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Project 81 - Review of the Pawnbrokers Act 1860-1984

Project No. 81

Commenced: 1984
Completed: 1985

The reference arose as a result of a complaint of an abuse of pawnbroking practice which the Pawnbrokers Amendment Act 1984 (WA) was designed to correct. The Government announced that a review of the Act would be undertaken as a matter of priority. Accordingly in September 1984 the Attorney General asked the Commission to undertake the task.

Terms of Reference

In 1984 the Commission was asked to review the Pawnbrokers Act 1860–1984 (WA) having regard to the requirements of associated legislation.


The Pawnbrokers Act 1860-1984 (WA) was replaced by the Pawnbrokers and Secondhand Dealers Act 1994 (WA) which substantially implemented the recommendations contained in the Commission’s report.

Last updated: 31-Jan-2017

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