote consumer and tenants’ rights as well as product safety in the community. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll is urging West Australians to nominate individuals and organisations who they believe are making a valuable contribution in the area of consumer protection. “Last...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Sep 2014
Western Australian home and business owners are being urged to contact their builders or electrical contractors to determine the brand of electrical cabling installed in homes or business premises following a national safety recall of Infinity brand cables which don’t comply with Australian safety standards. Energy Safety advises licensed electrical contractors who know or suspect they have...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Corporate
Media release
27 Aug 2014
On 12 August 2014, the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC announced that a Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) bill would be introduced shortly into State Parliament. This will be in the form of a green bill, which will be released for a consultation period of three months. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014
The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has publicly released a list of 20 stores in WA which have been identified as selling dangerous unapproved USB plug-in chargers and adapters and warns their customers to carry out an urgent safety check. Product safety and regional officers from Consumer Protection, under the supervision of Energy Safety , have completed a two-week extensive search for...
Consumer Protection / EnergySafety
Media release
11 Jul 2014
WorkSafe will soon undertake an inspection program to look at safety issues in the catering sector. Beginning next week and continuing throughout the 2014/15 financial year in both metropolitan and regional areas, the program will look at catering companies of all sizes, from large-scale catering to small operations. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today that catering had been identified as a...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Jun 2014
The Commissioner for Consumer Protection is encouraging WA’s small business community to have a say in a Commonwealth consultation about protecting small businesses from unfair contract terms. Currently under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) individual consumers are protected from unfair contract terms in standard form (take it or leave it) contracts. A term would be unfair and can be voided by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jun 2014
The extended warranty practices of Australian retailers have been examined by consumer protection agencies, including Consumer Protection. Commissioner Anne Driscoll said the joint operation undertaken during 2013 involved 141 retailers nationally, including 15 in WA. The work built on a previous national project which saw consumer protection agencies closely look at practices of traders in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Dec 2013
Consumer Protection has issued an urgent warning about a bullying tree lopper who has been threatening WA consumers and has now been charged with harassment and unconscionable conduct. Sean Robert Weinthal of Wanneroo, who is an employee of West Australian Tree Services, Manageable Tree Services, WA Tree Professionals and also formerly known as Metropolitan Tree Services (deregistered), is facing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Nov 2013

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