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NSW Fair Trading welcomes comments on a range of issues from new or amended legislation to issues that affect the consumers and traders of NSW.

The list below shows the topics or issues that are in progress. Each item will indicate whether the issue is currently open for comment or not.

More information on each issue can be found by following the links provided.

 

Inquiry into NSW retirement villages

The NSW Government has commissioned Kathryn Greiner AO to lead an Inquiry into the NSW retirement village sector. The Inquiry will look at concerns raised about the fairness and transparency of business practices of retirement villages in NSW.

Residents, members of the community and operators are invited to provide feedback on issues in the retirement village sector. The issues to be inquired into are set out in the Terms of Reference.

Submissions close on 31 October 2017.

More information on the Retirement Village Inquiry

 Open
 

Short-term holiday letting in NSW

The NSW Government has released an Options Paper on short-term holiday letting in NSW (the Options Paper).

Community and industry feedback on options is sought to help identify appropriate ways for the Government to respond to short term holiday letting.

Comments close on 31 October 2017.

More information on Short-term holiday letting in NSW

 Open
 

Remake of the Retirement Villages Regulation 2017

The Retirement Villages Regulation 2009 will be automatically repealed on 1 September 2017. A draft Retirement Villages Regulation 2017 has been prepared to replace the 2009 Regulation. The draft Regulation and a Regulatory Impact Statement were released for public consultation.

Comments closed on 20 July 2017. 

More information on the proposed Retirement Villages Regulation 2017

Closed
 

Proposed Motor Dealers and Repairers Amendment (Takata Airbag Recall) Regulation 2017

An amendment to the Motor Dealers and Repairers Regulation is proposed to assist in the accelerated replacement of defective Takata airbags. The main objective of the amendment is to change the qualifications required for repair workers removing and replacing Takata airbags. The amendment provides appropriate safeguards to ensure a satisfactory standard of repair work.

The draft regulation has been released for public consultation and comments are to be submitted by 19 July 2017.

More information on the Proposed Motor Dealers and Repairers Amendment (Takata Airbag Recall) Regulation 2017

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Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2017

The Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2017 commenced 1 September 2017. The 2017 Regulation was prepared to replace the 2012 Regulation, which was automatically repealed on 1 September 2017. The Regulation and a Regulatory Impact Statement were released for public consultation. Comments closed on Friday, 7 July 2017.

More information on the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2017

 Closed
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Improving fire safety in NSW


The NSW Government is seeking to improve fire safety in new and existing buildings and is asking for your feedback on changes to relevant legislation and certification.


Public consultation closed on 31 January 2017.


See more information on proposed reforms to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

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Free Range Egg Labelling Information Standard

The Commonwealth Treasury has released an Exposure Draft Australian Consumer Law (Free Range Egg Labelling) Information Standard 2017 and an Explanatory Statement for public consultation. Feedback is now welcome from all interested stakeholders on the compliance and technical aspects of the information standard and the accompanying explanatory statement.

Submissions closed on 9 December 2016.

The Free Range Egg Labelling Information Standard is available from the Fair Trading website or alternatively on the Consultations and Submissions page on the Australian Treasury website to make your submission.

 Closed
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Consolidated gas and electricity consumer safety laws

The NSW Government is consolidating and restructuring the gas and electricity consumer safety laws into a single Act. The consolidation will provide a more streamlined and consistent approach to regulation of the consumer safety aspects of gas and electricity. A public consultation draft Bill has been released for comment.

Consultation closed on 16 December 2016

Read more about the reform of gas and electricity consumer safety.

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Real Estate and Property Reforms

The NSW Government released a Real Estate and Property Services Industry Reform Paper. The Paper outlined a range of reforms to the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act 2002 that aim to improve skills, raise professional and educational standards in the industry, and to deliver better consumer outcomes.

Comments closed on 5 December 2016.

More information on the Real Estate and Property Services Industry Reform Paper

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Proposed Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Amendment (Trust Account Holders) Regulation 2016

The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Regulation 2008 (the Regulation) provides administrative details to support the operation of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999.

To further improve the operation and administration of the Regulation, minor changes are proposed. Fair Trading seeks comments from stakeholders and the public about the proposed changes.

