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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...
Work health and safety legislation reform
The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 was passed as the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) and assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. The WHS Act will not commence until proclamation. The WHS regulations have to be finalised before proclamation occurs. Work on the WHS regulations...
Work health and safety legislation reform
The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Amendment Bill 2018 was passed through Parliament on 25 June 2020. The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 with the aim of improving certainty of contract and promoting fair dealing between the parties...
Site agreements
The Residential Tenancies Mandatory Conciliation Service was established to help landlords and tenants who have a rental issue during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic emergency period. It was introduced by the WA Government to help landlords and tenants reach agreement about a relevant dispute...
Having problems with renting a home?
Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme expanded until 31 December 2021 The Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS), introduced in 2020, has expanded to offer f uture rent support for tenants who are struggling financially to meet rent payments after the end of the emergency period. Grants are...
Having problems with renting a home?
What the end of the emergency period means for tenants and landlords The extended COVID-19 emergency period has ended, which means the ordinary tenancy laws under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA) apply again. Landlords and tenants are encouraged to act and negotiate in good faith to agree on...
Having problems with renting a home?
The following information has been developed to assist employers and employees meet their safety and health obligations. Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety Public transport including taxis and rideshare services - Minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 Working from home Safe...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
The following information has been developed for employers and employees looks at ways to look after your mental health during this challenging time. COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employers: Looking after your mental health COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employees: Looking after your mental health...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
Safe Work Australia has created an easy to follow infographic to advise workplaces on the steps they should take if a worker comes down with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
This page contains frequently asked questions about vaping. Is vaping hazardous? Yes, vaping can be hazardous. The nature of the hazard will depend upon factors such as the liquid used in the e-cigarette and the health status of the individual. In 2019, there were 2290 cases of lung injury...
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1 October 2021 Important changes to abandoned goods processes and mould in rental properties In this bulletin: Important changes to handling goods abandoned at the end of a tenancy Mould in rental...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
13 Oct 2021
1 October 2021 Important changes to abandoned goods processes and mould in rental properties In this bulletin: Important changes to handling goods abandoned at the end of a tenancy Mould in rental...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Oct 2021
1 October 2021 Important changes to abandoned goods processes and mould in rental properties In this bulletin: Important changes to handling goods abandoned at the end of a tenancy Mould in rental...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
13 Oct 2021
2 September 2021 Introduction of community titles and CPD reminder In this bulletin: Introduction of community titles Reminder to complete your CPD requirements Community titles: New strata options...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Sep 2021
2 September 2021 Introduction of community titles, annual audit report deadline fast approaching, and CPD reminder In this bulletin: Introduction of community titles legislation Annual audit report...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Sep 2021
16 July 2021 A swift deal may result in future pain Our current real estate market has seen the quick negotiation of sales transactions, with some homes being sold almost ‘sight unseen’. This...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Jul 2021
5 July 2021 The WA Government has extended the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme for a further six months to help renters who are finding it difficult to meet their rent payments as a result of...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Jul 2021
5 July 2021 The WA Government has extended the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS) until 31 December 2021 to assist renters who are struggling to pay their rent due to the coronavirus (COVID...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Jul 2021
5 July 2021 The WA Government has extended the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS) until 31 December 2021 to assist renters who are struggling to pay their rent due to the coronavirus (COVID...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Jul 2021
30 June 2021 Increase to licensing fees From 1 July 2021 some of Consumer Protection’s licence and registration fees will be increasing. Information about the different fees is available on our...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
30 Jun 2021

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Consumer Protection granted supervision order to take over settlement agency Action follows failure to complete recent settlements and disburse funds Transactions involving the agency’s trust account under investigation A supervisor will be appointed to a West Leederville settlement agency to take control of the agency’s bank accounts and its operations after concerns were raised about its...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Sep 2021
Website listing and signboard claimed the home had reverse cycle air conditioning Home in fact had ducted evaporative air conditioning with only cooling function Fines under Australian Consumer Law for making false or misleading statements False claims about the air conditioning system of a Jindalee home for sale has resulted in an Alkimos real estate agency and its Director being ordered to pay...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Aug 2021
Agency took up to five weeks to lodge bonds with the Bond Administrator Law allows lodgement within two weeks but no longer Property managers reminded to process bonds as soon as practicable Failure to lodge three tenancy bonds on time has resulted in an East Perth real estate agency being reprimanded and fined $2,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal. Tiapan Pty Ltd , trading as L.J. Hooker...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Aug 2021
More than 3,000 Western Australians secure home buyers grant in 2020-21 Near record $6 million paid out to help people buy their first home Funds come from interest earned from the trust accounts of real estate agents A near record $6 million in Home Buyers Assistance Account (HBAA) grants were paid to first home buyers last financial year, helping more than 3,000 Western Australians to buy their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Aug 2021
Building and Energy campaign targets carbon monoxide hazards in the home Gas heaters should be regularly serviced by a licensed gas fitter Ensure adequate ventilation and awareness of carbon monoxide symptoms A new campaign is urging Western Australians to stay safe and warm this winter by having their gas heaters serviced and being aware of carbon monoxide risks. The campaign, by the State’s gas...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Jul 2021
Rent support or rent arrears grants on offer Scheme which has already supported thousands of tenants extended until December 31, 2021 Previous applicants can apply again The McGowan Government has extended the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS) to continue to assist tenants facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to pay their rent. Applications for the existing scheme, which has so...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Jun 2021
Encroachment of a garage into neighbouring property not disclosed before sale Agent told about the issue during appraisal but forgot about it Warning to agents to improve efforts to discover and disclose facts Failing to disclose an encroachment issue prior to the sale of a Nedlands home has resulted in a real estate agency and its former Director being fined a total of $13,000 by the State...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jun 2021
Sales rep failed to carry out checks that would have revealed sewer lines Land buyer forced to modify their building plans as a result of the late discovery Employer failed to be more thorough in their review of the matter A real estate sales representative and the Mt Lawley agency he works for have been fined a total of $9,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to uncover the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 May 2021
Sales rep failed to act honestly and fairly in land sale at Henderson Benjamin Widdowson breached the real estate industry Code of Conduct Financial interest in the sale not disclosed to all parties A Perth real estate sales representative has been reprimanded and disqualified from holding a registration for 12 months by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for his dishonest involvement during...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2021
Tenants looking for rentals have lost thousands after responding to fake ads Recent victims are mothers who are now homeless and out of pocket People looking for rentals are urged to inspect the property before paying Tenants who are desperate to secure a rental property in the current tight market are being targeted by scammers with many thousands of dollars being lost and Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2021

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Land valuers can apply for or renew their licences.
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Real estate and business agents and sales representatives can apply for or renew their licences and registrations.
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Lodge, dispose or, or vary your bond online. (For real estate agents and landlords registered for access).
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Notifications

Real estate agents, settlement agents, real estate representatives, motor vehicle salespersons, motor vehicle yard managers, motor vehicle dealers and repair businesses, land valuers, employment agents and debt collectors can notify the department about changes to contact information.
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Information regarding licence fees and links to the relevant forms for land valuers, real estate agents, sales representatives and property managers, settlement agents, and retirement villages.
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