The Western Australian Government are considering the fairness and transparency of the state’s Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act, which covers small shops operating in shopping centres or shops situated outside of shopping centres that primarily sell goods. Consumer Protection will embark on a consultation process canvasing retailers, industry groups and the public to identify issues and look at options for change. It seeks to consider whether the act should be expanded to certain small-business service providers operating outside of shopping centres, such as real estate offices, travel agencies, and watch and bike repairs shops.
A discussion paper has been released outlining some of the issues under consideration. Commercial landlords, tenants or any other interested stakeholders are invited to take part in the public consultation. Feedback can be supplied through an online survey.