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At the time the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations were developed a national Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was developed by Safe Work Australia. An examination of that RIS showed that it did not contain sufficient Western Australian specific content to demonstrate that there were...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today (16/12/2015) provided information on the current status of the consultation process and development of the Work Health and safety (WHS) laws. “In August 2014, the State Government announced that it intended to craft the best version of the national...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia
As an alternative to post or email, holders of licences, registrations or certificates (including companies or partnerships, where applicable) can use the Department’s new online change of contact details system. To change contact information held by the Commissioner for Consumer Protection via the...
Occupations requiring licensing
Consumer Protection has a variety of prescribed (mandatory) and template forms. The links below are to help you find the form you need: Licences Motor vehicle industry licensing fees and forms (Motor vehicle dealers, salespersons, yard managers, car market operators, repairers and repair businesses...
Online resources
Identity fraud and scams are increasingly prevalent throughout the community, and the property industry is not immune to falling victim to such events. Bogus sellers Two highly publicised incidents in September 2010 and March/April 2011 resulted in properties being sold in Western Australia without...
Property scams, fraud, and identity checks
Consumer Protection media statements are available online. Ministerial media statements Media statements issued by the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Commerce, are available from the Government Media Office page .
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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 was seeking the views of the community and industry in regards to proposed reforms to the regulation of fees for settlement agents and land valuers. Status: Closed 31 July 2014 We urge all those interested in this area to read the consultation paper and put in a submission by...
Consultations and reports
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...
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Consumer protection regularly produces and updates publications about property industry laws and licensing. the below links will provide you with settlement agent specific information. Publications Auditing settlement agents CPD for settlement agents Consumer real estate publications Code of...
Settlement agents and conveyancers

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25 January 2016 Following consultation with industry in 2014, the Minister for Commerce has announced the scale of maximum fees for settlement agents will be removed. From Wednesday 3 February 2016,...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Mar 2016
25 January 2016 Following consultation with industry in 2014, the Minister for Commerce has announced the scale of maximum fees fixed for land valuers will be removed. From Wednesday 3 February 2016...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
27 Jan 2016
11 December 2015 A real estate agent has had his licence and triennial certificate cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and is banned from holding a licence for five years after...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 Dec 2015
7 October 2015 The Department of Commerce (the Department) would like to remind agents and property managers to check the qualifications and licence status, if applicable, of tradespeople that they...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
14 Oct 2015
2 October The Department of Commerce (the Department) would like to remind settlement agents about the legislation requirements in relation to rewards for referrals. Section 44(7) of the Settlement...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Oct 2015
2 October The Department of Commerce (the Department) would like to remind agents and sales representatives about the legislation requirements in relation to rewards for referrals. Section 44(7) of...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Oct 2015
17 August 2015 Settlement agents are required to have their trust accounts for the year 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015, or part thereof, audited by an auditor approved by the Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 Sep 2015
31 August 2015 Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989 (the RT Regulations) have been gazetted in the Government Gazette of 21 August 2015 . The changes come into effect on various...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Sep 2015
Agents should advise the Commissioner for Consumer Protection as soon as practicable, or within five working days, when a trust account is: opened , or closed or amended . Examples of Trust Account...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
01 Sep 2015
7 August 2015 The Department of Commerce (the Department) would like to advise settlement agents of an increase in the information contained within the Property Interest Report (PIR) issued by...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
11 Aug 2015

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Consumer Protection has taken action against a training provider offering courses in high risk work who has failed to provide the services which include submitting a licence application for workers who have completed the training. A & J Training and Assessing Pty Ltd, of Mandurah, and its sole Director Andre Edward Bucci , have entered into an enforceable undertaking requiring him to provide...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Oct 2015
Consumer Protection and WorkSafe would like to remind the community and travel industry about the importance of having an alert driver on express coach or bus services going from Western Australia to Victoria for the AFL Grand Final. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe said footy fans from Perth, heading across the Nullarbor, should seek assurances from coach or bus charter...
Consumer Protection
Alert
29 Sep 2015
A Kinross man who was the subject of a joint public warning by the Building Commission, Energy Safety and Consumer Protection in August has registered a new business name, prompting a renewed call for consumers to be vigilant when engaging anyone to carry out plumbing or gasfitting services. Last month’s warning stated that Hajir Mobin , trading as Danny’s Plumbing and Gas Services , may be...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Sep 2015
An unlicensed car dealer was fined $3,000 and ordered to pay costs of $3,400 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court on 10 July 2015. Robert Mark Thompson of Carramar had purchased 18 vehicles and sold 15 from October 2012 to April 2014 without having a licence as required by the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Mr Thompson was found guilty after Magistrate Gluestein rejected the defence argument that his...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Jul 2015
A Landsdale motor vehicle repairer has been fined $10,000 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for operating his business after his licence had expired. Serugga Timothy Bukenya , trading as T.I.M Automotive Services , was also required to pay costs of $4,783 after being convicted on 19 June 2015 of breaching the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act. Mr Bukenya, who was originally granted a licence in 2010,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jun 2015
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard If you’re applying for a loan online the last thing you need is to lose money in the process but unfortunately that’s what has been happening to a number of people here in the West and over East. In the last few weeks consumers have contacted WA ScamNet at Consumer Protection after being defrauded by scammers posing as Mercury Money – a...
Consumer Protection
Department News
19 Jun 2015
A Wanneroo real estate agency and its licensee have been reprimanded and fined a total of $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over errors in accounting for the agency’s trust account. Urban WA Real Estate Pty Ltd and licence holder Robyn Angela Horsman were fined $1,500 each on 10 April 2015 and were ordered to pay total costs of $750. Consumer Protection took disciplinary action...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 May 2015
A car yard has been fined $1,000 by the Bunbury Magistrates Court for selling a used vehicle while it was still under a repair order issued by Consumer Protection. Kavannaqc Pty Ltd , trading as Bunbury Car Warehouse , was also required to pay costs of $1,282 after pleading guilty on 23 April 2015 to breaching the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. In March 2014, compliance officers from Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Apr 2015
The Perth Magistrates Court has given Westpoint Realty Pty Ltd (in liquidation) a $30,000 fine, its Director Norman Phillip Carey a $6,000 fine and ordered him to pay costs of $97,449 for making false or misleading representations to consumers. While handing down his decision on 12 March 2015, Magistrate Malone denied Mr Carey’s application for a spent conviction. Mr Carey was found guilty on 11...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Mar 2015
A Victoria Park real estate agent has been fined $3,500 and disqualified from holding a licence and triennial certificate for 18 months by the State Administrative Tribunal (on 11 March 2015) after making illegal withdrawals from the agency’s trust account. Tracey Leanne Wilson , a former Director and employee of a Victoria Park real estate agency, faced disciplinary action by Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2015

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