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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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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 and reports
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
New laws for retirement villages have begun to be implemented. A period of transition has been included in the timeframes for the major changes which include r esidence contracts and b udget and financial reporting requirements, which are explained in more detail below. How changes will effect...
What is a retirement village?
The WA Police Major Fraud Squad works closely with Consumer Protection to identify and prevent consumer fraud in Western Australia under the banner Project Sunbird . WA ScamNet website continually updates information about Project Sunbird and provides general advice to help you identify and avoid...
Scams
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
A retirement village is a community of seniors living in individual premises sharing common facilities and amenities. There can be confusion about the differences between village complexes classified as retirement villages and those classified as residential parks. In terms of appearance and...
Specialised accommodation
As a resident of a retirement village, you have certain rights under the Retirement Villages Act . These include residence contract cooling off periods, termination rights and resolution of disputes. A code of practice also applies. The code is law and covers the provision of information, as well...
Living in a retirement village
The style of buildings that make up retirement villages range from units and villas to townhouses and freestanding homes. Accommodation can include independent living units, serviced apartments and hostel accommodation. The accommodation in a retirement village is designed for seniors and may...
What is a retirement village?
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 and don't actually tell you what sort of housing is provided and which laws apply. The table below...
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DECISION REGULATORY IMPACT STATEMENT The recommendations detailed in this paper represent the Department’s final recommendations to Government arising from the statutory review process. A summary of...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
27 Jul 2017
This schedule must included with retirement village residence contracts entered into on or after 1 October 2015. The information generally reflects the termination rights and responsibilities under...
Consumer Protection
Schedule
30 Sep 2015
These flowcharts are for owners/operators of retirements villages, to assist in the understanding of the Retirement Village Act ammendments in regards to fees and charges.
Consumer Protection
Information
06 Jun 2014
This page contains forms and notices for use by residential parks managers and tenants.
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
17 Sep 2014
This page contains links to information which may be valuable for tenants of residential parks.
Consumer Protection
Information
30 May 2014
Housing needs change with time. If you are over 55 or thereabouts, you may be considering changes to your housing that better meet your finances, lifestyle or present and future needs. You can view...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
21 Jul 2015
Better Trading was a free electronic newsletter published by Consumer Protection. It contained current issues, important events and future trends in consumer protection and fair trading matters...
Consumer Protection
Newsletter
12 Mar 2015
Sample complaint letter relating to retirement village issues. Your name Your address Your phone number Your email address (if you have one) Date Name of contact person (or address the letter to the...
Consumer Protection
Template
28 Apr 2016
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
30 May 2014
Advice for carers and care workers.
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
29 May 2014

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Announcements

iTunes gift cards are being increasingly demanded by scammers as the preferred payment method, with victims being tricked into making purchases worth thousands of dollars. The victims are usually caught up in telco or tax phone scams where they have to pay a certain amount to supposedly help catch someone who has hacked into their computer and accessed their bank account or pay a bogus tax debt...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jul 2017
The McGowan Government will regulate Western Australia's $140 million prepaid funeral sector to better protect seniors and their families from fund mismanagement. The Government is developing a mandatory code of practice to give consumers greater consistency, clarity and certainty when investing in prepaid funeral plans - bringing WA into line with other States. Currently the industry is governed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jun 2017
The McGowan Government today announced amendments to residential caravan park laws to provide extra protections for Western Australians. Changes will be made to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006, which regulates the relationship between park operators and long-stay tenants. This will balance the interests of operators and tenants, and ensure fairer dealings between the parties...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2017
Consumer Protection will conduct specific investigations into retirement village complaints, particularly relating to contracts being offered by operators in WA, to ensure that the rights of retirees are being protected. The special investigation unit of senior investigators and lawyers will expand the Department’s ongoing proactive compliance program which has resulted in recent improvements in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jul 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection WA is a proud supporter of Fraud Week, which this year starts on the 15 th of May and aims to help social media users learn how to spot a scam. Social media profiles often display a lot of personal information, such as your photos, where you have been lately, a record of life events, who you’re connected to and...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 May 2017
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard The economic downturn in WA is creating opportunities for heartless scammers to take money from people in desperate circumstances who are least able to afford it. Consumer Protection has received reports from a number of people recently who have fallen victim to personal loan scams and have given personal information which could lead to...
Consumer Protection
Department News
09 Jan 2017
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard As the warmer months approach, many of us have a list of home maintenance tasks to tick-off and that might include sprucing up hard-to-reach places during a ‘Spring-clean’, emptying gutters or pruning trees in the garden. It’s timely to talk about a growing and troubling product safety issue relating to the way ladders are used,...
Consumer Protection
Department News
05 Oct 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Changes to the way several new TV channels broadcast is causing reception issues for some television users, and sellers of TVs or set top boxes should attune to this. Until recently, all networks were broadcasting in either standard definition or high definition using the MPEG-2 video format. Now, however, some high definition...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 May 2016
Consumer Protection is again warning Western Australians about phone scammers posing as the Australian Tax Office (ATO), as well as highlighting a new trend after a Mandurah woman lost more than $7,000 paying the scammers with iTunes gift cards. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard says fraudsters, usually overseas, make vulnerable members of our community anxious and steal...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 May 2016
Consumer Protection has taken legal action to stop a 65-year-old WA man from taking other people’s money and sending it to West African criminals who are pretending to run an investment scheme. The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with Peter Melvin Kleinig . The undertaking prevents Mr Kleinig from soliciting or accepting funds for the purpose of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2016

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