Family Violence Bill passes Legislative Council

On 5 December 2018 after much joint action and advocacy across the community services sector, the reform to the Residential Tenancies Act (WA) 1987 to enable victims of domestic violence to terminate tenancies quickly and make safety modifications to their home was passed by the Legislative Council. 

The Bill will now go to the Legislative Assembly for concurrence when State Parliament resumes in 2019. 

Shelter WA, Tenancy WA, WACOSS and the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence joined forces to advocate for the swift passage of the Bill. 

This Bill will reduce homelessness by enabling victims of family and domestic violence to have greater control over their circumstances through more safe and secure housing options.

This Bill is supported by industry and the community services sector. It was developed through long and extensive consultation with landlords, the real estate industry and our sector. The Standing Committee on Legislation recently reviewed the Bill and were satisfied that the Bill reflects the policy intent for people experiencing family and domestic violence to quickly terminate their tenancy; and recommended the Bill be passed subject to minor amendments.

Congratulations to all parties involved in getting this important reform through the Upper House. We look forward to the Bill being re-considered by the Legislative Assembly in early 2019 and these reforms becoming a reality.

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