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A new voice for our real estate sector

Published: 24 March 2021
Released by: Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation

The NSW Government has established a panel of real estate professionals to be a voice to government on issues impacting the sector and provide expert advice on improving the conduct of agents and the experience of consumers.

Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said the Property Services Expert Panel signaled a new approach to how the government will engage with the critical sector.

“The property services sector contributes over $100 billion to the NSW economy and employs over 37,000 people across the state,” Mr Anderson said.

“Given the significance of this industry, it is crucial that our engagement with it is strong and is able to proactively address the issues and opportunities that lie ahead in NSW.

“In the past 12 months the NSW Government has commenced major reforms to both property and tenancy laws, overhauled qualifications and Continuing Professional Development requirements for agents and assisted the industry through COVID-19.

“Looking ahead, there will be more opportunities and challenges and high quality collaboration between government and industry is as important as ever as many of these reforms kick into gear.”

The inaugural appointees of the Property Services Expert Panel are:

  • Chris Duggan (Chair), Strata Community Association
  • Sadhana Smiles, Real Estate Industry Partners
  • Adrian Carr, PICA Group
  • Tim McKibbin, REINSW
  • David Ferraz, Australian Institute of Business Brokers
  • Trevor Rawnsley, Australian Resident Accommodation Manager’s Association
  • Sasha Boe, Real Estate Training Solutions
  • Peter Baldwin, Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association
  • Bryan Wilcox, Real Estate Employers Federation
  • Michael Wright, Australian Wool and Pastoral Agency
  • Sylvia Cortez, Estate Agents Co-operative
  • Chris Mourd, McGrath
  • John Gilmovich, Property Owners Association

“This Panel includes voices from across the entire sector to reflect the diversity of professions and associations representing the real estate sector,” Mr Anderson said.

Panel Chair Chris Duggan said the panel brings together key players from major business groups, peak industry and professional associations and Registered Training Organisations.

“This is a huge opportunity for the industry’s voice to be heard and provides an avenue for engagement that just hasn’t existed before,” Mr Duggan said.

The Panel’s first meeting is scheduled for April, where it will confirm its Terms of Reference and priorities for the year.

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