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Browse media releases from the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson. 

Free SMS mental health service for NSW regional workers

29 April 2020

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson, has announced additional funding for a free SMS service providing mental health counselling to 3 million workers in NSW’s rural and regional areas.


Keep kids off quad bikes during school holidays

15 April 2020

During the school holidays quad bike owners are being warned to ‘keep kids off quad bikes’ in a new SafeWork NSW campaign launched today by the Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson.

Funding boost and new emergency measures to protect tenancies

13 April 2020

Residential tenants and landlords facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 will receive increased support and greater certainty from the NSW Government’s new temporary rental support measures announced today.

Price hikes explained or traders to be named

12 April 2020

Businesses that inexplicably set unfair prices for essential items such as food or toilet paper in response to COVID-19 risk being publicly listed under a new initiative announced by Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson today.

Fire safety reforms enforceable from April

16 January 2020

NSW Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, has advised industry practitioners that from April 2020, only persons accredited as competent fire safety practitioners (CFSPs) under the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) will be authorised to endorse plans and specifications of fire safety systems.

Innovation and intervention to prevent workplace accidents

29 November 2019

Construction sites, hazardous chemical facilities and sites with mobile plant equipment are some of the workplaces targeted in a new High-Risk Workplaces Strategy launched by the NSW Government today.

Growing Sydney's night time economy

28 November 2019

The NSW Government will enhance Sydney’s night-time economy with extended trading hours for venues and bottle shops, a relaxation of after-midnight drink rules and other changes to be introduced from January.

Music festival safety bill passes Parliament

14 November 2019

Legislation to reinstate a festival safety system that requires high-risk music festivals to prepare a safety management plan was today approved by NSW Parliament.

Business boost for City of Sydney

8 November 2019

Aspiring and existing business owners in the City of Sydney can now access a NSW Government one-stop shop Business Concierge service, potentially saving them time and money when starting or expanding a café, restaurant or small bar.

Cladding taskforce works thousands of hours improving NSW resident safety

7 November 2019

A staggering 22,500 hours of work has gone into inspecting buildings across NSW, suspected of having dangerous cladding.

Fire safety reforms to put consumers first

7 November 2019

Families across New South Wales will be safer in their homes with the announcement of a wide-ranging fire safety package by the state government.

Safest places to work in NSW

31 October 2019

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson today congratulated the winners of the 2019 SafeWork Awards.

Cutting costs for NSW drivers

29 October 2019

Groundbreaking new rules will give the NSW Government the power to claw back excessive insurer profits from Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance and return the money to motorists through cheaper Green Slips.

Strong foundations set for building reform

23 October 2019

The NSW Government continues to deliver on its promised suite of reforms to the building and construction industry, with the introduction of the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 to the NSW Parliament today.

New initiatives protect workers using sandstone and silica products

21 October 2019

Workers involved in the cutting of manufactured stone, sandstone and building products will be better protected from dust diseases with the NSW Government today announcing a range of new measures to prevent exposure to silica dust.

Power in workers hands to 'Speak Up. Save lives'

16 October 2019

Reporting dangerous work practices and risks to workers’ safety is now easier than ever with the NSW Government’s new mobile reporting system ‘Speak Up. Save Lives’.

Building reforms drive renewed confidence

3 October 2019

The next tranche of reforms to the building and construction industry will soon be introduced to the NSW Parliament, following the release of an exposure draft of the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019.

Building reform surges ahead with new certifiers regulation

30 September 2019

The NSW Government is continuing to deliver on its commitment to reforming the building and construction industry, with the release of the draft Building and Development Certifiers Regulation 2019.

Upfront costs cut for quad bike safety improvements

23 September 2019

The NSW Government has streamlined rebates to further assist drought stricken farmers to claim their $2,000 rebate from the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program as one payment and at the point of sale.

Have your say on the new rules supporting property industry reforms

4 September 2019

The NSW Government is seeking feedback on key documents to support the implementation of Property Services Industry reforms. This includes a new set of qualification requirements, supporting regulations and enhanced Continuing Professional Development obligations.

New funeral pricing regulation gives clarity to bereaved consumers

2 September 2019

Bereaved consumers purchasing funeral goods and services will soon experience greater price transparency as funeral directors begin to transition to new consumer focussed regulations from today.

David Chandler OAM appointed NSW Building Commissioner

1 August 2019

Home owners will be better protected following the appointment of building and construction expert David Chandler OAM as NSW Building Commissioner.

Greyhound racing welcomes new top dogs

12 July 2019

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson today announced a revamped Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Board as the industry enters the next phase of its evolution ahead of next year’s statutory review of the Greyhound Racing Act 2017.

Making retirement village fees fairer for residents

9 July 2019

The NSW Government is taking the next steps to deliver an election commitment to reform exit fee rules and charges for retirement village residents, their families and operators, with the release of the discussion paper for public consultation today.

New common-sense paintball laws in effect

2 July 2019

New laws now in effect have changed how the sport of paintball is regulated in NSW by reclassifying paintball markers and removing them from firearms legislation administered by the NSW Police Force.

Closing the loophole on land tax

 14 October 2019

The NSW Government is launching a new crackdown on land tax compliance, putting landowners not paying their fair share on notice.

NSW unveils strategy to stamp out silicosis

21 February 2020

Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson today announced a new plan to reduce cases of the deadly lung disease silicosis, caused by ingesting harmful dust when dry-cutting manufactured stone.  

Plans unveiled for the future of building and construction

21 January 2020

Dodgy developments will be a thing of the past under NSW Government plans that will see the implementation of ratings systems for professionals in the building industry and strong new powers to prevent occupation certificates from being issued on suspect developments.

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