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David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Rapid adjudication using the Construction Contracts Act Types of employment arrangements Building Management and Works (BMW) Making a complaint about a project managed by Department of Finance Measures BMW have taken to protect sub-contractors and...
Information for subcontractors
CPD modules from last year are available online to help you meet your compulsory professional development requirements. There is a new topic each year. The topics are selected to assist licensees and registrants to update their knowledge of industry developments, legislative changes and work...
Settlement agents and conveyancers
Consumer Protection is seeking industry views on the final draft of the new Settlement Agents Code of Conduct 2016. Status : CLOSED Friday 20 May 2016 Background The new code, will replace the existing Settlement Agents’ Code of Conduct 1982 ( the 1982 Code) and implements feedback previously...
Consultations and reports
The National Assessment Instruments (NAIs) for the High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) classes listed below; include a question in relation to the minimum safe distances to be maintained when conducting operations near electric lines. The question in each NAI has a reference to the use of spotters and...
How to become a high risk work registered assessor
The model rules are a standard set of rules that have been developed for use by associations who do not wish to develop their own rules. These rules meet all the requirements of the Act and provide a suitable governance framework for an incorporated association. If your association chooses to use...
New law for associations
CPD modules from the past three years are available online to help you meet your requirements under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978. There is a new topic each year. These topics are selected to assist licensees and registrants to update their knowledge of industry developments,...
Real estate agents and sales representatives
The Associations Incorporation Act 2015 commenced 1 July 2016. The Act provides a framework of regulation for not-for-profit organisations such as sport and recreation clubs, societies and community groups in Western Australia leaving the internal management of associations largely to the members...
New law for associations
For a complete list of our charities related forms, including application and declaration forms, please visit our Charities Forms page. For charities publications please visit our Charities Publications page
Apply for a charity licence
As an alternative to post or email, holders of licences, registrations or certificates (including companies or partnerships, where applicable) can use the Department’s new online change of contact details system. To change contact information held by the Commissioner for Consumer Protection via the...
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Commonly reported trust account audit qualifications and how to deal with them The following list of questions are commonly reported and should be used as a guide. 1. Monthly bank reconciliations not...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
16 Jun 2017
Recently WorkSafe has seen scaffolding where damaged components and unsafe practices were used in the erection of the scaffold. These included broken connection lugs and components secured with wire...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
A checklist for removing non-friable (bonded) asbestos, for both licenced asbestos removalists and for those removing small quantities (less than 10 m2) who do not require a licence.
WorkSafe
Checklist
31 Mar 2017
Refer to our Code of Conduct page to view the Real Estate and Business Agents Code of Conduct. Frequently asked questions in regards to the Real Estate and Business Agents and Sales Representatives...
Consumer Protection
Information
08 Feb 2017
FAQs have been developed to assist agents in their compliance with the amended Code. Guidance note - Client identification verification and real estate fraud prevention. The Settlement Agents' Code...
Consumer Protection
Code of conduct
05 Oct 2016
Refer to our Code of Conduct page to view the Settlement Agents Code of Conduct. A lot of the rules look different - what has changed? The rules have been redrafted in line with modern legislative...
Consumer Protection
Information
12 Oct 2016
On Wednesday 1 June 2016, the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner released the Discussion Paper - Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia (the discussion paper) for public...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Jul 2016
The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division has released a Discussion Paper on recommendations to amend the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (the WHS regulations) for the Western...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Jun 2016
22 February 2016 The majority of real estate complaints lodged with the department involve residential tenancy or property management matters. Often these matters should not have occurred in the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Mar 2016
4 February 2016 The Department of Commerce wishes to notify agents and property managers of some recent changes by the Magistrates Court and Australia Post in relation to their services. Increase in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Feb 2016

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A Padbury motor vehicle repairer who failed to disclose his criminal convictions has been reprimanded and banned from working in the industry in WA by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Ean Jacob Rozario was deemed to be unfit to be the holder of a motor vehicle repairer’s certificate for failing to comply with a condition of his licence which required him to submit a National Police...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jun 2017
Catastrophic failure to manage a trust account and trading without a licence for three months has resulted in a WA real estate agent being fined $8,000 plus $832 in costs. Amanda Jones, formerly trading as Ray White Manjimup Districts, has pleaded guilty to nine charges, under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. There were: seven charges of failing to correctly balance her trust account each...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Mar 2017
Online licensing to save time and money for businesses and tradespeople. Electronic lodgement of notices will reduce overheads for industry.
Building Commission
Department News
12 Oct 2016
Licensing and registration for more than 40 occupations in Western Australia is beginning to move online, providing a productivity boost to businesses and tradespeople and millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers over the next few years. Licence applications for electricians, gas fitters, plumbers, builders, real estate agents, motor vehicle dealers and repairers is currently a time consuming...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Oct 2016
A registered real estate sales representative has been fined a total of $8,000 and given a criminal conviction by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for managing a property without an agent’s licence as well as for breaching tenancy laws. Ebony Te Whakaaronga Cheetham of Clarkson was convicted in her absence on 22 April 2016 and also ordered to pay costs of $700. In December 2013 Ms Cheetham offered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Apr 2016
Building Commissioner Peter Gow has issued a warning to Western Australian companies who fail to pay contractors, subcontractors and suppliers on time that they may be in breach of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 .
Building Commission
Media release
12 Apr 2016
On 23 November the State Administrative Tribunal found that Centex Australasia Pty Ltd and Mr Rick Bantleman had breached section 7(1) of the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales Representatives 2011 (WA) by not acting fairly and honestly. On 21 April 2017, the Court of Appeal overturned this decision and dismissed the case against Mr Bantleman and Centex Australasia Pty Ltd. Media contact (...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Apr 2017
A real estate agent has had his licence suspended for a year and has been fined $10,000 after being reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for mismanaging the agency’s trust accounts. This penalty took into account the eighteen months in which he did not perform the duties of a licensed agent immediately prior to the SAT decision. Steven Charles Webster , who was sole Director of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Dec 2015
The State Government has announced reforms for building in bushfire-prone areas of Western Australia. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has prepared a map which identifies the bushfire-prone areas across the State. A bushfire hazard assessment will be required for new homes in areas identified as bushfire-prone on the map. The assessment will determine the level of construction...
Building Commission
Department News
07 Dec 2015
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe... Consumer Protection is seeking feedback on various options for changes to the laws regulating the buying, selling and repair of motor vehicles in Western Australia. These laws impact consumers who buy motor vehicles (including cars, caravans, camper vans and motor cycles) from dealers, as well as consumers who have any of these...
Consumer Protection
Department News
19 Nov 2015

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