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Project 7 - Disposal of uncollected goods

Project No. 7

Commenced: 1968
Completed: 1970

The reference arose as a result of calls for reform from various interested groups and associations. The Automobile Chamber of Commerce drew attention to the difficulties facing motor traders when vehicles left for repair were not collected. The Law Society of Western Australia brought attention to similar difficulties confronting keepers of boarding houses when furniture and other goods were left on premises following the decampment of a lodger. The media had also focused attention on similar problems faced by parties from shoe repairers to landlords. 

Terms of Reference

In 1968 the Committee was asked to consider the need for legislation to permit bailees to dispose of abandoned or uncollected goods.


In 1970 Parliament passed the Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 (WA) which was almost identical in language, purpose and process to the draft Bill produced by the Committee. The Act implemented all of the Committee’s recommendations.

Last updated: 31-Jan-2017

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