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Identity fraud and scams are increasingly prevalent throughout the community, and the property industry is not immune to falling victim to such events. Bogus sellers Two highly publicised incidents in September 2010 and March/April 2011 resulted in properties being sold in Western Australia without...
Property scams, fraud, and identity checks
Owning and managing strata titled property in Western Australia Strata title is an increasingly popular form of ownership and currently accounts for over one-third of all forms of titles registered in Western Australia. Some strata owners self-manage their property while others employ the services...
Buying a property
RCDs Lessors must have two RCDs installed on the switchboard at their rental premises before it can be leased. Energy Safety has more detailed information about RCDs. Smoke Alarms In the case of a fire, toxic smoke, rather than heat and flames, is the most immediate threat to life. As many fires...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Consumer Protection media statements are available online. Ministerial media statements Media statements issued by the Hon John R. Quigley LLB JP MLA, Minister for Commerce, are available from the Government Media Office page . Media statements issued by the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for...
About us
Consumer Protection provides a variety of online resources: Online complaint form – to submit a complaint about a trader. Please attempt to follow our advice on resolving disputes via the consumer complaint checklist before formally making a complaint. WA ScamNet – profiles the most prevalent scams...
Online resources
Consumer Protection was seeking the views of the community and industry in regards to proposed reforms to the regulation of fees for settlement agents and land valuers. Status: Closed 31 July 2014 We urge all those interested in this area to read the consultation paper and put in a submission by...
Consultations
The Property Industry Advisory Committee (PIAC) provides advice to the Minister and Commissioner for Consumer Protection on the regulation of licensed property occupations in Western Australia. In addition, the Committee also advises the Minister and Commissioner on the provision of education,...
Committees and boards
Consumer Protection provides advice and information for Western Australian consumers, businesses, landlords and tenants. Read our publication Your guide to Consumer Protection for further information. The information on this website can help you with answer a question about: housing and...
About us
Consumer protection regularly produces and updates publications about property industry laws and licensing. the below links will provide you with settlement agent specific information. Publications Auditing settlement agents CPD for settlement agents Consumer real estate publications Code of...
Settlement agents and conveyancers
Fees and forms You will find the relevant fees and forms in each licensing area: Property industries Motor vehicle industries Employment agents Debt collectors Mutual recognition Payment of fees You can pay for your licence at our Department's Cannington office or any of our regional offices...
Occupations requiring licensing

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30 May 2019 Family and domestic violence tenancy laws Protecting tenant privacy during reference checks Last month the family and domestic violence (FDV) provisions in our residential tenancy...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
31 May 2019
Keeping safe in your rental property The family and domestic violence tenancy laws came into effect on 15 April 2019. This publication contains information translated from the Safe Tenancy WA page...
Consumer Protection
Information
29 May 2019
20 May 2019 Scammers can hack property transaction emails Your clients are ready to finalise the settlement of a house purchase. They receive an email from your agency advising of new deposit bank...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
20 May 2019
20 May 2019 Scammers can hack property transaction emails Your buyers are ready to make a deposit for the property they’re purchasing. They receive an email from your agency advising of new deposit...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
20 May 2019
April 29 2019 RCDs reminder – stay current with requirements Residual current devices (RCDs) save lives! New legislation came in November 2018 that requires all electrical installations in new...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 May 2019
24 April 2019 Dealing with foreign buyers? You should know this. Effective 1 January 2019, certain acquisitions of residential property by foreign buyers in Western Australia are subject to an...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
24 Apr 2019
April 24 2019 Dealing with foreign buyers? You should know this. Effective 1 January 2019, certain acquisitions of residential property by foreign buyers in Western Australia are subject to an...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
24 Apr 2019
April 15 2019 Family and domestic violence tenancy laws now in effect Tenancy reforms to assist Western Australian renters affected by family and domestic violence started on 15 April 2019. On Monday...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
24 Apr 2019
Safe Tenancy WA - family and domestic violence changes to renting laws Advice for landlords in Western Australia Rental laws in Western Australia (WA) have previously restricted tenants affected by...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
15 Apr 2019
To close this window immediately press Ctrl +W. For information about how to browse incognito and/or erase your history, see www.esafety.gov.au The PDF and below information provides a guide on...
Consumer Protection
Information
23 Jul 2019

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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard No place for family violence Did you know WA is second only to the NT when it comes to rates of family and domestic violence (FDV) and there were more than 50,000 reported incidents across the State in 2016-17? Sadly, family violence is a growing problem in our community and the abuse, whether physical or psychological, often occurs in...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 May 2018
FGS Contracting Pty Ltd and the Director Ryan Wayne Franceschi, were fined today in the Perth Magistrate Court in relation to serious injuries caused to a 17 year old worker in Esperance. FGS Contracting Pty Ltd was fined $225,000 for failure to meet their duty to provide a safe workplace and for failing to ensure the correct high-risk work license. Additionally, Franceschi as the Director was...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Axedale Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Shaw’s Cartage Contractors, was fined in relation to the deaths of two labourers. The deaths were caused by falling concrete tilt-up panels at a Perth construction site. Axedale, among three parties charged, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of workers, and that failure causing the death of Joseph McDermott and Gerard Bradley. The fine totalled $...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Western Australian building contractor Archiapps Pty Ltd (reg BC14480) has entered into liquidation. Cameron Shaw and Richard Albarran of Hall Chadwick have been appointed as the liquidators of the company. Building Commissioner Ken Bowron advises that the company’s status will now trigger policies of home indemnity insurance (HII). Affected home owners should contact their insurer for details of...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 May 2018
Please note - The original Building Services Board findings described here have been superseded by a State Administrative Tribunal review. Please refer to this announcement about the Tribunal's decision, which was published in November 2018. ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM APRIL 2018: An East Victoria Park building surveying company , Western Australia Building Certifiers and Assessors Pty Ltd (BSC226...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 May 2018
WA landlords are still being duped into renting their properties to crime gangs who turn their investment homes into cannabis grow-houses, causing extensive damage to the property. Consumer Protection and WA Police have renewed their warning to landlords to be extra vigilant with the incidents of cannabis grow-houses in rentals continuing to be a major concern for authorities. The joint warning...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 May 2018
A Perth city real estate agency and its licensee have been reprimanded and fined a total of $5,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over offences relating to their property management practices. South Coast Realty (WA) Pty Ltd , trading as Rental Solutions of Hay Street Perth, was fined $3,000 for eight offences under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and the Code of Conduct which...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Mar 2018
A real estate sales representative who purported to work for a Wanneroo real estate agency after her employment had been terminated has been disqualified from applying for registration for two and a half years by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Olivia Loretta Anne Murray was also ordered to pay costs of $4,000 after Consumer Protection took disciplinary action against her for breaching...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2018
A property manager has been reprimanded and fined $2,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal after falling victim to a holiday accommodation booking scam which resulted in a $45,000 loss for her employer, a Scarborough real estate agency. Vicki Theresa Redfern had failed to exercise due skill, care and diligence, in breach of the Real Estate and Business Agents’ Code of Conduct, when dealing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Dec 2017
Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of the dwelling.
Building and Energy
Department News
20 Dec 2017

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