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CPD modules from the past three years are available online to help you meet your requirements under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978. There is a new topic each year. These topics are selected to assist licensees and registrants to update their knowledge of industry developments,...
Real estate agents and sales representatives
Safety agencies regularly produce material to help prevent serious injury or death in and around the home. Portable swimming pools Recent focus of product safety was on the portable pools. Portable pools can pose a safety risk, especially for children under the age of five. Even in a small portable...
Non-English speaking consumers
Land valuers set their own fees however a written disclosure of all fees for service must be disclosed to the client prior to entering into any agreement. Land valuers must not receive a fee above the disclosed amount unless there is a significant change in the scope of the work. As with any other...
Land valuers
Safety in and around a rental property is the responsibility of both the landlord and tenant. Landlord’s responsibility Landlords must ensure the rental premises are safe to live in. Under common law, a landlord has a duty of care to tenants as well as anyone the tenant invites into the property...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Consumer Protection regularly produces and updates publications about property industry laws and licensing. The below links will provide you with land valuer specific information. Newsletters Land valuers newsletters Bulletins Land valuers bulletins Forms Application for a land valuer's licence...
Land valuers
A buyer’s agent provides a service directly to consumers looking to buy real estate. Buyer’s agents offer a number of different services, ranging from researching a single property to undertaking a complete search of available property, even evaluating and then negotiating the purchase of property...
Buying a property
As an alternative to post or email, licence, registration or certificate (authorisation) holders (including companies and partnerships, where applicable) can use the Department’s online change of contact system. To use the system you will need to have: Your current authorisation number You can find...
Occupations requiring licensing
If you are thinking of renting out a granny flat it is important to understand which tenancy laws may apply as this will determine both your rights and your responsibilities. In Western Australia, a person renting a granny flat could be a tenant under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 or a lodger...
Types of rental accommodation
Section 76 of the Retirement Villages Act 1992 (the Act) prohibits certain persons from being the administering body or being concerned, directly or indirectly, in the administration of a retirement village unless the person holds an exemption certificate granted by the Commissioner. The purpose of...
Managing a retirement village
It is very important to read the building contract thoroughly and get legal advice from your lawyer if you are unsure. The building contract is a complex document and is generally made up of: the building contract, including a Schedule of Particulars, Addenda or Appendix; drawings; and...
Building or renovating a property

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20 November 2019 Recently a scammer posed as a settlement agent and managed to convince two clients of a settlement agent to transfer $48,000 and $22,000 respectively to the scammer’s bank account on...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
20 Nov 2019
20 November 2019 Recently a scammer posed as a settlement agent and managed to convince two clients of a settlement agent to transfer $48,000 and $22,000 respectively to the scammer’s bank account on...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
20 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
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

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Announcements

New tenancy laws to assist Western Australian renters affected by family and domestic violence are now in force. The new laws allow a tenant to end their tenancy with as little as seven days' notice if they or their dependants are impacted by family and domestic violence, even if the perpetrator is not named on the lease. There is no need to go to court and a new Consumer Protection form can be...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Apr 2019
Rosie Batty has given her support to planned changes to WA tenancy laws to assist renters affected by family and domestic violence (FDV). The former Australian of the Year (2015), who has been a domestic violence campaigner since her son Luke was tragically murdered by his father, gave the endorsement during a visit to Kalgoorlie, where she met with Consumer Protection’s Senior Regional Officer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Mar 2019
A national safety alert has been issued for four open-flued gas heaters that, under certain circumstances, may produce too much carbon monoxide – potentially causing serious health risks to users. Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) is urging owners of these gas heaters to stop using them immediately. The safety alert applies to: Regency i31 (purchased after 1 January 2010) supplied by...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Mar 2019
A prominent Aboriginal artist has produced a painting to signify positive changes to WA tenancy laws, which will allow renters who’re experiencing family violence to end a lease quickly to leave for safety or have an alleged perpetrator removed from a tenancy agreement. Under the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018, which was passed in Parliament last night (19...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2019
The McGowan Government's new tenancy laws to better protect tenants experiencing family and domestic violence have passed through State Parliament. The passage of the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill will provide more options and greater support for those experiencing family and domestic violence. The amendments are aimed at giving the victim better choices,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2019
WA’s Commissioner for Consumer Protection says the prosecution of man, who forged a signature on an application to renew a real estate agent sales representative’s registration, should act as a warning about the importance of honesty in the industry. At Perth Magistrates Court on 8 February 2019, the Accused – who is not named because a spent conviction was granted – was fined $4,000 and ordered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Feb 2019
Lodging bonds late has resulted in a Busselton real estate agency being convicted and receiving a total of $3,500 in a fine and Court costs. Geographe Real Estate Pty Ltd , trading as LJ Hooker Geographe Bay , was convicted, fined $2,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,500 by the Busselton Magistrates Court on 6 February 2019 after pleading guilty to two charges of failing to lodge bonds with the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Feb 2019
A Port Hedland real estate agency and its director have been fined a total of $4,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for misconduct relating to its property management services. The agency Real Estate Property Shop Network Pty Ltd was reprimanded and fined $3,000 for misconduct in relation to property management services, including making incorrect withdrawals from its trust account...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Feb 2019
Consumer Protection and the Department of Communities are joining forces to target landlords who fail to lodge tenancy bonds that were provided through a rental assistance program. Under the Bond Assistance Loan Scheme offered by the Department of Communities, eligible Western Australians can apply for an no interest and fee free loan to cover ingoing property costs (including all or part of the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2019
A property developer has been fined $25,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay compensation totalling $26,207 to three of his clients after pleading guilty on 25 January 2019 to accepting payment but failing to supply the goods and services. David John Leitch Emery , formerly of Busselton but now residing in Perth, was trading as DK & IE Projects and D1 One when the breaches of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2019

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