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To increase the rent for those tenants on a periodic agreement with on-site homes: 60 days notice in writing is required; there must be no increase in the first six months (unless a written notice of a set review date schedule was included with their agreement); and there must be a gap of at least...
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Pre-paid funerals code of practice Consumer Protection is seeking community feedback about what should be included in a mandatory code of conduct for sellers and brokers of pre-paid funerals. Status: CLOSED, Wednesday 11 July 2018 Pre-paid funerals are not covered by specific legislation in WA...
Consultations and reports
The media team is the first point of contact for journalists and other members of the media wanting information about Consumer Protection and its activities. The media team: prepares media releases and speeches arranges media interviews organises launches promoting our products and objectives...
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The Parliamentary Counsel's Office publishes all Western Australian legislation. You can seach and download Acts and Regulations in PDF or Word format. You can download a document with a list of Acts by administering portfolios .
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Consumer Protection can provide information on a variety of topics including tenancy, consumer rights, fair trading, buying and selling property, scams, licences and registrations and running a not-for-profit organisation. See the What Consumer Protection does page for more information. Need to...
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Status: Closed 15 July 2013 Updated: 1 April 2016 The Consultation included a wide ranging and comprehensive review of retirement village legislation over the past few years that heavily involved both residents and industry representatives. The aim of the reforms is to provide greater protection to...
Consultations and reports
Centrelink and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs offer another way to release equity in your home through the Pension Loans Scheme. The scheme allows pensioners on a part pension and some people not eligible for a pension to increase their fortnightly income by applying for a loan. The loan is...
Accessing equity
Reverse mortgages allow you to use the equity in your home to obtain money by way of a loan. Interest is charged as fixed or variable and there are fees and charges, just like any other loan, except you don't have to make repayments while you live in your home. No repayments are necessary until you...
Accessing equity
In planning housing and lifestyle options, some people consider re-financing options that allow them to access equity built up in their existing home. Equity is the difference between the value of your home and any amount you still owe on it. The accessing equity fact sheet is available in the...
Accessing equity
Before you make any major decision about your housing options, please research your options thoroughly. It is a good idea to review the laws relating to your accommodation choice and to get independent advice. Resources Acts and regulations Copies of the Acts listed in this guide can be found at...
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Romance fraudsters often pretend to be engineers or military men but one of the latest scams foiled by Consumer Protection and WA Police Major Fraud Squad’s Project Sunbird involves a fake interior designer ‘Allan McCarty’ and a Perth woman has lost $300,000. The victim is not prepared to speak to the media but her case sparked an investigation leading to the discovery of several other Australian...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Nov 2015
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner Gary Newcombe... You may have seen or heard adverts about ways to pay for your funeral in advance to take the pressure off your family when the time comes. A funeral could cost thousands of dollars depending on the kind of service you want, which means planning ahead is a good idea. However, paying for funeral cover can be expensive and complex. One of...
Consumer Protection
Department News
16 Oct 2015
WorkSafe and Consumer Protection have issued a joint warning about a conman who is masquerading as a licensed asbestos removal expert, leaving consumers dangerously exposed to asbestos as well as out of pocket. David Leslie Patrick Back , also known as Davic and trading as Southside Asbestos Removals or Southside Asbestos and Demolition (both unregistered) , has accepted payment for work either...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Aug 2015
Consumer Protection today launched a campaign to help prevent Indigenous consumers from signing up for funeral plans that can be expensive, complex and not suitable for their needs. The “Avoid a funeral R.I.P-off” national campaign provides helpful advice for Indigenous Australians about their rights under the Australian Consumer Law, before buying a funeral plan or funeral cover. Commissioner...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jul 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians not to deal with Gerardus (Gerry) Hermanus Jorissen who has sent at least $200,000 of other people’s money to overseas criminals under the guise of an investment scheme. Mr Jorissen who lives in Moora, came to the attention of authorities in 2013 as a possible fraud victim identified by Project Sunbird – an anti-fraud initiative run...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jun 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians, particularly those in remote and regional communities, about door-knockers offering ‘free’ laptops to people who sign up for courses. Acting Commissioner David Hillyard says varying reports are being looked into and there’s a common theme that consumers are on a low-income and thought they were dealing with someone working for, or associated...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2015
An 80-year-old from WA’s South West has lost more than $15,000 in a phone scam where the caller pretended to be from Centrelink and claimed the man’s pension payments would be stopped unless he paid money supposedly owed to a telecommunications company. Fred, who doesn’t want to use his surname, was contacted about eight weeks ago and advised that he owed thousands of dollars to Sure Telecom and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 May 2015
The suspicious minds of officers from Consumer Protection and Australia Post have saved about 200 West Australians from ‘heartbreak hotel’ as part of a new initiative targeting overseas fraudsters. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said in the past two months, 600 letters containing payments totalling almost $19,000 were stopped from being sent to overseas criminals and returned to victims. Mr...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Apr 2015
Amendments to laws governing retirement villages will ensure residents have clearer information about the fees they are required to pay and will make operators more accountable for the services they provide. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the changes would be phased in over the next 16 months. “Under the amendments, retirement village contracts must include specific information about the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Mar 2015
Consumer Protection has issued an alert after many West Australians desperate to get a loan have been duped by online loan scams. In the past 12 months, 13 people have reported losses of more than $25,000 after applying for loans online and then being contacted by scammers. They are told their loan has been approved and asked to pay fees upfront in the belief that they would then receive their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Nov 2014

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