WA property code of conduct under review

Steven Cross

Real estate professionals are among those being urged to review new code of conduct updates for the property sector in WA.

The codes of conduct for property industries in WA are undergoing a review, with Consumer Protection calling for community input.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the department has released a discussion paper with the aim of stimulating debate over the current rules, which regulate real estate, settlement and land valuation industries.

“As part of the review, Consumer Protection is keen to ensure that the codes continue to promote and encourage fair trading practices, as well as a competitive and fair market within the property industries in WA,” Ms Driscoll said.

“We also want to ensure that the codes of conduct adequately protect the interests of consumers and are consistent with, but don’t duplicate, the Australian Consumer Law.

“The codes of conduct should provide industry participants with clear guidance on what constitutes acceptable behaviour and the requirements they must satisfy. The codes should also give regulators the necessary tools to hold licensees to account for their actions through disciplinary processes.

“We want to hear people’s opinions as to whether the codes are appropriate to the requirements of consumer protection, whether they need to be changed or updated and if they remain a necessary foundation for industry practices.

“I would urge individuals, businesses and professional organisations that have an interest in the property industries codes of conduct review to make a submission and let their voice be heard.”

The discussion paper and copies of current codes of conduct can be downloaded here.

Submissions close on 28 June 2013.

Steven Cross

Real estate professionals are among those being urged to review new code of conduct updates for the property sector in WA.

The codes of conduct for property industries in WA are undergoing a review, with Consumer Protection calling for community input.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the department has released a discussion paper with the aim of stimulating debate over the current rules, which regulate real estate, settlement and land valuation industries.

“As part of the review, Consumer Protection is keen to ensure that the codes continue to promote and encourage fair trading practices, as well as a competitive and fair market within the property industries in WA,” Ms Driscoll said.

“We also want to ensure that the codes of conduct adequately protect the interests of consumers and are consistent with, but don’t duplicate, the Australian Consumer Law.

“The codes of conduct should provide industry participants with clear guidance on what constitutes acceptable behaviour and the requirements they must satisfy. The codes should also give regulators the necessary tools to hold licensees to account for their actions through disciplinary processes.

“We want to hear people’s opinions as to whether the codes are appropriate to the requirements of consumer protection, whether they need to be changed or updated and if they remain a necessary foundation for industry practices.

“I would urge individuals, businesses and professional organisations that have an interest in the property industries codes of conduct review to make a submission and let their voice be heard.”

The discussion paper and copies of current codes of conduct can be downloaded here.

Submissions close on 28 June 2013.

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