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When you book travel, tours, tickets and a ccommodation in Western Australia, you have consumer rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The following links provide important tips and information for visitors to Western Australia about: shopping; renting a hire car; buying a car; booking...
Travel
Pressure cookers have been around for a long time. Many of us are familiar with stories of ‘exploding’ cookers where boiling sauce has shot all over the walls and ceiling – or even worse - over an unsuspecting cook in the kitchen. Today’s pressure cookers have multiple safety features, including...
Product safety for consumers
National consultation on consumer issues impacting Indigenous people Status: Closed, 4 December 2018 The National Indigenous Consumer Strategy (NICS) reference group is seeking to better understand consumer protection issues affecting Indigenous people in Australia. The survey covers key priority...
Consultations and reports
LP Gas cylinder safety in bushfire prone areas Guidelines on the storage of LP Gas cylinders on properties in bushfire prone areas. LP Gas cylinder safety in bushfire prone areas brochure The guidelines aim to help residents reduce the risks associated with LP Gas cylinders should a fire approach,...
Gas installations
Safe use of gas appliances in public venues This publication will assist event/venue organises and catering vendors to comply with the safety requirements. Guidelines for the safe use of gas appliances in public venues brochure Public venues include convention and exhibition centres, pavilions,...
Gas appliances
Each year the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is required by legislation to report annually to the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations on its activities and performance. Other reports are often released in the public interest. Legal actions 2017-...
Departmental reporting
The risk Most pools and spas are fitted with water circulating pumps and cleaning equipment powered by electric motors. Faults can occur in these motors or in the motor’s electrical wiring. This can expose bathers to the risk of electric shock. Signs of electric shock include a tingling sensation,...
Electrical installations
August 2018 Changes have been applied by the Federal Government from 1 July 2018, regarding the liability for the goods and services tax (GST). Purchasers of new residential premises and new residential subdivisions, where the transaction is a taxable supply, are now required to withhold the GST...
Buying a property
Information for real estate consumers Consumer Protection have developed a number of publications to assist consumers with real estate transactions. Home buyers Home Buyers Survival Guide Sale by offer and acceptance Buying vacant land Buying land or property off-the-plan Timber pest inspections...
Buying a property
What can you do with goods abandoned by your tenant when they leave The first thing to do is to try and contact your tenant to find out when, or if, they are going to collect any abandoned goods. This information is intended to assist if you cannot contact them or they provide no instruction for...
When a tenancy ends

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Made under section 67(2A) of the Building Act 2011 (the Act), the Ministerial Order applies to all building permit applications for a Class 1 or Class 10 building or incidental structure.
Building Commission
Bulletin
21 Nov 2018
This is a series of four posters designed to help Indigenous communities identify and avoid scams.
Scam poster for Indigenous communitites
Scam poster for Indigenous communitites, by tvanderloo
Scam poster for Indigenous communitites
Consumer Protection
Poster
13 Nov 2018
Will your child and your neighbours’ children be safe while your pool is under construction? Some types of pools need to be filled with water by the pool builder as part of the construction process...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
07 Nov 2018
A concise version of the annual report that provides the reader with a snapshot of the annual report clearly articulating the value created by the department over the financial year.
Corporate
Reports
25 Oct 2018
The Building Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2018 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 5 October 2018. The Amendment Regulations create new regulation 31HA in the...
Building Commission
Bulletin
05 Oct 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) contacted all government departments and agencies (agencies) regarding the risk presented by combustible cladding and requested that...
Building Commission
Reports
30 Sep 2018
The Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations 2018 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Friday 21 September 2018. The Amendment Regulations can be...
Building Commission
Bulletin
25 Sep 2018
Progress report This report is in response to recommendation 7 of the Ombudsman Western Australia (Ombudsman) report titled Investigation into ways to prevent or reduce deaths of children by drowning...
Building Commission
Reports
18 Sep 2018
Don’t compromise on electrical safety. Always use a licensed electrical contractor when installing your swimming pool or spa to avoid the risk of electric shock.
EnergySafety
Fact sheet
28 Aug 2018
June 2018 This public consultation paper invites feedback and/or suggestions from any consumer, fitness services provider, industry association, or other interested stakeholder on: current and...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
28 Jun 2018

