New Copper Legislation

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Police Holding Copper Water Meters

On 1 December 2020, new laws came into force that require the licensing of any person who is involved in transactions of copper and copper alloy (including brass and bronze). The State Government moved to regulate copper, similar to other metals like gold and silver, to tackle the growing problem of copper theft in Western Australia.

The problem has escalated in recent times, with thieves stripping copper wiring from homes and industrial sites, even targeting memorial plaques and sculptures to make a quick dollar.

Read the Minister of Police's media release. 

Read more about the laws for pawnbrokers and second-hand dealers.

Copper water meters

Police holding copper