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What's in a name? Retirement villages, lifestyle villages and strata title Some complexes use the term 'retirement', 'lifestyle', 'gardens', 'units' or 'apartments' but they can mean different things and don't actually tell you what sort of housing is provided and which laws apply. The table below...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 ('the Parks Act') sets out the broad principles (or minimum standards) for the conduct of park operators and tenants in the residential park tenancy market. The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Regulations 2007 ('Regulations') provide for the...
During a tenancy
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...
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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 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
If you think you have been scammed please seek assistance where you need it. In the first instance, p lease contact WA ScamNet to report the scam and for assistance. If the scam relates to a product or a service , you may have rights under the Australian Consumer Law which can help your case, even...
Scams
The Seniors Housing Advisory Centre (SHAC) is a free, independent information and advice service covering the full range of housing options for seniors in WA. The SHAC does not directly offer housing, or provide financial and legal advice, but can be an invaluable source of information for seniors...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
There can be many reasons why you might wish to leave a village – you may need to move to aged care, you may find that the village has become unaffordable, you may not like the new management, your family may move and you wish to move nearer to them or you may simply find that retirement village...
Leaving a retirement village
Consumer Protection has one metropolitan Perth office and six regional locations in Western Australia. Need to submit a payment? Cashier counter services are located at the Cannington office , you can lodge payments for: tenancy bonds; licence and registration applications; and associations,...
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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

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This page contains links to information which may be valuable for tenants of residential parks.
Consumer Protection
Information
14 Apr 2019
Housing needs change with time. If you are over 55 or thereabouts, you may be considering changes to your housing that better meet your finances, lifestyle or present and future needs. You can view...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
24 Jul 2018
Better Trading was a free electronic newsletter published by Consumer Protection. It contained current issues, important events and future trends in consumer protection and fair trading matters...
Consumer Protection
Newsletter
12 Mar 2015
Sample complaint letter relating to retirement village issues. Your name Your address Your phone number Your email address (if you have one) Date Name of contact person (or address the letter to the...
Consumer Protection
Template
28 Apr 2016
Advice for carers and care workers.
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
29 May 2014
Are you booking short-term Accommodation? Choose Accredited Holiday Accommodation Managers
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
29 May 2014
Many people don’t know where to turn to for tips and advice, especially when they need it most. So whether you need advice about buying property, booking travel, day-to-day shopping concerns or scams...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
27 May 2014
So you're thinking about moving into a retirement village If you’re thinking about moving into a retirement village, but are not sure what you should look for, this booklet will help. There are many...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
03 May 2019

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Many seniors prefer to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and recent reforms in aged care now give more choice to consumers choosing that option. Since February 2017, all government funded home care packages have been provided to individual consumers rather than allocated to approved providers. So this new model of consumer directed care allows older consumers more flexibility and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jul 2018
Consumer Protection is urging retailers of iTunes gift cards to do more to enforce limits on sales to scam victims, who are mostly elderly, and to erect warning signs at the point of sale. The call comes after a report of yet another huge loss by a Bunbury couple in their 70’s who last week reported purchasing $23,900 in iTunes cards after receiving a call from scammers claiming to be from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Feb 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
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard As some of us get older, some of our housing needs are likely to change to suit our lifestyle but there is what appears to be a confusing array of housing options now available for retirees. Working out what is the best choice for you can be tricky and it is important to weigh up the positives and negatives. The Seniors Housing Advisory...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jan 2018
iTunes gift cards are being increasingly demanded by scammers as the preferred payment method, with victims being tricked into making purchases worth thousands of dollars. The victims are usually caught up in telco or tax phone scams where they have to pay a certain amount to supposedly help catch someone who has hacked into their computer and accessed their bank account or pay a bogus tax debt...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jul 2017
The McGowan Government will regulate Western Australia's $140 million prepaid funeral sector to better protect seniors and their families from fund mismanagement. The Government is developing a mandatory code of practice to give consumers greater consistency, clarity and certainty when investing in prepaid funeral plans - bringing WA into line with other States. Currently the industry is governed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jun 2017
The McGowan Government today announced amendments to residential caravan park laws to provide extra protections for Western Australians. Changes will be made to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006, which regulates the relationship between park operators and long-stay tenants. This will balance the interests of operators and tenants, and ensure fairer dealings between the parties...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2017
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
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection WA is a proud supporter of Fraud Week, which this year starts on the 15 th of May and aims to help social media users learn how to spot a scam. Social media profiles often display a lot of personal information, such as your photos, where you have been lately, a record of life events, who you’re connected to and...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 May 2017
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard The economic downturn in WA is creating opportunities for heartless scammers to take money from people in desperate circumstances who are least able to afford it. Consumer Protection has received reports from a number of people recently who have fallen victim to personal loan scams and have given personal information which could lead to...
Consumer Protection
Department News
09 Jan 2017

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