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The public comment period on the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia closed on 26 November 2019. All submissions received by the department will be provided to the Minister in order to facilitate his decision in relation to adopting the model WHS regulations in Western...
Work health and safety legislation reform
Status: CRIS Paper 2 is now open, submissions close Friday, 13 March 2020 Current consultation phase – Operator management responsibilities We need your views and opinions to reform the laws about retirement villages. Consultation on retirement village law reform commenced with the release of a...
Consultations
LP Gas cylinder safety in bush fire prone areas Guidelines on the storage of LP Gas cylinders on properties in bush fire prone areas. LP Gas cylinder safety in bush fire prone areas brochure The guidelines aim to help residents reduce the risks associated with LP Gas cylinders should a fire...
Gas installations
Consumer Protection regularly produces and updates publications about real estate laws and licensing. The below links will provide you with real estate specific information. Publications Seniors Guide- So you're thinking about moving into a retirement village Guidelines for retirement village...
Managing a retirement village
Lanie Chopping is the current Commissioner for Consumer Protection in Western Australia and Acting Executive Director, Consumer Protection (Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety). Prior to being appointed to act in this role from January 2020, Lanie was the head of the Priorities...
About us
A retirement village is a community of seniors living in individual premises sharing common facilities and amenities managed by a retirement village operator. There can be confusion about the differences between village complexes classified as retirement villages and those classified as residential...
Specialised accommodation
From the outset it’s worth emphasising that life in a retirement village will involve living in a community with an older age group. Although retirement villages are marketed to over 55s, the current average age of entry in Western Australia is 78 years, and the current average age of residents is...
Living in a retirement village
The style of buildings that make up retirement villages range from units, apartments and villas to townhouses and freestanding homes. Accommodation can include independent living units, serviced apartments and hostel accommodation. The accommodation in a retirement village is designed for seniors...
What is a retirement village?
The Consumer Protection Division sought the views of the community as part of a review of laws that regulate retirement villages in Western Australia. Status: Closed Monday, 28 July 2014. All those interested in this area were urged to read the consultation paper and put in a submission by the...
Consultations
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

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23 December 2019 Consultation 2 - Operator Responsibility - Now open Please tell us your thoughts, experiences and opinions on possible changes to retirement village laws. Consultation on reform to...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Dec 2019
Law reform for retirement villages is underway Your feedback is being sought on proposed reforms to the retirement village laws in Western Australia. Over the last decade, residents and industry...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Aug 2019
Significant changes to the Retirement Villages 1992 Act (RV Act) were put in place prior to 2016 as a result of the stage one review. Many of these changes focused on providing the consumer with more...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Aug 2019
21 May 2019 Compliant ad campaigns curb confusion Consumer Protection has received a number of complaints about retirement living advertising. Last month we conducted a review of online advertising...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
24 May 2019
6 November 2018 Transparency reduces future complaints: part 2 Last issue, we looked at how you could minimise disputes through disclosure of information to prospective residents via the pre-contract...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Nov 2018
1 October 2018 Transparency reduces future complaints: part 1 In this issue, we look at how you can improve disclosure of information to prospective residents via a pre-contract disclosure statement...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Oct 2018
31 July 2018 How to handle refurbishments At Consumer Protection, we receive multiple calls and complaints about retirement village residence refurbishment costs, often relating to the timeframes...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Oct 2018
June 2018 Welcome to our new retirement villages bulletin Welcome to the inaugural Consumer Protection WA retirement villages bulletin; we’re glad to have you on board. This new bulletin aims to make...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Oct 2018
Retirement villages bulletins provide topical information and reminders for retirement village industry. Have you subscribed to the bulletins? Keep up to date with the latest reminders, news and law...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Dec 2019
Minimum levels of security - residential tenancy laws
Consumer Protection
Guidance note
18 Apr 2018

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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Imagine waiting four years for money owed to you after leaving a retirement village. In extreme cases it’s the shocking reality for former retirement village residents who are left in serious financial hardship and distress and unable to pay for alternative accommodation. We know seniors in this position may have urgent needs to move into...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Dec 2019
The second phase of consultation on proposed changes to retirement village laws in WA will look at the time it takes for former residents to receive their exit entitlements. Currently, in some extreme cases, former residents of retirement villages have reported waiting up to four years before they receive funds owing to them, often causing serious financial hardship and distress. These funds are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Dec 2019
Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020. Normal services will return on Thursday 2 January 2020. For urgent enquiries please visit our contact page.
Corporate
Department News
04 Dec 2019
Consumer Protection is offering some reassurances for residents of two WA retirement villages affected by the Settlers group of companies being placed into receivership. Administrators and receivers have been appointed to the company which operates a total of 463 units at Settlers Lakeside village in Ravenswood near Mandurah and Settlers Ridgewood Rise near Butler, as well as two villages in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Aug 2019
The review of laws regulating the retirement village sector in WA moves to a new chapter with Consumer Protection embarking on an extensive consultation process with the industry and community before recommending any further changes. The first paper of the second-stage review of the Retirement Villages Act (RV Act), which is now open for consultation, will focus on improving the definition of a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Aug 2019
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is conducting a stakeholder satisfaction survey to invite feedback on our services and our role as a regulator. The results will help DMIRS focus on business areas and services that need performance improvements. If you subscribe to a DMIRS email newsletter or subscriber news service, you may be contacted by email and invited to take...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Apr 2019
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
The owner of a Mandurah retirement village has been fined $5,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for failing to provide specific information to prospective residents prior to them signing contracts. Stephen Graeme May of Mosman Park owns the Willow Creek Mews retirement village in Greenfields, near Mandurah. He pleaded guilty on 31 January 2018 and was fined over breaches of the Retirement...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Feb 2018
Consumer Protection will conduct specific investigations into retirement village complaints, particularly relating to contracts being offered by operators in WA, to ensure that the rights of retirees are being protected. The special investigation unit of senior investigators and lawyers will expand the Department’s ongoing proactive compliance program which has resulted in recent improvements in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jul 2017
Extra protections for Seniors who are considering living in a retirement village have now come into effect, with operators required to provide clearer disclosure of information before any contracts are signed. The changes to regulations covering retirement villages, which started on 1 April 2016, build on requirements implemented in 2015 that require operators to provide more extensive...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2016

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