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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
The style of buildings that make up retirement villages range from units, apartments 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...
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...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 ('the Parks Act') sets out the broad principles (or minimum standards) for the conduct of park operators and tenants in the residential park tenancy market. The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Regulations 2007 ('Regulations') provide for the...
During a tenancy
Consumer Protection media statements are available online. Ministerial media statements Media statements issued by the Hon John R. Quigley LLB JP MLA, Minister for Commerce, are available from the Government Media Office page . Media statements issued by the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for...
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Consumer Protection provides a variety of online resources: Online complaint form – to submit a complaint about a trader. Please attempt to follow our advice on resolving disputes via the consumer complaint checklist before formally making a complaint. WA ScamNet – profiles the most prevalent scams...
Online resources
Consumer Protection provides advice and information for Western Australian consumers, businesses, landlords and tenants. Read our publication Your guide to Consumer Protection for further information. The information on this website can help you with answer a question about: housing and...
About us
If you think you have been scammed please seek assistance where you need it. In the first instance, p lease contact WA ScamNet to report the scam and for assistance. If the scam relates to a product or a service , you may have rights under the Australian Consumer Law which can help your case, even...
Scams
The Seniors Housing Advisory Centre (SHAC) is a free, independent information and advice service covering the full range of housing options for seniors in WA. The SHAC does not directly offer housing, or provide financial and legal advice, but can be an invaluable source of information for seniors...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
There can be many reasons why you might wish to leave a village – you may need to move to aged care, you may find that the village has become unaffordable, you may not like the new management, your family may move and you wish to move nearer to them or you may simply find that retirement village...
Leaving a retirement village

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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
12 Apr 2018
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. Are you a tenant in a family and domestic violence situation and need some assistance? Find out more about your...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
15 Apr 2019
This page contains links to information which may be valuable for tenants of residential parks.
Consumer Protection
Information
14 Apr 2019
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
24 Jul 2018
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
15 Jan 2020
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
Advice for carers and care workers.
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
29 May 2014
Are you booking short-term Accommodation? Choose Accredited Holiday Accommodation Managers
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
29 May 2014
Many people don’t know where to turn to for tips and advice, especially when they need it most. So whether you need advice about buying property, booking travel, day-to-day shopping concerns or scams...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
27 May 2014

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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Are you paying extra for bills you receive in the mail? Service providers may be charging you a fee to cover the costs of printing and posting your bill – but there may be a way you can avoid the charge. The easiest way is to switch to online billing and receive your bills by email or via the company’s app or website but that is not going...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Aug 2019
The review of laws regulating the retirement village sector in WA moves to a new chapter with Consumer Protection embarking on an extensive consultation process with the industry and community before recommending any further changes. The first paper of the second-stage review of the Retirement Villages Act (RV Act), which is now open for consultation, will focus on improving the definition of a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Aug 2019
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is conducting a stakeholder satisfaction survey to invite feedback on our services and our role as a regulator. The results will help DMIRS focus on business areas and services that need performance improvements. If you subscribe to a DMIRS email newsletter or subscriber news service, you may be contacted by email and invited to take...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Apr 2019
As some of us get older, some of our housing needs are likely to change to suit our lifestyle but there is what appears to be a confusing array of housing options now available for retirees. Working out what is the best choice for you can be tricky and it is important to weigh up the positives and negatives. The Seniors Housing Advisory Centre (SHAC) operating out of Consumer Protection provides...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Dec 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
The McGowan Government will this week introduce a Bill into State Parliament to provide greater protections for long-stay tenants at residential parks in Western Australia. The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Bill 2018 will ensure fairer dealings and security of contract between park operators and their long-stay tenants. Key reforms include: Limiting the termination of fixed-term...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2018
Funding to provide family violence rental law education for tenant advocates After the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018 passed the Lower House in June 2018, $50,000 from the State Government’s Consumer Credit Account is being granted to Tenancy WA to train community workers ahead of the tenancy law changes. Tenancy WA in conjunction with the Women’s Council...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2018
Many seniors prefer to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and recent reforms in aged care now give more choice to consumers choosing that option. Since February 2017, all government funded home care packages have been provided to individual consumers rather than allocated to approved providers. So this new model of consumer directed care allows older consumers more flexibility and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jul 2018
Consumer Protection is urging retailers of iTunes gift cards to do more to enforce limits on sales to scam victims, who are mostly elderly, and to erect warning signs at the point of sale. The call comes after a report of yet another huge loss by a Bunbury couple in their 70’s who last week reported purchasing $23,900 in iTunes cards after receiving a call from scammers claiming to be from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Feb 2018
The owner of a Mandurah retirement village has been fined $5,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for failing to provide specific information to prospective residents prior to them signing contracts. Stephen Graeme May of Mosman Park owns the Willow Creek Mews retirement village in Greenfields, near Mandurah. He pleaded guilty on 31 January 2018 and was fined over breaches of the Retirement...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Feb 2018

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