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Nominating for a Consumer Protection Award The frequently asked questions below provide some helpful information about the Consumer Protection Awards such as the essential entry requirements, how to apply for an award and the judging process. When do nominations open and close? Nominations open in...
Consumer Protection Awards
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
Gary Newcombe May 2021 - Current Gary Newcombe became Commissioner for Consumer Protection and Executive Director for Consumer Protection on Monday 24th May 2021. Gary has 40 years' experience in the Commonwealth and State public sectors and the Western Australian Parliament, primarily in the areas...
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Consumer Protection has undertaken a review of the laws which regulate long‑stay residential park tenancies in Western Australia. Status: Completed Background The purpose of this review is to assess the effectiveness of the operation of the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 (RPLT Act...
Consultations
Have you seen those ads on TV telling you how affordable a funeral plan can be? They say you can put money aside now to take the pressure off your family later. There are different ways to pay for a funeral, but some may be more suitable for you than others. One of the easiest ways to pay for a...
Aboriginal consumers
Proposed reforms to the retirement village laws in WA are now underway. Between 2012 and 2016 significant changes were made to retirement villages legislation in WA following the Statutory Review of Retirement Villages Legislation Final Report, November 2010 (Final Report) (stage 1 reforms). Many...
What is a retirement village?
Scams, ripoffs and frauds are becoming more and more commonplace. Consumer Protection has developed WA ScamNet as one method of combatting this ever increasing problem. WA ScamNet What is WA ScamNet? WA ScamNet profiles the most prevalent scams targeting Western Australians and provides information...
Scams
2021 Consumer Protection Awards winners announced! We honoured this year's Consumer Protection Awards winners at a presentation ceremony on Tuesday 20 April. Check out our Consumer Protection Awards winners and finalists page for details. Nominations for the 2022 Consumer Protection Awards will...
Consumer Protection Awards
A retirement village is a community of seniors living in individual premises sharing common facilities and amenities managed by a retirement village operator. There can be confusion about the differences between village complexes classified as retirement villages and those classified as residential...
Specialised accommodation
From the outset it’s worth emphasising that life in a retirement village will involve living in a community with an older age group. Although retirement villages are marketed to over 55s, the current average age of entry in Western Australia is 78 years, and the current average age of residents is...
Living in a retirement village

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The Digital DMIRS Strategy seeks to improve the department’s operations and service delivery through the effective use of technology. Some goals of the strategy are to modernise digital systems and...
Corporate
Information
23 Dec 2020
Multigenerational living is when people from two or more generations of a family live together in the same household or on the same property. Perhaps you are considering entering into a...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
15 Feb 2021
What's in a name? Retirement villages, lifestyle villages and strata title Some complexes use the term 'retirement', 'lifestyle', 'gardens', 'units' or 'apartments' but they can mean different things...
Consumer Protection
Information
22 Dec 2020
Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement 3 (CRIS 3) is the third in a series of consultation papers regarding the implementation of the remaining Statutory Review of Retirement Villages Legislation,...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
09 Jun 2021
Keep this guide handy to answer questions about your housing options as you age. What is a retirement village? These are managed residential complexes providing independent living accommodation for...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
03 Feb 2020
Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement 2 (CRIS 2) looks at possible retirement villages legislation reform regarding operator obligations. It deals with some issues which arise during residence and...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
09 Jun 2021
Significant changes to the Retirement Villages 1992 Act (RV Act) were put in place prior to 2016 as a result of the stage one review. Many of these changes focused on providing the consumer with more...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
09 Jun 2021
June 2018 Welcome to our new retirement villages bulletin Welcome to the inaugural Consumer Protection WA retirement villages bulletin; we’re glad to have you on board. This new bulletin aims to make...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Oct 2018
Guide to new reforms for retirement villages
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
18 Apr 2018
Flowchart guides to time caps on recurrent changes - residential premises permanently vacated BEFORE 1 April 2014 (retirement villages) Flowchart guides to time caps on recurrent changes -...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
03 Jul 2019

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Final consultation paper open for comment Includes proposals for a new process to manage changes to a retirement village Consultation closes on 21 July 2021 Consumer Protection has released the final consultation paper in Stage Two of its retirement villages’ legislation reform process in Western Australia, and all interested parties are encouraged to provide feedback. The Consultation Regulatory...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jun 2021
Creating ‘one big happy family’ might be the dream when it comes to multigenerational living, but in reality there’s a lot to weigh-up before entering into a granny flat arrangement. If you’re wondering where you’ll spend your twilight years, a granny flat interest in your adult child’s home might seem like a win-win – you can downsize to a smaller property, while being on-hand to provide and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Feb 2021
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
The third phase of consultation on proposed changes to retirement village laws in WA is looking at difficulties consumers considering seniors accommodation can experience in determining whether a village operates under the Retirement Villages Act (RV Act). The setting up of a public register is a proposal being put forward to assist in identifying whether a particular village is covered under the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jun 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
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 There are many success stories of people who’ve met through dating websites or apps and fallen in love but unfortunately there are also some very sad stories where people have fallen victim to romance scams. In 2019 Australians reported romance scam losses of more than $28 million, to the ACCC’s Scamwatch. Australia’s consumer protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Imagine waiting four years for money owed to you after leaving a retirement village. In extreme cases it’s the shocking reality for former retirement village residents who are left in serious financial hardship and distress and unable to pay for alternative accommodation. We know seniors in this position may have urgent needs to move into...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Dec 2019
The second phase of consultation on proposed changes to retirement village laws in WA will look at the time it takes for former residents to receive their exit entitlements. Currently, in some extreme cases, former residents of retirement villages have reported waiting up to four years before they receive funds owing to them, often causing serious financial hardship and distress. These funds are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Dec 2019
Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020. Normal services will return on Thursday 2 January 2020. For urgent enquiries please visit our contact page.
Corporate
Department News
04 Dec 2019

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