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The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) prohibits discriminatory, coercive and misleading conduct about WHS. This means that people can raise health and safety issues and concerns at their workplace without fear of discrimination or coercion. What is discrimination? Discrimination is the...
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The Work Health and Safety Act and accompanying regulations came into effect on 31 March 2022. Go to the Work Health and Safety laws website For information about WA's work health and safety (WHS) laws
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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
You must follow proper procedures and timeframes when issuing a form or notice in a residential park. If the matter ends up before the SAT the person who prepared the notice or form may have to prove it was correctly completed and served (given to the other person). Need a form or notice? Copies of...
Residential parks (lifestyle villages and caravan parks)
WorkSafe takes a systems based approach to the prevention of inappropriate workplace behaviours, such as bullying, harassment (including sexual harassment ) and workplace violence/aggression (including sexual assault ). If a breach is identified, WorkSafe may issue the employer an improvement...
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As with most communal living arrangements, disputes can occur within residential parks. How a dispute is dealt with can have a major impact on the ongoing wellbeing of individual tenants and the wider park community. Parties to a dispute may be able to fix the issue themselves. Sometimes they need...
During a tenancy
Each year, the representatives should agree on a schedule of meetings for the coming year. It is important newly elected/appointed representatives are included in the setting of the schedule for the coming year. The committee can decide whether to hold meetings monthly, bimonthly or quarterly or...
During a tenancy
Where there is a park liaison committee (PLC), it is the responsibility of the park operator to ensure elections are held to select the tenant representatives. However it is an offence for a park operator to unduly interfere with how the tenant representatives are chosen and penalties apply to...
During a tenancy

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8 November 2022 Energy Policy WA survey Energy Policy WA is conducting a survey among embedded networks stakeholders to better understand their experiences and inform policy. Embedded networks are...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Nov 2022
21 November 2022 Have Your Say About Family Domestic Violence Tenancy Laws Consumer Protection is keen to hear from you if you, or someone you know is a tenant who has been impacted by family...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Nov 2022
Status: Open, Closes Friday 16 December 2022 Public consultation is currently underway as part of a review of the family domestic violence provisions included in: Division 2A of the Residential...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
20 Nov 2022
Use this checklist to help ensure you meet your obligations when you dispose of belongings the tenant(s) has left behind at the end of a residential tenancy or a residential parks long-stay tenancy...
Consumer Protection
Checklist
10 Aug 2022
20 July 2022 How to increase the bond after a rent increase A bond can be increased during a long-stay tenancy if there is a rent increase. This bulletin explains the steps involved and what’s...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
20 Jul 2022
20 July 2022 Don't let bond top-ups get you down Following an increase in rent, it is common for the landlord or agent to ask you to pay money to increase the security bond. Sometimes this is called...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
20 Jul 2022
Please note this content was correct at the time of issue. As COVID-19 restrictions may change, please visit WA.gov.au to find the latest COVID-19 information. 28 June 2022 How does COVID-19 affect...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Jun 2022
This information sheet provides general guidance for workers and persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) on how to manage the risk of falls at work under the new work health and safety...
WorkSafe
Information
18 Jul 2022
22 April 2022 Reminder of the dangers of toppling furniture and large appliances You may be aware of the tragic death of a child in Byford late last year, which was caused by toppling furniture...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Jun 2022
This guide is designed to provide information and practical suggestions that may be helpful to you and others at a time when you are grieving and having to navigate legal and other processes...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
30 Mar 2022

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Statutory Review will assess effectiveness of the special family and domestic violence provisions in tenancy laws Community consultation will determine if laws need fine-tuning Consultation begins with the 16 Days in WA campaign to end violence against women getting underway later this week Special provisions in tenancy laws aimed at helping renters in situations of family and domestic violence (...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Nov 2022
As living costs rise, many tenants may find themselves in a difficult financial position and struggle to pay rent. We urge tenants who miss (or expect to miss) a rental payment to explain their situation to their landlord or real estate agent as soon as possible to hopefully avoid stressful breach notices, potential court action and even eviction. A landlord might agree to a rent reduction for a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Oct 2022
As WA’s rental market tightens and living costs rise, more renters may be considering taking on a house-mate to relieve some of the pressure. Before heading into a shared tenancy, it is important for everyone to understand the arrangement they have signed up to, as the law applies differently depending on whether it’s a co-tenancy or a rooming arrangement, and also if you are sub-letting. In co-...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Oct 2022
Two new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sheets are now available. The new FAQs cover digital identity and the WA Relationship Authorisation Manager (WARAM). The My Account FAQ has also been updated. The FAQs provide answers to common questions such as: What is a digital identity and why we need to protect it? What is the WARAM and how can it benefit our customers and their business ? Both new...
Corporate
Department News
29 Sep 2022
Residual current devices (RCDs) should be tested at the start of each season Life-saving switches protect against electrocution, serious injury and fire Simple test only takes a few minutes and could save a life With a new season underway, the State’s energy safety regulator is urging home owners to do a simple check of their residual current devices (RCDs) – the life-saving switches that protect...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Sep 2022
Mould or dampness around a home can pose a health risk and should be removed as soon as it’s noticed, yet complaints about mould in rental properties have risen. Mould is a fungal growth that thrives on moisture. It can exacerbate health problems like asthma, respiratory infections and rashes, cause unpleasant smells, damage to buildings or contents and lead to expensive repairs. The number of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Sep 2022
Fake social media ads use stolen images of legitimate rental properties Desperate people looking for rentals vulnerable to falling victim $41,000 lost to rental scams already this year, exceeding last year’s total People eager to secure a rental property amid WA’s tight market are falling victim to scammers using social media accounts to post fake ‘to let’ ads. So far this year, WA ScamNet at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Sep 2022
As rents continue rising across Western Australia, many tenants are finding that in addition to paying more money to live in their home each week, there is an extra expense they need to consider. After rent is increased at a property, a landlord or property manager is entitled to ask the tenant to pay extra money towards their security bond. Known as a ‘bond top-up’, the amount of money requested...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jul 2022
10-year-old received an electric shock while trying to fix a 240-volt tower fan Serious burns to both hands required skin grafts and ongoing treatment Discuss electrical safety with children and do not use damaged appliances A Perth mother and daughter are encouraging families to talk about electrical hazards after the 10-year-old received an electric shock and serious hand burns from a broken...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Jul 2022
A sudden ceiling collapse can turn a comfortable home into a disaster zone in an instant, with the potential for serious injury and significant damage to property and possessions. Consumer Protection recently became aware of two tenants who had been given seven days to vacate their rental property following the collapse of their living room ceiling. As we step in to help the parties reach an...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jun 2022

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