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Your house, My home: Rethinking renting in WA Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020 . Did you know that it has been more than 10 years since the rental laws in Western Australia have been reviewed? With the high cost of owning a home, more Western Australians than...
Consultations
The public comment period on the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia closed on 26 November 2019. All submissions received by the department will be provided to the Minister in order to facilitate his decision in relation to adopting the model WHS regulations in Western...
Work health and safety legislation reform
There are two ways the property you're renting can be repossessed: by the mortgagee (i.e. a bank or other lender), which is the most common; or, by a person with superior title (e.g. Government authority). The mortgagee or person with superior title must apply to the Supreme Court to ask for...
When a tenancy ends
The Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 (DUG Act) is being reviewed to examine the processes for disposing of uncollected goods Status: CLOSED , closed 31 October 2019. Background The purpose of this review is to update the DUG Act’s provisions, which are outdated and do not take into account...
Consultations
The department is seeking your comments regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)) . The following videos have been produced to provide information regarding the consultation process: Work Health and Safety Regulations...
Information sessions and workshops
Status: CRIS Paper 3 is now open, submissions close Wednesday 30 September 2020 Current consultation phase – Clarifying when the Retirement Villages Act 1992 (WA) (the Act) applies We need your thoughts about reforms to retirement village laws. This is the third in a series of consultation papers...
Consultations
Construction Induction Training cards (CIT) are supplied to an RTO on the condition that the CIT cards are only issued to candidates who provide evidence that they are located in Western Australia at the time of the assessment for the CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry...
Construction Industry Training Card
Case studies shared by tenant advocates from a community legal centre are availble on the Safe Tenancy WA page. Factsheets and useful information Safe Tenancy WA poster Help and advice from the Department of Communities Find a tenant advocate in WA Directory of WA’s community legal centres Keeping...
Safe tenancy
Quick close this page To close this window immediately, press Ctrl +W on a keyboard or use the close tab option on a mobile device. For information about how to browse incognito and/or erase your history, see www.esafety.gov.au Tenancy reforms for renters affected by family and domestic violence...
Safe tenancy
LP Gas cylinder safety in bush fire prone areas Guidelines on the storage of LP Gas cylinders on properties in bush fire prone areas. LP Gas cylinder safety in bush fire prone areas brochure The guidelines aim to help residents reduce the risks associated with LP Gas cylinders should a fire...
Gas installations

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29 June 2020 It’s important to know the difference between a remedial and rent default notice. This eBulletin explains remedial notices and when to use them. Next week’s will focus on rent default...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Jul 2020
Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme - Can't pay your rent? poster to download, print and share. Key message: There is a special grant of up to $2,000 available to help with rent if you're struggling...
Consumer Protection
Poster
28 Aug 2020
WorkSafe has identified instances where demolition work was conducted without first removing asbestos-containing materials. Recently, workers may have been exposed to asbestos while carrying out...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020
Landlords and property managers can use this flowchart during the COVID-19 to assist with managing notifications and date counting when the tenant has failed to pay all or some rent during the...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
25 May 2020
18 May 2020 As you may be aware the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 (the Act) has now been enacted to address the hardship being experienced by both tenants and landlords as a...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
19 May 2020
Flowchart last updated: 17 September 2020 This flowchart explains how the mandatory conciliation process works. For additional information, including how to apply, see the COVID-19 Residential...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
17 Sep 2020
7 May 2020 COVID-19 and property access – an update This bulletin supersedes real estate industry bulletin 220 issued on 6 April 2020. On 26 April 2020 Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
08 May 2020
A note about these documents The Guidelines for rent repayment agreements under the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 and Optional COVID-19 rent repayment agreement template provided...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
25 Jun 2020
23 April 2020 You may recall recent changes to the Settlement Agents Act 1981 (the SA Act) which came into effect on 1 January 2020. This means you are now required to meet your annual compulsory...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Apr 2020
23 April 2020 You probably recall changes to the Real Estate and Business Agents (General) Regulations 1979 which came into effect on 1 January 2020. This means if you’re a real estate agent,...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Apr 2020

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The McGowan Government has announced a new package to support tenants, landlords and the construction industry in the COVID-19 pandemic. The package adds to the McGowan Government's $1.7 billion stimulus and relief package for businesses and households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It complements the introduction of a six-month freeze on rent increases, the moratorium on evictions from March...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Apr 2020
A six-month moratorium on residential tenancy evictions will now become law, with legislation introduced by the McGowan Government passing the Western Australian Parliament. The new laws implement the decision of the National Cabinet and are designed to prevent tenants from having to move out or being made homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, tenants can still have their leases...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2020
Urgent legislation to implement a range of measures to minimise financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on tenants and landlords of both commercial and residential tenancies will be introduced into State Parliament this week. The Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020 will introduce a moratorium on evictions for small commercial tenancies and provide a range of other measures to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Apr 2020
A real estate agency manager recently jailed for fraud has been ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and costs for taking more than $220,000 of clients’ money from trust accounts. At Perth Magistrates Court on 18 March 2020, Jason John Vecchio pleaded guilty to 15 breaches of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act for unauthorised withdrawals and mismanagement of the trust accounts in 2015. Mr...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Apr 2020
WA tenants are being urged by Consumer Protection to continue to pay their rent unless they are genuinely experiencing severe financial hardship. Landlords and agents are also encouraged to show compassion and to negotiate with tenants who may have lost their employment as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The agency has receive a number of calls from concerned landlords who claim...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2020
While the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly, we remain focussed on delivering our services while adhering to advice from Government to protect the health and safety of our staff and the wider community. The department is planning for a range of scenarios and endeavouring to ensure continuity of service. A number of functions can be performed remotely or by using our online...
Corporate
Department News
23 Mar 2020
A real estate sales representative who was convicted of extortion, assault and perverting the course of justice and then failed to inform Consumer Protection has been banned from working in the industry for 10 years by the State Administrative Tribunal. James Steven Mitsopoulos was deemed to be unfit to hold a certificate of registration which was cancelled. He was first registered in October...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Mar 2020
Under OSH legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the COVID-19 coronavirus. Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the Australian and WA...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping After recent cyclones and storms there will be many Western Australians who have been cleaning-up and are now looking to fix property damage, such as roof or fence repairs. Although we haven’t had any reports of travelling conmen or unlicensed traders, we know the calm after the storm is often when they go door-to-door, offering cheap deals...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection, Lanie Chopping Perth’s rental prices have flat-lined for almost three years, but there are strong indications the market could be resuscitated in 2020. According to REIWA, the number of rental listings fell nine per cent in the last three months of 2019 – helping to nudge down the vacancy rate to 2.4 per cent and resulting in increased competition among...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Feb 2020

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