- Funding to provide family violence rental law education for tenant advocates
- Changes to better protect victims of FDV expected to commence November 2018
The McGowan Government will award Tenancy WA $50,000 today to train community workers ahead of its tenancy law changes.
The Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018, which passed the Lower House last month, will support tenants who are victims of family and domestic violence in Western Australia.
Tenancy WA, in conjunction with the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services, will use the funding to educate tenant advocates, community lawyers and refuge workers about the upcoming changes.
Under the new laws, victims of family and domestic violence will be able to exit a tenancy within seven days or remove a perpetrator from their lease by applying to the courts.
The education program will deliver workshops, develop a resource kit for workers and a train-the-trainer scheme to ensure training reaches regional and remote WA.
For more information, visit http://www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/familyviolence
Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:
"It's vital community workers know about the new laws so they can help tenants escape abusive relationships.
"The McGowan Government is committed to addressing family and domestic violence, and the law reform is unashamedly victim-focused.
"Tenant advocates make a huge difference and can help prevent homelessness for their clients.
"Tenancy WA and the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services are best placed to communicate with, and train, this sector and I'm very pleased to give the $50,000 grant to them today."
Minister's office - 6552 6700