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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
Owning and managing strata titled property in Western Australia Strata title is an increasingly popular form of ownership and currently accounts for over one-third of all forms of titles registered in Western Australia. Some strata owners self-manage their property while others employ the services...
Buying a property
RCDs Lessors must have two RCDs installed on the switchboard at their rental premises before it can be leased. Energy Safety has more detailed information about RCDs. Smoke Alarms In the case of a fire, toxic smoke, rather than heat and flames, is the most immediate threat to life. As many fires...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
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 .
About us
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
The Property Industry Advisory Committee (PIAC) provides advice to the Minister and Commissioner for Consumer Protection on the regulation of licensed property occupations in Western Australia. In addition, the Committee also advises the Minister and Commissioner on the provision of education,...
Committees and boards
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...
About us
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
Fees and forms You will find the relevant fees and forms in each licensing area: Property industries Motor vehicle industries Employment agents Debt collectors Mutual recognition Payment of fees You can pay for your licence at our Department's Cannington office or any of our regional offices...
Occupations requiring licensing

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Publications

Consumer Protection WA, in conjunction with the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre, is hosting a networking session and delivering a presentation outlining upcoming FDV related tenancy law...
Consumer Protection
Alert
03 Sep 2018
SETTLEMENT AND BUSINESS AGENTS Part IV Settlement Agents Act 1981 REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF AUDITOR APPOINTMENT - Settlement agents
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
29 Aug 2018
Notification of closed/amended trust account SETTLEMENT AND BUSINESS AGENTS Part IV Settlement Agents Act 1981 Agents should advise the Commissioner for Consumer Protection as soon as practicable or...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
31 Aug 2018
Notification of opening a trust account - Settlement agents SETTLEMENT AND BUSINESS AGENTS Part IV Settlement Agents Act 1981 Agents should advise the Commissioner for Consumer Protection as soon as...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
31 Aug 2018
Example of a covering letter for an audit report Your Ref: Our Ref: Enquiries: Date: The Commissioner, Consumer Protection Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Locked Bag 14 Cloisters...
Consumer Protection
Information
29 Aug 2018
Settlement Agents Act 1981 50. Receipts and accounting to principal When a settlement agent receives money for or on behalf of any other person, the agent shall unless the money is received by...
Consumer Protection
Information
29 Aug 2018
Statutory declaration. Settlment Agents Act 1981 Section 67 Declaration of no receipt of trust funds
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
29 Aug 2018
27 August A Broome real estate agent has been fined by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to properly supervise an employee who had made an unauthorised withdrawal from the agency’s trust...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
27 Aug 2018
August 2018 Welcome to the inaugural Consumer Protection WA residential parks bulletin, we are glad to have you on board. The new bulletin makes it easier for you to stay on top of your professional...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Aug 2018
August 2018 Changes have been applied by the Federal Government from 1 July 2018, regarding the liability for the goods and services tax (GST). Purchasers of new residential premises and new...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Aug 2018

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Announcements

A landlady who entered a rental property illegally to conduct renovations and change the locks while the elderly tenant was in hospital has been convicted and ordered to pay $11,907 in fines and costs by the Fremantle Magistrates Court. Marlene Ruzica Pavlovich of Munster, who is a former real estate sales representative, was found guilty on 30 June 2017 of contravening 2 offences under the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jul 2017
A real estate sales representative has been reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and must pay a $1,000 fine and $500 in costs for breaching a special condition on his certificate of registration. Mark Bruce Hourn of Exmouth has failed to complete the necessary Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) obligations for three consecutive years 2013-2015, in breach of the Real...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jul 2017
A property manager who stole tenants’ money has been banned for nine months, fined $3,000 and reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Brendan Geoffrey Dabinett of Morley was also ordered by the SAT to pay costs of $1,200. He admitted to breaching the Residential Tenancies Act, the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales Representatives by:...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Jun 2017
The Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2017 (the Map) that comes into effect on Thursday 1 June 2017, is now available from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website. This edition of the Map will show both ‘new’ bush fire prone areas and those ‘continuing’ from earlier editions of the Map. All bush fire prone areas will be coloured pink on the Map, with ‘new’ bush fire prone areas...
Building Commission
Department News
02 Jun 2017
A Perth real estate agency’s computer system has been hacked by scammers, resulting in bogus advertisements being posted on numerous rental accommodation websites. Actions are being taken to have the fake ads removed and to have an email address being used by the scammers ( rentscall@gmail.com ) closed down. The scammers gained access to the western suburbs’ agency’s log in details for sites such...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 May 2017
A real estate agent who forged signatures and prepared bogus listing and sales contracts has had his licence cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and has been banned from working in the industry in WA for 15 years. Joseph Weng Kong Cheong and his company Easy Invest Pty Ltd , formerly based in Rivervale, were reprimanded and their licences cancelled as a result of disciplinary...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2017
Astute property buyers in Mandurah have thwarted an attempt by scammers to steal more than $200,000 from the settlement of a local property. The buyers, a father and son, received an email purporting to be from their settlement agent asking them to deposit the funds into a bank account in order to finalise the settlement of a house purchase. They noticed that the email address was slightly...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Mar 2017
A Victoria Park property manager who misled her client regarding a licensing arrangement has been reprimanded and fined $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal and had her registration as a real estate sales representative suspended for six months. Samantha Peploe was working for a licensed real estate agency as a property manager and was responsible for managing two properties in Teddington...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Mar 2017
A former York real estate salesman has been banned for 15 years from applying for registration after being found guilty of serious misconduct over the sale of five properties which netted a profit of $5.4 million. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) found Paul Anthony King committed 13 breaches of the Code of Conduct while working as a sales representative for his father’s real estate agency...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Mar 2017
Nedlands man Rohan Keane O’Neill, trading as O’Neill’s Maintenance, has again been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner, this time relating to an incomplete kitchen and bathroom renovation in Como.
Building Commission
Media release
14 Mar 2017

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