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You will need to contact Consumer Protection if you wish to make changes to your licence details. Transfer a licence An employment agent’s licence can only be transferred: From one person to another when the individual holds the licence on behalf of a firm or body corporate; or Between two bodies...
Transfer, change or suspend licence
All individuals, partnerships or bodies corporate (companies and other incorporated bodies) that carry on business as employment agents must be licensed under the Employment Agents Act 1976 (the Act). This includes traditional employment agencies and employment brokers, as well as booking agencies...
Becoming an agent
Fees listed below are scheduled as at 1 July 2017. Fees are subject to change on 1 July of each year . Applications received on or after 1 July will be subject to the new fee. Remember you can use our online system to change your contact details . Motor vehicle dealers Fees and forms for dealers,...
Motor vehicle licence fees and forms
Definitions The following are definitions from the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003 and the Motor Vehicle Repairers Regulations 2007 and the Motor Vehicle Repairers Amendment Regulations 2008. Accessory When used in connection with a motor vehicle, includes an accessory originally fitted to the...
Motor vehicle repairers
When you apply for a motor vehicle dealers licence you will need to specify the category of licence you are applying for. Dealer licence categories Dealers can be issued a licensed endorsed with one or more of the following categories: Category of licence Description of business A Vehicle sales...
Vehicle sellers
Refunds of licence fees will be considered with reference to the particular circumstances, and the requirements of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978 (“the REBA Act”) and associated Regulations. The Commissioner may in “special circumstances” refund the whole or part of any fee paid for a...
Real estate agents and sales representatives
Consumer protection regularly produces and updates publications about real estate laws and licensing. The below links will provide you with real estate specific information. Publications Auditors of real estate agents CPD for real estate agents Consumer real estate publications Property developers...
Real estate agents and sales representatives
Participants operating outside of the Western Australia, or in its remote and regional areas, will be given adequate opportunities to obtain their CPD points. A remote participant is any participant whose principal place of business falls outside a 100 km radius of Perth or Busselton. To assist...
Settlement agents and conveyancers
Each year, participants must obtain six CPD points by completeing selected activities. Consumer Protection reviews the needs of the industry annually and prescribes the core and elective CPD subjects for the coming year. Only Consumer Protection approved activities can attract CPD points. Training...
Settlement agents and conveyancers
Consignment trust accounts Before taking any vehicle under a consignment agreement, the dealer must be permitted to do so in accordance with their licence and have opened a 'Consignment Trust Account' in which to deposit the funds. Licence Dealers must obtain the Commissioner’s approval to remove...
Auditing motor vehicle dealers

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Publications

The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division has released a Discussion Paper on recommendations to amend the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (the WHS regulations) for the Western...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Jun 2016
22 February 2016 The majority of real estate complaints lodged with the department involve residential tenancy or property management matters. Often these matters should not have occurred in the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Mar 2016
4 February 2016 The Department of Commerce wishes to notify agents and property managers of some recent changes by the Magistrates Court and Australia Post in relation to their services. Increase in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Feb 2016
29 January 2016 As outlined in e-bulletin issue 53 , the regulation of fees will cease as of 3 February 2016. Settlement agents are able to determine the fee structure to charge their client for...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Jan 2016
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

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Announcements

A Padbury motor vehicle repairer who failed to disclose his criminal convictions has been reprimanded and banned from working in the industry in WA by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Ean Jacob Rozario was deemed to be unfit to be the holder of a motor vehicle repairer’s certificate for failing to comply with a condition of his licence which required him to submit a National Police...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jun 2017
Catastrophic failure to manage a trust account and trading without a licence for three months has resulted in a WA real estate agent being fined $8,000 plus $832 in costs. Amanda Jones, formerly trading as Ray White Manjimup Districts, has pleaded guilty to nine charges, under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. There were: seven charges of failing to correctly balance her trust account each...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Mar 2017
Online licensing to save time and money for businesses and tradespeople. Electronic lodgement of notices will reduce overheads for industry.
Building Commission
Department News
12 Oct 2016
Licensing and registration for more than 40 occupations in Western Australia is beginning to move online, providing a productivity boost to businesses and tradespeople and millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers over the next few years. Licence applications for electricians, gas fitters, plumbers, builders, real estate agents, motor vehicle dealers and repairers is currently a time consuming...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Oct 2016
A registered real estate sales representative has been fined a total of $8,000 and given a criminal conviction by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for managing a property without an agent’s licence as well as for breaching tenancy laws. Ebony Te Whakaaronga Cheetham of Clarkson was convicted in her absence on 22 April 2016 and also ordered to pay costs of $700. In December 2013 Ms Cheetham offered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Apr 2016
On 23 November the State Administrative Tribunal found that Centex Australasia Pty Ltd and Mr Rick Bantleman had breached section 7(1) of the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales Representatives 2011 (WA) by not acting fairly and honestly. On 21 April 2017, the Court of Appeal overturned this decision and dismissed the case against Mr Bantleman and Centex Australasia Pty Ltd. Media contact (...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Apr 2017
A real estate agent has had his licence suspended for a year and has been fined $10,000 after being reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for mismanaging the agency’s trust accounts. This penalty took into account the eighteen months in which he did not perform the duties of a licensed agent immediately prior to the SAT decision. Steven Charles Webster , who was sole Director of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Dec 2015
The State Government has announced reforms for building in bushfire-prone areas of Western Australia. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has prepared a map which identifies the bushfire-prone areas across the State. A bushfire hazard assessment will be required for new homes in areas identified as bushfire-prone on the map. The assessment will determine the level of construction...
Building Commission
Department News
07 Dec 2015
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe... Consumer Protection is seeking feedback on various options for changes to the laws regulating the buying, selling and repair of motor vehicles in Western Australia. These laws impact consumers who buy motor vehicles (including cars, caravans, camper vans and motor cycles) from dealers, as well as consumers who have any of these...
Consumer Protection
Department News
19 Nov 2015
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

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