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Park rules set out expectations for park operators, tenants and their visitors for the use, enjoyment, control and management of the park. The rules form part of the long-stay agreement and must be given to the long-stay tenant in advance of the agreement being entered into (along with other...
During a tenancy
You must follow proper procedures and timeframes when issuing a form or notice in a residential park. If the matter ends up before the SAT the person who prepared the notice or form may have to prove it was correctly completed and served (given to the other person). Need a form or notice? Copies of...
Residential parks (lifestyle villages and caravan parks)
As with most communal living arrangements, disputes can occur within residential parks. How a dispute is dealt with can have a major impact on the ongoing wellbeing of individual tenants and the wider park community. Parties to a dispute may be able to fix the issue themselves. Sometimes they need...
During a tenancy
Each year, the representatives should agree on a schedule of meetings for the coming year. It is important newly elected/appointed representatives are included in the setting of the schedule for the coming year. The committee can decide whether to hold meetings monthly, bimonthly or quarterly or...
During a tenancy
Where there is a park liaison committee (PLC), it is the responsibility of the park operator to ensure elections are held to select the tenant representatives. However it is an offence for a park operator to unduly interfere with how the tenant representatives are chosen and penalties apply to...
During a tenancy
If a vote will occur at a meeting, the park operator must give written notice of the meeting to each tenant at least 14 days before the meeting. The tenant may then cast a vote in person or by a proxy appointed by the tenant. Voting at the meeting occurs by a show of hands of those present and...
During a tenancy
Questions asked during Safe Work Month Webinar on 30 October 2020 have been compiled along with the department's responses. Commencement When did the Work Health and Safety Act receive assent? The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) was assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. However...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
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Roughing it no longer has to be part of camping. Portable fridges, barbecues, cookers, outdoor heaters and other portable gas appliances can make camping holidays much more enjoyable. Beware! Portable gas appliances are great outdoors, but lethal indoors. Never...
Gas appliances
Changes to residential parks law ( Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 (RP Act) and the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Regulations 2007 (Regulations)) commenced on 31 January 2022. The changes affect long-stay tenants in residential parks living in a relocatable home within a...
Site agreements
COVID-19 Residential Tenancies Mandatory Concilliation Service (RTMCS) The Residential Tenancies Mandatory Conciliation Service (RTMCS) was introduced by the WA Government to help landlords and renters reach agreement about COVID-19 renting disputes without going to court. The RTMCS ceased...
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The flowchart shows the required process to be followed for making or changing rule at a residential park to assist park operators meet this obligation.
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Image of park rule flowchart, by Consumer Protection
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
31 Mar 2022
This guide is designed to provide information and practical suggestions that may be helpful to you and others at a time when you are grieving and having to navigate legal and other processes...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
30 Mar 2022
Employers (or persons conducting a business or undertaking) have a duty under OSH or WHS legislation to eliminate, or if that is not reasonable practicable, minimise the risks of COVID-19 at the...
WorkSafe
Information
18 Feb 2022
This form can be used to nominate a long-stay tenant representative on a park liaison committee. You can copy and paste this content to create your own form. In order to accept the nomination the...
Consumer Protection
Template
03 Feb 2022
This form can be used to appoint a proxy to attend a meeting to vote on the establishment of a park liaison committee. You can copy and paste this content to create your own form. I/We, (insert name/...
Consumer Protection
Template
03 Feb 2022
This form is to be used for a residential parks long-stay tenancy. A park operator / managing real estate agent may issue this notice to ask the tenant or the tenant’s guest to stop engaging in...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
31 Jan 2022
This form is to be used for a residential parks long-stay tenancy. This document contains important information for the buyer of a relocatable home on site. The seller / seller’s agent must give the...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
31 Jan 2022
This form is to be used for a residential parks long-stay tenancy. This document shows what voluntary sharing arrangement (exit fee arrangement) options are available for at the long-stay site. The...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
31 Jan 2022
This form is to be used for a residential parks long-stay tenancy. This document contains important information about the long-stay agreement. The park operator must give this document to the tenant...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
31 Jan 2022
This form is to be used for a residential parks long-stay tenancy. A tenant may issue this notice to a park operator / managing real estate agent to request consent to affix furniture or a thing to a...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
31 Jan 2022

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The McGowan Government has released exposure drafts of regulations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 ahead of the commencement of major work health and safety (WHS) reforms in March 2022. Releasing the exposure drafts of the supporting regulations provides all participants in Western Australian workplaces the opportunity to prepare themselves to meet the requirements of the new Act and to...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Dec 2021
As a result of the Premier’s announcement placing WA into a hard lockdown until 6pm on Friday, 5 February, our counter and phone services are currently unavailable. You are encouraged to email any enquiries to consumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au . If your matter is urgent, please include a contact telephone number in your email and Consumer Protection will call you back within 24 hours. We will resume full...
Consumer Protection
Department News
01 Feb 2021
The ACCC has issued a media release urging consumers to check their caravans and recreational vehicles (RVs) for dangerous Surburban branded water heaters which may emit carbon monoxide. A recall was issued in November 2019 for Surburban recreational vehicle water heaters due to their safety hazards. If you have an affected water heater, do not use it in gas mode under any circumstances. For...
Building and Energy
Alert
10 Dec 2020
Greater protections for people living in park homes in Western Australia are one step closer after new laws were passed by State Parliament. Changes to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 will give tenants who rent a site or a home in a residential park better clarity with contracts and costs as well as set new rules relating to terminations. Long-stay tenancies can involve living...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jun 2020
While the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly, we remain focussed on delivering our services while adhering to advice from Government to protect the health and safety of our staff and the wider community. The department is planning for a range of scenarios and endeavouring to ensure continuity of service. A number of functions can be performed remotely or by using our online...
Corporate
Department News
23 Mar 2020
Under OSH legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the COVID-19 coronavirus. Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the Australian and WA...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020
On Thursday 20 February, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 passed through the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament. The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations said: “I am pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has now passed the Legislative Assembly. “The McGowan Government recognises the importance of these reforms and hopes...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Feb 2020
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
A national product recall has been issued for Suburban Recreational Vehicle water heaters fitted to Australian made caravans and motorhomes. The affected models are SW6DEA, SW4DEA, SW4DECA, SW6DECA, SW6DA, SW4DA and SW6PA and were available for sale by Coast RV PTY Ltd between 4 April 2018 and 25 September 2019. If the unit is powered by gas and is operated in an enclosed area, such as a caravan...
Building and Energy
Alert
21 Nov 2019
Building and Energy wishes to advise owners of caravans, motor homes or camper trailers that there is a potential safety risk while operating certain Suburban Recreational Vehicle Water Heater appliances on LP Gas. Under certain conditions, the water heaters can generate elevated levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO) which, in some instances, may spill into the caravan, motor home or camper trailer. For...
Building and Energy
Alert
11 Oct 2019

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