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Status: CLOSED, Submissions closed at 5pm on 28 October 2019 Background In late 2018, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) commenced a Regional Services Review to improve service delivery to our regional customers. DMIRS staff and State and Local Government stakeholders...
Consultations
Coming Soon - Review of tenancy laws in Western Australia With the high cost of owning a home, more Western Australians than ever are renting. Did you know that it’s been over 10 years since our tenancy laws were reviewed? Maybe it’s time for a change. Have your say We are reviewing the Residential...
Consultations
The department is seeking your comments regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)). 1. Introduction This Consultation Package has been prepared to facilitate consultation with stakeholders in relation to the regulations...
Work health and safety legislation reform
There are two ways the property you're renting can be repossessed: by the mortgagee (i.e. a bank or other lender), which is the most common; or, by a person with superior title (e.g. Government authority). The mortgagee or person with superior title must apply to the Supreme Court to ask for...
When a tenancy ends
The Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 (DUG Act) is being reviewed to examine the processes for disposing of uncollected goods Status: CLOSED , closed 31 October 2019. Background The purpose of this review is to update the DUG Act’s provisions, which are outdated and do not take into account...
Consultations
The department is seeking your comments regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)) . The following videos have been produced to provide information regarding the consultation process: Work Health and Safety Regulations...
Information sessions and workshops
Reforms of retirement village laws are under way with the core focus on enabling consumers to better understand their rights and obligations when entering into retirement village contracts. Status: CRIS paper 2 coming soon; CRIS paper 1 closed 27 September 2019 Background The Statutory Review of...
Consultations
Construction Induction Training cards (CIT) are supplied to an RTO on the condition that the CIT cards are only issued to candidates who provide evidence that they are located in Western Australia at the time of the assessment for the CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry...
Construction Industry Training Card
Case studies shared by tenant advocates from a community legal centre are availble on the Safe Tenancy WA page. Factsheets and useful information Safe Tenancy WA poster Help and advice from the Department of Communities Find a tenant advocate in WA Directory of WA’s Community Legal Centres Keeping...
Safe tenancy
Quick close this page To close this window immediately, press Ctrl +W on a keyboard or use the close tab option on a mobile device. For information about how to browse incognito and/or erase your history, see www.esafety.gov.au Tenancy reforms for renters affected by family and domestic violence...
Safe tenancy

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30 October 2019 Time is running out - have you completed your 2019 CPD points? With just two months remaining for the 2019 calendar year, Consumer Protection reminds you to check your Compulsory...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Nov 2019
30 October 2019 Time is running out - have you completed your 2019 CPD points? With just two months remaining for the 2019 calendar year, Consumer Protection reminds you to check your Compulsory...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Nov 2019
31 October 2019 Uninhabitable tenancy complaints on the rise Consumer Protection has recently received a high number of complaints regarding unacceptable living conditions in rental properties, many...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
31 Oct 2019
14 October 2019 Reminder about Fair Work Ombudsman changes to Commission only employees - now in effect Western Australian workers who are employed by a constitutional corporation are impacted by a...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
17 Oct 2019
8 October 2019 Requirements for a Park Liaison Committee The Residential Parks (Long stay Tenants) Act 2006 (Parks Act) provides that park operators have a responsibility to take all reasonable steps...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Oct 2019
07 October 2019 BondsOnline has been improved Notice anything different in BondsOnline this week? A major update has been deployed with some important changes. Agent-to-agent bond transfers We’re...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Oct 2019
Commonly reported trust account audit qualifications for settlement agents and how to deal with them The following list of questions are commonly reported and should be used as a guide. 1. Monthly...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
27 Sep 2019
26 September 2019 Maintaining trust account security Consumer Protection recently learned of a trust account scam attempt made via payment from the trust account to a credit card. Fortunately the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
27 Sep 2019
26 September 2019 Maintaining trust account security Consumer Protection recently learned of a trust account scam attempt made via payment from the trust account to a credit card. Fortunately the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
27 Sep 2019
The Regional Services Review - Consultation Paper is now available for all stakeholders to have their say.
Corporate
Consultations / public comment
16 Sep 2019

