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Consumer protection regularly produces and updates publications about real estate laws and licensing. The below links will provide you with real estate specific information. Bulletins Real estate bulletins issue 63 through to current Archive issues 1 - 62 (June 2011 - June 2014). Forms Application...
Real estate agents and sales representatives
Participants operating outside of the Western Australia, or in its remote and regional areas, will be given adequate opportunities to obtain their CPD points. A remote participant is any participant whose principal place of business falls outside a 100 km radius of Perth or Busselton. To assist...
Settlement agents and conveyancers
Retirement village resources and sources of information There are a number of sources of information about retirement villages in Western Australia, some of which are outlined below. Consumer Protection: Contact the Seniors' Housing Centre on 1300 367 057. Read the So you're thinking of moving into...
Living in a retirement village
Most properties in Western Australia are sold through an offer and acceptance process. A person makes a formal offer in writing to buy a property, and the seller, sometimes called the vendor, can either make a counter offer, reject the offer, or accept it and communicate that acceptance to the...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)
A real estate auction is the process of buying and selling property by offering it to bidders at a forum conducted by a licensed auctioneer. Application for an auctioneer’s licence is made to the Magistrates Court of Western Australia . The property will be sold by an auctioneer to the bidder who...
Selling a property
Another option for building is to buy a block of land and build on the land at a later date. You should be aware that choosing a block of land can affect the cost of building and the design of house that will be possible to build. Making a good choice of block will depend on a number of factors,...
Buying a property
Residential park residents (tenants) are covered by a set of specific laws. If you are simply staying at a residential park for a holiday you are not covered by the same laws, however you still have general consumer rights. You are not covered by residential park laws if you are: on holiday; a park...
Site agreements
Think carefully before s igning a contract for a n established property as t here is no requirement for a cooling-off period in WA. The bottom of the offer and acceptance contract has space for you and the seller to include terms (or special conditions) in the contract. If the seller has included...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)
Settlement date The settlement date is the deadline for all the promises made in the contract to be completed. If all the contract terms have been satisfied, Landgate (formerly the Department of Land Information) will, upon lodgement of the relevant documents and a fee, transfer the title in the...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)
Each year, participants must obtain six CPD points by completeing selected activities. Consumer Protection reviews the needs of the industry annually and prescribes the core and elective CPD subjects for the coming year. Only Consumer Protection approved activities can attract CPD points. Training...
Settlement agents and conveyancers

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16 July 2018 Considering buying a rent-roll? Buying a rent-roll can be an attractive way to grow your business. However, it can be a complex undertaking and a source of headaches down the road if not...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jul 2018
Who needs to complete a reference A business reference is required when applying for a real estate or business agent licence. Business reference References from relatives/domestic partner,...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
17 Jul 2018
Who needs to apply for a licence Any individuals , partnerships or companies wishing to operate as real estate or business agents in Western Australia are required, under the Real Estate and Business...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
17 Jul 2018
10 July 2018 Bond money must be lodged with the Bond Administrator no later than 14 days after you have received the money from the tenant. This includes any bond assistance loan money that may have...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
11 Jul 2018
29 June 2018 Updated trust account handbook Consumer Protection recently updated the trust account handbook for settlement agents , to assist you with your trust accounting responsibilities. You...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Jul 2018
A real estate agent had his licence and triennial certificate suspended and the agency received a substantial fine over the misuse of a trust account. Read more about the agent, the suspension and...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Jul 2018
20 June 2018 From Monday 2 July 2018 our cashier counter services will be located on Level 1 at 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington WA 6107. Payments will no longer be accepted at 140 William Street...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
22 Jun 2018
New regulations have come into effect which requires electricity to be switched off before people enter the roof space. To assist workers in notifying homeowners of the new regulations the WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Jul 2018
19 June Licence not current? No CPD points You must be the holder of a current certificate of registration or triennial certificate to attend the mandatory Compulsory Professional Development (CPD)...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
19 Jun 2018
19 June Licence not current? No CPD points You must be the holder of a current certificate of registration or triennial certificate to attend the mandatory Compulsory Professional Development (CPD)...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
19 Jun 2018

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A Morley real estate agency has been reprimanded and fined by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to comply with laws relating to the operation of trust accounts. Realocate Australia Pty Ltd , trading as Realty Executives , was fined $5,000 and licensee Keith Howes was fined $1,500 after admitting to the breaches. Both were ordered to pay a total of $1,000 in costs. Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Nov 2016
The best way to ensure quality painting and plumbing work, and to make sure only ‘fit and proper’ persons are entering your client’s homes and places of business, is to engage appropriately registered and licensed tradespersons. Painters’ registration requirements Individuals, partnerships and companies that contract with others to provide painting services valued over $1,000 must be registered...
Building Commission
Department News
01 Nov 2016
Western Australia's tenancy laws are under review to better protect and support victims of family violence in rental properties. Attorney General and Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said an options paper had been released which proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 to complement the Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2016, which was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Oct 2016
A former York real estate agent and his son have been found to have engaged in misleading conduct after a ‘deceitful’ land deal which resulted in a $6 million profit for family members. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has upheld allegations by Consumer Protection against former licensees The King and I Pty Ltd , formerly trading as Colin King Real Estate , and its director Colin Maxwell...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Oct 2016
Francesco Di Labio (reg. BP7903 – expired), as the nominated supervisor of Dianella building company Frayson Pty Ltd (BC8331 – cancelled), has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to pay a fine of $15,000 and costs of $1,000 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Oct 2016
WA tenants have lost money after being duped into paying for end of tenancy bond cleaning on their rental properties, but the cleaners didn’t turn up. Consumer Protection is warning tenants not to use the services of Express Professional Services Pty Ltd , trading as Simple Cleans , an online business operated by Cassandra Nicole Cooney , who is based in Alstonville (near Ballina) in northern New...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Oct 2016
New codes of conduct for real estate agents and sales representatives, settlement agents and land valuers come into effect today (5 October 2016), increasing transparency for people buying or selling property in Western Australia. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the new codes were developed following detailed consultation between the regulator - Consumer Protection - and industry,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Oct 2016
A Perth real estate agent is breathing a sigh of relief after a cyber-attack was thwarted in an attempt to steal $500,000 from a trust account. It’s believed the cyber thieves gained access to the agency’s bank accounts after malware was downloaded into their computer system, probably from an attachment being opened or a website link being clicked in a scam email. The installed malware allows the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Sep 2016
Consumer Protection is seeking community feedback about whether new laws should be introduced to regulate boarding and lodging in WA. Boarders and lodgers are currently not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act, although boarding premises accommodating six or more people need to be registered with local government and comply with planning, health and other regulations. Acting Commissioner for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Sep 2016
The 2016-17 financial year sees the Australian Building Codes Board embarking on a significant suite of work relating to the advancement of the Energy Efficiency Provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC). These changes will be considered as part of NCC 2019.
Building Commission
Department News
21 Sep 2016

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