Travel agents do not need a licence to operate in Western Australia.
Travel and the Australian Consumer Law (ACL)
Under the ACL, travel agents must provide accurate information to consumers and must also guarantee services are provided with due care and skill and are fit for their purpose.
Agents are strongly encouraged to seek independent legal advice about their obligations under the ACL and other laws of general application.
A series of guides has been prepared on the various rights and remedies in the ACL, which agents may find useful. These are available at Travel and accommodation: An industry guide to the Australian Consumer Law
Successful prosecution action under the ACL can result in significant penalties, for example fines of up to $1.1 million for a company and $220,000 for an individual.
Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA)
AFTA has developed a voluntary industry-led accreditation scheme. The scheme is referred to as the Australian Federation of Travel Agents Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS). ATAS consists of a Charter and Code of Conduct, and includes complaint handling processes and set standards of good industry practice.
ATAS has also established an ATAS Code Compliance Monitoring Committee which deals complaints about participants and recommends sanctions such as suspension or revocation of ATAS membership.
Consumers are still able to lodge complaints about travel agents with the Department of Commerce.
Optional insolvency insurance products are available to ATAS members.
For further information about ATAS visit the ATAS website.
Consumer Protection's Licensing Advice Line 1300 30 40 64
Travel and the ACL
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