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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It’s been more than 10 years since Western Australia’s tenancy laws were reviewed and times have certainly changed. So, Consumer Protection is set to review the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and we are going to want to hear from you. The high cost of owning a home means more people in WA are renting. Meanwhile people with investment...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Nov 2019
WA’s building regulator is urging owner-builders to ensure they fully understand their obligations after a Perth man was fined $2,400 for selling his house without the necessary home indemnity insurance. At Joondalup Magistrates Court on 1 November 2019, Jonathon Robert Reardon pleaded guilty to an offence under WA’s home building contract laws following a prosecution by Building and Energy. The...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Nov 2019
A real estate agent has been fined $500 and ordered to pay costs of $553.90 by the Mandurah Magistrates Court for failing to cooperate with requests from the auditor during the termination audit of his previous business. Gregory James O’Farrell , former Director of O’Farrell Property Group Pty Ltd of Mandurah, did not renew the company’s triennial certificate and the business ceased to operate in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Nov 2019
A real estate property manager and agency licensee have been ordered to pay a total of $9,700 by the State Administrative Tribunal after the property manager operated while her certificate of registration as a sales representative had expired. Property manager Wendy Maxine Caroline Vettler was fined $1,500 for breaching the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. Her employer Teevor Pty Ltd ,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Oct 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe We have received complaints from tenants recently about electrical hazards and gas leaks in rental properties. Issues include faulty electrical wiring, power sockets and appliances blowing, power shortages when raining, and water leaking onto electrical points. What to do if you suspect an electrical fault? At least two RCDs must be fitted...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Oct 2019
A real estate sales agent who was showing a prospective tenant a rental property in Beeliar recently was surprised to discover that someone had changed the locks and had already moved in without the authority of the owner. The tenant moved in after responding to a rental accommodation advertisement on Gumtree which ended up being fake. He paid $2,000 to the scammers via a money transfer service...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Oct 2019
A real estate sales representative has been disqualified by the State Administrative Tribunal from holding a certificate of registration for ten years after he misappropriated two payments totalling $21,000 into his personal bank account. Matthew Piero Liscia of Dianella was fined $2,000 for two breaches of the relevant real estate industry Codes of Conduct and was also ordered to pay legal costs...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Sep 2019
Removing the requirement to have a licence to be an auctioneer in WA is being proposed following a review of the Auction Sales Act. However, protections will be boosted with extra conduct standards and power for the Commissioner for Consumer Protection to take action to prevent unfit persons from working in the auction industry which covers the auctioning of all types of goods, including the sale...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Sep 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection is aware that contamination or damage to homes from illegal drug activity is a worry for tenants, owners and property industry professionals. But how do you identify past production, or smoking, of meth, heroin or cannabis at a property and whether there are potential health risks as a result? We’ve been working with WA’...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2019
A Maylands real estate agency and its supervisor have been reprimanded and fined a total of $15,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to lodge tenancy bonds with the Bond Administrator within the required time limit and for recording wrong dates when received. Caputo & Clay Pty Ltd , formerly trading as Harcourts Integrity and currently trading as Perth Realty Group , was fined...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Sep 2019

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Land valuers can apply for or renew their licences.
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Real estate and business agents and sales representatives can apply for or renew their licences and registrations.
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Lodge, dispose or, or vary your bond online. (For real estate agents and landlords registered for access).
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Real estate agents, settlement agents, real estate representatives and land valuers can notify the department about changes to contact or employee or employer information.
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Real estate agents, settlement agents, real estate representatives, motor vehicle salespersons, motor vehicle yard managers, motor vehicle dealers and repair businesses, land valuers, employment agents and debt collectors can notify the department about changes to contact information.
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Information regarding licence fees and links to the relevant forms for land valuers, real estate agents, sales representatives and property managers, settlement agents, and retirement villages.
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