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You may be living in a home you own or have a mortgage on, but wish to sell and buy or build another one. This might be because you want a smaller garden, to downsize your house or you want to change location. Downsizing can provide many benefits: You can buy a newer home which incorporates...
Your own home
If you sign a residence contract, and you change your mind within seven working days of the date of the contract, you can terminate the contract without penalty. This is called the ‘cooling off’ period. If the manager or person representing the retirement village does not give you the required pre-...
Contracts
Before moving into a retirement village, you will be presented with several documents . These can be lengthy and quite daunting. It is critical you read and understand the documents – especially the contract. If you decide to enter into the contract, it will generally be legally binding for both...
Contracts
As retirement villages vary greatly in the types of accommodation and in the services provided, it is important to carefully consider how much you can afford to pay. It is essential you read the residence contract to determine exactly what fees will be payable prior to entering the village, during...
Fees and charges
There are advantages and disadvantages to living in a retirement village just as there are with any form of housing. It is important you fully understand what you are agreeing to and what the legal and financial implications are for you and your partner on entering, living in and leaving a village...
Choosing a village
To help you decide whether to sign a residence contract with a particular retirement village, you must receive (at least 10 working days before a residence contract is signed): a pre-contractual statement, that provides accurate information about a range of matters including fees and charges...
Choosing a village
It is a good idea to visit a number of different villages before deciding whether retirement village living is the best option for your circumstances and settling on the village that's right for you When you make your visits to different villages: inspect the unit being offered, including security...
Choosing a village
A retirement village provides accommodation and sometimes other amenities and services to a person, and their partner, who is over 55 years of age and/or is retired from full-time employment. There can be confusion about the difference between village complexes classified as retirement villages,...
What is a retirement village?
The Consumer Protection Awards provides an opportunity to reward and recognise the achievements of individuals, non-government organisations, businesses, local governments, journalists and media outlets that have increased awareness of consumer issues, provided support for disadvantaged consumers...
Consumer Protection Awards
What prizes do the Consumer Protection Award winners receive?
Consumer Protection Awards

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Announcements

Consumer Protection has made two new appointments to its regional offices which enforce the Department’s commitment to service the needs of all consumers no matter where they live in WA. Tom Chapman has been appointed as senior regional officer in Broome while Annetta Bellingeri has taken up a new position as South West regional coordinator in the Bunbury office. Tom Chapman was a financial...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Oct 2017
A butane gas lighter which recently exploded and injured a Donnybrook woman has been recalled from sale. The supplier of the Trio jet lighter in Queensland has voluntarily agreed to withdraw the item from sale with a notice expected to be posted soon on the recalls website www.recalls.gov.au . Consumer Protection is now ensuring retailers that stocked the lighters have removed them from their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Oct 2017
Recent fire events in Australia and worldwide have highlighted the importance of fire safety in high-rise apartment buildings.
Building Commission
Media release
02 Oct 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 22 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 3 October 2017, most Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven, Caltex, Puma, BP and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (an increase of between 26 and 28 cpl)...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Oct 2017
A Warrenup man has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed while contracting for and constructing three sheds, in Robinson, Elleker and Warrenup, in 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
28 Sep 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 137.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 26 September 2017, most Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (an increase of between 27 and 28 cpl). Most 7-Eleven and Coles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Sep 2017
The McGowan Government has approved the City of Greater Geraldton's application for a 12-month trial of Perth metropolitan retail trading hours. General retailers will now be able to trade from 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday and public holidays - except Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day. After the trial, the City of Greater Geraldton is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Sep 2017
Consumer Protection has issued advice to consumers who may be travelling to Bali for the school holidays while there is a risk of flight disruptions due to volcanic activity on the island. Before departure, travellers are urged to check the terms and conditions of their tickets in the event of flight suspensions or cancellations and to take out travel insurance policies that will cover them for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Sep 2017
An urgent alert to the WA real estate and settlement industries, as well as to buyers and sellers of properties, has been issued by Consumer Protection after three recent cyber-attacks have resulted in almost $590,000 being stolen in property-related scams. In the worst case, an 83 year old property buyer in Perth’s western suburbs has lost $557,000 after the fraudsters intercepted email...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Sep 2017
With a higher than normal fire potential predicted for parts of the State this bushfire season, Energy Safety is urging Western Australians to ensure that gas and electrical installations on their property are safe and in good working order. Director of Energy Safety, Ken Bowron, is advising consumers to check their private power poles and power lines and any LP Gas cylinders before the bushfire...
EnergySafety
Media release
19 Sep 2017

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