Comments closed on 18 November 2016.

More information on the proposed Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Amendments (Trust Account Holders)

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Proposed Motor Dealers and Repairers Amendment (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2016

At the end of 2014, two separate acts, the Motor Dealers Act 1974 and the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 1980 were repealed and replaced by the Motor Dealers and Repairers Act 2013 and the Motor Dealers and Repairers Regulation 2014.

To improve the operation of the new Act and accompanying Regulation, a number of changes were proposed. Fair Trading sought comments from stakeholders and the public about the proposed changes.

Comments closed on 31 August 2016.

More information on the proposed Motor Dealers and Repairers Amendment (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2016.

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Remake of the Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016

The Associations Incorporation Regulation 2010 will be automatically repealed on 1 September 2016. A draft Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016 has been prepared to replace the 2010 Regulation and to support amendments to the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 which will come into effect on 1 September 2016. The draft 2016 Regulation and a Regulatory Impact Statement were released for consultation. 

Comments closed on Friday 29 July 2016.

More information on the remake of the Associations Incorporation Regulation.

 Closed

Funeral Funds Regulation 2016

The Funeral Funds Regulation 2011 is set to be repealed on 1 September 2016. The proposed Funeral Funds Regulation 2016 has been released for public comment.

Comments closed on 1 July 2016.

More information on the proposed funeral funds regulation.

Closed

Biofuels Regulation 2016

The exposure draft for the Biofuels Regulation 2016, under the Biofuels Act 2007, and the Regulatory Impact Statement, has been released for public comment. 

Comments closed on 28 June 2016.

More information on the proposed biofuels regulation.

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Property, Stock and Business Agents Amendment (Property Reports and Exemption) Regulation 2016

To assist property owners, agents and purchasers when selling and buying property, the NSW Government is working to further improve the regulation of the NSW property industry. 

The proposed changes aim to improve prospective buyers' access to pre-purchase property reports. Further amendments include:

  • reinstating a former clause in Agency Agreements for the sale of residential property
  • deregulating commercial property agency work.   

A draft Regulation was released in May 2016. Comments closed on 15 June 2016.

More information on the proposed property regulation amendments.

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Strata Regulations 2016

Draft strata regulations were released for public comment. The regulations provide the necessary detail to support the major reforms to strata law that were passed in 2015 and which are yet to commence. 

Comments closed on 27 May 2016.

More information on the proposed Strata Regulations 2016.

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Loose–fill Asbestos Insulation Amendment Regulations 2016

A number of regulatory amendments have been prepared to enable the establishment of the public register of residential properties known to contain loose-fill asbestos insulation and to disclose loose-fill asbestos insulation public register information to prospective tenants and home buyers. The proposed regulatory amendments were released for consultation.

Comments closed on 15 April 2016.

More information on the proposed Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Amendment Regulations 2016.

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Reform of the Home Building Compensation Fund

The NSW Government is considering reforms to its statutory insurance scheme for residential building work: the Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF). We have released a Discussion Paper, which outlines a range of potential reform options to ensure the HBCF is financially sustainable and continues to protect consumers.

Consultation closed on 12 February 2016.

Read more about reform of the HBCF.

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Review of security of payment laws

The NSW Government is carrying out a comprehensive reform of the building and construction industry security of payment laws. 

Fair Trading released a Discussion Paper to guide discussion about whether the current laws are working as they should and outline potential options for improving them.

Consultation closed on 26 February 2016.

More information on the review of security of payment laws.

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Review of tenancy laws

On 23 June 2016 the NSW Government tabled a report outlining the findings and recommendations of the statutory review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (the Act).

The report makes 27 recommendations to modernise and improve the operation of the Act, including strengthening protections for victims of domestic violence.

Legislative amendments to implement the recommendations of the report will be prepared in 2017.

More information on the review of residential tenancy laws.

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Review of property industry training standards

An independent panel is reviewing the existing training standards within the property services industry. 

The review panel released a consultation paper inviting written comments on the issues raised in the paper including: entry level standards for the licensed property services industry; ongoing training requirements for the licensed property services industry; the provision of initial and ongoing training; and assessment of initial and ongoing competency.

Consultation closed on 15 January 2016

More information on the review of property industry training standards.

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