On 1 September 2022, new class action laws were passed in Western Australia (WA). The Act will come into operation on a day to be fixed by proclamation.

The Civil Procedure (Representative Proceedings) Bill 2021 (WA) introduces a legislative representative proceedings regime in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, which is substantially modelled on Part IVA of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth). Based on the experiences of the other states, it is likely WA will see a rise in class actions – particularly those arising in industries that dominate WA’s resource-driven economy.

In this update, William Robinson, Luke Vincent and Corey DiBello look at the new regime and the implications for insurers.

Read the update in full below.