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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
Remarks from winners of the various categories of the Consumer Protection Awards
Consumer Protection Awards

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Consumers are being urged to say no when approached by illegal sellers of electronic equipment that are currently operating from a white van travelling around Perth suburbs. Three recent reports have been received by Consumer Protection from consumers who have been approached in public places such as service stations and shopping centres in East Victoria Park, Kewdale and near Roleystone. One...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Aug 2017
Consumers who are affected by the double payment glitch experienced by Woolworths’ supermarkets and their affiliated retailers are being urged to ensure they get a refund for the unauthorised withdrawals and to consider claiming for any consequential costs. The Woolworths’ group of companies, which also includes Big W and the BWS and Dan Murphy liquor outlets, have promised all affected customers...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Aug 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 16 cents per litre (cpl) to 125.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 8 August 2017, most Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express, Puma and BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 134.9 cpl (an increase of between 24 and 30 cpl). Most 7-Eleven sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Aug 2017
On 2 August 2017 building company Ravlich & Clent Constructions Pty Ltd (reg. BC13924) voluntarily appointed Shaun Boyle of DCS Advisory as the administrator of the company. Home owners who have entered into a home building work contract with Ravlich & Clent Constructions and have unfinished, faulty or unsatisfactory work should be covered by home indemnity insurance (HII). They are...
Building Commission
Department News
04 Aug 2017
Perth registered building contractor PTG Construction and Development Pty Ltd (reg. BC31514) and its director and nominated supervisor Pengtao Wen (BP100575) have been fined a total of $8,000 by the Building Services Board for misleading and negligent conduct.
Building Commission
Media release
03 Aug 2017
A fire which damaged a rental property in Orelia has sparked concern about the dangers posed by cannabis grow-houses when the power to the home is by-passed. The discovery of more grow-houses in Perth has prompted a renewed warning from Consumer Protection for Perth landlords to be extra vigilant when selecting tenants for their homes, with Western Power also concerned about power safety. About 1...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Aug 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard We're in a new financial year and Consumer Protection has considered previous complaint trends and emerging issues to help decide priorities for the 12 months ahead. It's not always possible to predict problems that will arise in the marketplace, however in a number of areas there are some obvious pointers we can act on. We call this...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Aug 2017
A licensed Maddington motor vehicle dealer and repairer has been fined $30,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 28 July 2017 for selling four vehicles that had their odometers wound-back. Mazin Alkiaat , operating as W.A. Auto and Parts , was also ordered to pay costs of $350.35. He pleaded guilty to four charges of making false or misleading representations about the history of the vehicles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Aug 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 22 cents per litre (cpl) to 130.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 1 August 2017, most 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 132.9 cpl (increasing between 25 cpl and 28 cpl). Most Coles Express...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jul 2017
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

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