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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 Western Australian 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...
Consumer Protection Awards
The terms and conditions of entering the Consumer Protection Awards
Consumer Protection Awards

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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Seeing the recent bushfires is horrifying for most of us and we just want to help somehow. But unfortunately scammers see it as an opportunity to impersonate charities, or create fake charities. This can happen online, via social media or website pop-ups, or in person, such as at your front door or on the street. It’s doubly cruel because...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Nov 2019
From this afternoon, we will be making minor changes to our website. The changes will include improvements to the navigation and content organisation, making it easier for you to access our services and key information. Please check your bookmark links, as they may need updating.
Corporate
Alert
20 Nov 2019
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 155.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 19 November 2019, most branded retailers are increasing their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 33 cpl to 167.9 cpl, BP to 164.9 cpl, Coles Express to 163.9 cpl and Caltex Woolworths...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Nov 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
Summer, school holidays and Christmas should be times of fun and relaxation and Consumer Protection wants to make sure that they are also safe times for everyone. In the 12 months from July 2018 to June 2019, there were 276 drowning deaths in Australia with 31 of them occurring in swimming pools*. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard is concerned that these figures are higher than...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Nov 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It’s been more than 10 years since Western Australia’s tenancy laws were reviewed and times have certainly changed. So, Consumer Protection is set to review the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and we are going to want to hear from you. The high cost of owning a home means more people in WA are renting. Meanwhile people with investment...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Nov 2019
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 153.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 12 November 2019, most branded retailers are increasing their ULP price. BP, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing between 29 and 32 cpl to 162.9 cpl, Caltex Woolworths...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Nov 2019
A real estate agent has been fined $500 and ordered to pay costs of $553.90 by the Mandurah Magistrates Court for failing to cooperate with requests from the auditor during the termination audit of his previous business. Gregory James O’Farrell , former Director of O’Farrell Property Group Pty Ltd of Mandurah, did not renew the company’s triennial certificate and the business ceased to operate in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Nov 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard I remember the first time we held the Consumer Protection Awards in 2004 and I’m proud that the annual event has become firmly fixed in the Western Australian calendar as an opportunity to acknowledge community contributions to consumer protection. Many individuals, organisations, businesses and media professionals are involved in helping...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Nov 2019
Home and business buyers as well as real estate and settlement agents in WA are urged to be on high alert after two payments totalling $70,000 meant for a Perth settlement agent were stolen by scammers. The scammers had cloned the settlement agent’s Yahoo email address, changing just one character, and sent a payment request for $48,000 to the buyer of a business. The email contained details of a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Nov 2019

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