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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.

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At the end of 2014, two separate acts, the Motor Dealers Act 1974 and the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 1980 were repealed and replaced by the Motor Dealers and Repairers Act 2013 and the Motor Dealers and Repairers Regulation 2014.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 are being proposed. Fair Trading seeks comments from stakeholders and the public about the proposed changes.

Comments close 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The Associations Incorporation Regulation 2010 will be automatically repealed on 1 September 2016.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.

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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The Funeral Funds Regulation 2011 is set to be repealed on 1 September 2016.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.

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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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