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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 Background The purpose of this review is to update the DUG Act’s provisions, which are outdated and do not take into account...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
Update on the retirement village legislation reform process Submissions to all Consultation Regulatory Impact Statements (CRIS) are now closed. We would like to thank all stakeholders who provided feedback during the consultation period of the retirement village reform process. Recommendations for...
Consultations
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
Consumer Protection is advising tenants to be wary of products that are advertised as cheaper alternatives to rental bonds. These products are not legal in Western Australia. How ‘bond replacement’ products compare to bonds Bonds At the start of a lease, tenants may be asked to pay a bond, usually...
Bonds
This overview explains how personal information is collected, used and disclosed by the Bond Administrator and officers authorised under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and the Residential Parks (Long-stay tenants) Act 2006 (the Acts). Personal information collected by the Bond Administrator...
Bonds
Information for real estate consumers Consumer Protection have developed a number of publications to assist consumers with real estate transactions. Home buyers Home Buyers Survival Guide Sale by offer and acceptance Buying vacant land Buying land or property off-the-plan Timber pest inspections...
Buying a property
The below information will assist if a landlord or park operator cannot contact the tenant, or the tenant has not provided instruction for the abandoned goods. Important changes to applying for Abandoned Goods Certificates Abandoned Goods Certificates are no longer issued (as of 1 November 2021)...
When a tenancy ends

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24 November 2021 Increasing the rent during a tenancy and time to replace smoke alarms In this bulletin: Increasing the rent during a tenancy Is it your smoke alarm’s 10-year anniversary? Increasing...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
25 Nov 2021
24 November 2021 Increasing the rent during a tenancy and time to replace smoke alarms In this bulletin: Increasing the rent during a tenancy Is it your smoke alarm’s 10-year anniversary? Increasing...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
25 Nov 2021
25 November 2021 Increasing the rent during a tenancy and time to replace smoke alarms In this bulletin: Increasing the rent during a tenancy Is it your smoke alarm's 10-year anniversary? Increasing...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
25 Nov 2021
Employers have a duty of care under occupational safety and health laws (OSH) to ensure workers are not exposed to hazards in the workplace, as far as practicable. The workplace can be defined...
WorkSafe
Information
22 Nov 2021
Real estate and business agents wishing to complete activities towards the Community Titles Management professional development subject (Schedule 1A of the Regulations) can select from the approved...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Feb 2022
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

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As a result of the Premier’s announcement placing WA into a hard lockdown until 6pm on Friday, 5 February, our counter and phone services are currently unavailable. You are encouraged to email any enquiries to consumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au . If your matter is urgent, please include a contact telephone number in your email and Consumer Protection will call you back within 24 hours. We will resume full...
Consumer Protection
Department News
01 Feb 2021
Fourth phase of rent grant scheme to soften the blow of expected rent increases Grants give tenants and landlords an incentive to continue current tenancies Strategy aims to reduce evictions and large rent increases after March 28, 2021 More financial assistance is being offered by the McGowan Government to tenants and landlords with the aim of securing current tenancies when the moratorium on...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jan 2021
Penny Lipscombe, Consumer Protection
Penny Lipscombe, Consumer Protection, by CP Media
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe The clock is ticking on WA’s renting moratorium, which will see the ban on rent increases and some evictions being lifted when the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic emergency laws expire on 28 March 2021. Consumer Protection is encouraging landlords and tenants to start a conversation now about what...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Jan 2021
Thornlie couple lose their home purchase savings in a payment redirection scam Settlement agent’s email used by scammers looked almost the same Property buyers and sellers should be suspicious of payment demands by email A Thornlie couple’s dream of buying their first home in Australia has been shattered after scammers stole almost $133,000 after cloning the settlement agent’s email address. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jan 2021
WA tenants and landlords who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic have one last chance to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to go towards paying their rent this Christmas. Phase two of the WA Government’s Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS) means that tenants who have lost their job as a result of COVID-19 and are suffering financial hardship can apply to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Dec 2020
COVID-19 rent grant updates See the latest announcement on the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme for current eligibility and application details. Grant funding to be re-purposed to pay 75 per cent of rent arrears to landlords Assistance to prevent evictions at the end of the COVID-19 emergency period To qualify, landlords must offer existing tenants a minimum six month agreement The McGowan...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Dec 2020
A holiday safety consumer alert has been issued by Consumer Protection following the recent tragic death of a two-year-old girl who was strangled by a blind cord at her home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast last month. With children spending more time at home over the summer holiday season, the young child’s death is a grim reminder that parents and carers must be vigilant to the dangers in the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Dec 2020
A property manager employed by a Mandurah real estate agency has been fined $6,000 and ordered to pay $400 costs by the Mandurah Magistrates Court for taking money from the agency’s trust account for her own purposes. Kylie Jo-Anne Thomas was convicted on 8 December 2020 of making unauthorised withdrawals from the trust account in breach of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. In August and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Dec 2020
An Ellenbrook real estate agency has been reprimanded and fined by the State Administrative Tribunal for employing an unregistered sales representative. HKY Real Estate Pty Ltd was fined $7,000 while the unregistered sales representative Shane David Penny was fined $1,500, in addition to costs of $500 each for breaching the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. Mr Penny held a certificate of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Dec 2020
A Mount Lawley real estate agency, its supervising director and two staff members have been reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over the failure to lodge three tenancy bonds with the Bond Administrator as well as related irregularities found in the agency’s accounts. Beaufort Nominees Pty Ltd , trading as Michael Johnson & Co and Professionals Michael Johnson & Co at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Nov 2020

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