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These publications are designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Statement of Regulatory Intent This Statement from the regulator provides the principles for the regulatory approach that WorkSafe (...
Work health and safety laws
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the Work Health and Safety laws. A WHS service provider is a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) that provides work health and safety services to another business...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
Who is considered a worker? Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 a worker is any person who carries out work for a PCBU, including work as an employee, contractor, subcontractor, self-employed person, outworker, apprentice or trainee, work experience student, employee of a labour hire company...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
The WHS Act and accompanying regulations came into effect on 31 March 2022. Download the Act Download the regulations This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Short video animations...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Amendments to Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS General Regulations) and Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022...
Work health and safety laws
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the Work Health and Safety laws. The WHS Act and accompanying regulations came into effect on 31 March 2022. Download the Act Download the Regulations WHS publications and...
Work health and safety laws
The regulator can grant a group of people an exemption from complying with a regulation of the Work Health and Safety Regulations. These are referred to as a class exemptions. It is important to read class exemptions closely to see if they apply to you, and if you cannot meet all of the conditions...
Class exemptions
Sub-letting is when a tenant rents out all or part of the property to someone else. The letting tenant becomes the head-tenant. The relationship between the head-tenant and the sub-tenant is the same as the relationship between the lessor and the tenant, in that the head-tenant takes on the...
Types of rental accommodation
A co-tenancy is when two or more generally unrelated people rent together on the same tenancy agreement, such as a share house. Co-tenancy is different from sub-letting and rooming arrangements, which are two other common arrangements that occur in shared living. Sub-letting : A rental agreement...
Types of rental accommodation
Park rules set out expectations for park operators, tenants and their visitors for the use, enjoyment, control and management of the park. The rules form part of the long-stay agreement and must be given to the long-stay tenant in advance of the agreement being entered into (along with other...
During a tenancy

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Section 1: Strategic plan for commissioning community services Background In August 2022, the WA Government released the State Commissioning Strategy for Community Services (Strategy) with the...
Consumer Protection
Reports
21 Dec 2023
29 November 2023 Residential Tenancy reforms introduced to Parliament The West Australian Government has today introduced legislation into Parliament which proposes a series of residential tenancy...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Nov 2023
6 September 2023 Your rights and responsibilities in a shared tenancy Changes in the property market in Western Australia have seen shared tenancies (two or more people renting the same house)...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
06 Sep 2023
23 June 2023 Don't let mould get the better of you The risk of mould growing in your home increases during wet or humid weather, and after major storms, but there are ways to stop mould from...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Jun 2023
8 June 2023 Update on the review of residential tenancy laws in Western Australia Consumer Protection has reviewed the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA ) to identify changes that adapt to the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Jun 2023
11 May 2023 Breaking a lease Tenants wanting to end a fixed-term tenancy agreement before the end date (breaking lease) should find it easier in the current tight rental market as it will generally...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
11 May 2023
Tenancy Laws Part 3 - Ending a Tenancy - Malay Translation, by ConsumerProtectionWA
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Apr 2023
Tenancy Laws Part 2 - Moving In - Malay Translation, by ConsumerProtectionWA
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Apr 2023
9 January 2023 What happens to your tenancy during a disaster Tenants and landlords each have responsibilities if a cyclone, storm, fire, flood, earthquake or some other disaster affects a rental...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Jan 2023
23 December 2022 Pool safety – it’s everyone's responsibility Homes with pools, spas or portable pools must be safe to protect young children from injury or drowning. Royal Life Saving Australia...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Dec 2022

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Stronger regulation of short-term rental accommodation a step closer with new Bill Short stay rental accommodation register introduced $10,000 grants creating long-term rentals for Western Australians in need of a home The Cook Government has today introduced a Bill into State Parliament that will provide stronger regulation of Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) in Western Australia. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Feb 2024
Welshpool real estate agency and director fined a total of $8,000 Over $30,000 in bonds not lodged within required timeframe Warning to agents to ensure timely bond lodgements A Welshpool real estate agency and its director have been fined and reprimanded over failing to lodge $32,380 in tenancy bonds with the Bond Administrator within the 14 day timeframe. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Feb 2024
West Aussies are no strangers to disasters such as bushfires, storms and floods. But if you’re renting, there might be the extra stress of working with your landlord should your residence be affected by a catastrophe. The good news is when it comes to rentals, both landlords and tenants have rights and responsibilities should a property become damaged or destroyed in a disaster such as a cyclone...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jan 2024
Modernisation of WA tenancy laws begins with a Bill introduced to Parliament Rent increases limited to once every 12 months Greater freedom for tenants to keep pets and make minor modifications New dispute resolution procedure to deliver fast, fair and transparent outcomes New laws to improve the lives of Western Australian renters have been introduced to Parliament, as part of the Cook...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Nov 2023
Buying or renting a residential property involves significant financial transactions which, increasingly, are targets for scammers. Over the last 12 month, WA ScamNet received 129 complaints of real estate and rental scams that left 74 West Australians almost one million dollars, in total, out of pocket. Rental and real estate scammers try to trick you out of your money when you need to transfer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Nov 2023
All short-term rental accommodation providers to be required to register properties New $10,000 incentive for property owners to transition existing short-term rental accommodation into long-term rental homes for Western Australians Reforms to provide consistency across the sector and clarity on what is required to operate a short-term rental accommodation property The Cook Government has today...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Nov 2023
Houses in Tom Price and Wickham left unprotected Electricians failed to install a vital safety component during switchboard upgrades Company submitted incorrect safety and compliance declarations Occupants in three Pilbara homes were left exposed to potentially fatal hazards for weeks after electricians failed to install essential safety devices while upgrading switchboards. Karratha electrical...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Sep 2023
Everyone has the right to privacy in their own homes, and those living in rental properties across Western Australia are certainly no exception. Claims of private landlords and property managers arriving unannounced for inspections, maintenance and rent collection are fairly common issues reported to Consumer Protection – in the past two years, our team has fielded 177 enquiries and 36 complaints...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Aug 2023
Investigators from the State Government’s electrical safety regulator, Building and Energy, are on site at a property in Nollamara where an electrical worker tragically died this morning. The 24-year-old electrician was found deceased in the home’s roof space. Western Australia’s Director of Energy Safety, Saj Abdoolakhan, has extended his deepest condolences to the electrician’s loved ones. “Our...
Building and Energy
Media release
29 Jul 2023
Rising rents and a lack of available homes have prompted many Western Australians to seek out share houses as a way of keeping a roof over their heads at a price they can afford. Before taking on a housemate, or becoming one yourself, it’s crucial that everyone understands the arrangement they have agreed to, as the law applies differently to boarders and lodgers than it does to co-tenants or sub...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2023

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