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Announcements

Consumer Protection is urging tenants and landlords in WA to check for unclaimed bond money amounting to a total of almost $1.5 million. The bond money relates to 4,887 tenancies that came to an end between January 2007 and December 2010. The bonds were not paid out for a variety of reasons: Disposal forms submitted were missing signatures; Monies left in dispute of whom it is to be paid to;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Dec 2018
A product recall has been issued for the Companion portable single and double burner butane gas stoves sold at stores nationally between 11 January and October 2018, AGA certification no. 8704. In some stoves, the gas valve may leak during operation. There is a possibility of a fire or explosion occurring. If you have any of these stoves, cease using the product immediately and return the product...
EnergySafety
Alert
12 Dec 2018
A former builder has been fined $2,500 by the Building Services Board (BSB) for not following approved plans and understating the contract value of a project in Dianella. Ian Robert Jack – formerly of Quinns Rocks and now living interstate – was a registered building practitioner and building contractor (BP101026 / BC100827, since expired) in 2016 when he signed a $243,000 contract to construct a...
Building Commission
Media release
12 Dec 2018
The following statement was issued by Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, on Tuesday 11 December 2018: John Fiocco's review of security of payment reform for WA subcontractors released Government will carefully consider all 44 recommendations The McGowan Government today released John Fiocco's final report on Security of Payment Reform in the WA Building and...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
11 Dec 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 11 December 2018, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 144.9 cpl (increasing by 27 cpl). Most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 143.9 cpl, most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Dec 2018
As the weather warms up our thoughts often turn to planning for holidays and fun festive celebrations, but it’s important to remember that common items used at this time of year can be hazardous. Water awareness is an obvious issue that springs to mind in summer but consumers also need to be aware of product safety when buying gifts. Consumer protection regulators throughout the country have...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Dec 2018
The Building Services Board has imposed fines totalling $12,000 in relation to a Mandurah short-stay accommodation development where substantial construction took place without a building permit. The builder, Kerry George Parsons (BP/BC4277) of Jandakot, submitted a building permit application to the City of Mandurah in March 2016 for the five-unit waterfront development valued at $400,000. The...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Dec 2018
A tree lopper has been fined $6,000 and ordered to pay costs of $887 by the Perth Magistrates Court for breaching his customers’ consumer rights to a cooling off period. Mitchell Craig Grisbrook of Connolly, trading as Elite Trees , today pleaded guilty to four charges of failing to comply with laws related to unsolicited consumer agreements involving two home owners. In January 2017 a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Dec 2018
A spike in reports of Western Australians losing money to the tax debt scam has prompted Consumer Protection to issue an alert in an effort to reduce the mounting losses. So far this year, 21 victims have reported to WA ScamNet losing a total of $78,250 with 11 victims losing $38,800 just last month. The highest single loss was $10,200. Most were ordered to pay their supposed tax debt by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Dec 2018
Whether you have been renting a home for many years or are just about to jump into the rental market for the first time, it’s important to be aware of your rights and responsibilities. Residential tenancy matters make up a large part of the work we do at Consumer Protection. Our contact centre refers more than 100 calls from tenants each week to our Property Industries team for assistance. Part...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Nov 2018

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Any organisation wanting to conduct a street collection in the Perth metropolitan area, whether or not licensed, must have a separate street collection permit.
Consumer Protection
An organistion can apply for a charity licence through the Charitable Collections Advisory Committee.
Consumer Protection
Register a co-operative.
Consumer Protection
Tenant guides, disclosure statements, facts sheets and forms.
Consumer Protection
Lodge, dispose or, or vary your bond online.
Consumer Protection
Residential tenancies - Notices and forms used to rent a home including rent applications, property condition reports and termination notices.
Consumer Protection
Find a form or form template to use when making an application to a permit authority or local government authority.
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Report an unsafe product to the department.
Consumer Protection
Report a gas leak or incident to Energy Safety .
EnergySafety
Report an electrical accident to Energy Safety .
EnergySafety

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The Building Commission accepts online payment for the complaint fee by Visa or Mastercard. Please note that hard copy receipts are not issued for payments. For your records, please write down your receipt number once payment has been made.
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