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Safe tenancy: Family violence provisions

Family violence is a prevalent and devastating issue affecting the Western Australian community. WA’s laws are changing to provide better support to tenants who are at risk of, or experiencing family and domestic violence.

The changes to the Residential Tenancies Act that come into effect in April 2019 provide more options and flexibility for tenants through a range of practical measures.

Consumer Protection WA is implementing these changes. Information and resources for tenants and landlords is available at www.safetenancy.wa.gov.au.

The Department of Communities (Communities) has an important role to play in supporting Safe Tenancy as WA’s lead agency for family and domestic violence and a housing provider for government employees, public housing tenants and Aboriginal people in remote communities.

To find more information and resources please click on the option that best describes your circumstances:

More information is available from:

  • www.safetenancy.wa.gov.au for the latest information from Consumer Protection on this project including information for tenants in private rentals and training resources for workers in refuges or women’s health centres.
  • www.dcp.wa.gov.au for information on Communities’ family and domestic violence prevention initiatives, help and advice, and operational resources for professionals and workers.
  • www.communities.wa.gov.au/projects/safe-tenancy​ for any updates from Communities on this project.

If you are experiencing family and domestic violence please visit the Child Protection and Family support website for information about support services. In an emergency call 000.

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