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

Green light for more solar in strata

17 February 2021

The NSW Government has delivered on its promise to drive clean, reliable and affordable energy in NSW through the passage of new amendments in Parliament today that make it easier to install renewable energy into strata buildings.

Heartless criminals target love seekers this Valentine's Day

12 February 2021

As romance scams hit an all-time high, Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson has kicked off a new campaign reminding online love seekers to think with their heads and not their hearts.

NSW Government starts process to remove high-risk cladding

10 February 2021

The NSW Government has today announced further details of the project to facilitate the removal of high-risk combustible cladding from residential apartment buildings across the State.

More support for domestic violence victims to end tenancies

16 December 2020

A wider range of professionals, including counsellors, social workers, and psychologists will be able to support victims of domestic violence terminating their lease immediately and without penalty under NSW Government reforms.

Have your say on changes to how building design and construction is regulated in NSW

1 December 2020

The NSW Government is asking for feedback on proposed regulations that will strengthen the design and construction of buildings in NSW. 

New Taskforce to investigate gig economy deaths

25 November 2020

The NSW Government has today established an investigative Taskforce led by SafeWork NSW and Transport NSW to examine whether any avoidable risks may have contributed to a number of recent fatalities of food delivery riders.

New campaign shines light on electrical risks

24 November 2020

The new campaign will be delivered with a number of industry partners including unions, energy retailers and CHOICE to educate and encourage NSW homeowners to install switches and to undertake regular checks.

Workplace fatalities and injuries on agenda of new advisory group

19 November 2020

A group representing injured workers and family members affected by workplace fatalities met for the first time this week in a move which ensures they have a stronger voice in shaping NSW workplace policy and support services for the future.

Supporting farmer safety across the State

17 November 2020
The NSW Government has announced $3.3 million in funding to support safety on NSW farms.

Record investment in safe workplaces

17 November 2020

Record funding will be invested into enhancing safety and well-being in NSW workplaces, improving the physical and mental health of all workers in the state as part of the 2020-21 NSW Budget.

Putting more power into the hands of retirees

16 November 2020

NSW retirement village residents will be protected by new laws that increase safeguards around the sale of their property and provide early access to their financial entitlements to meet the cost of moving into aged care.

World first real-time silica detector helps clear the air

10 November 2020

The NSW Government has today launched a trial of world-first technology to accurately monitor silica dust levels in the air that has the potential to protect NSW’s workers from contracting the deadly lung disease silicosis.

Gig economy at the heart of new project

10 November 2020

Implementing practical measures to improve workplace health and safety for gig economy workers is at the centre of a new research driven project by the NSW Government.

New campaign to reduce risk electrical work

9 Nov 2020

Ensuring electricians are operating safely will form a vital part of a new NSW Government compliance campaign targeting electrical safety issues on construction sites.

New mandatory standards for building certification

2 November 2020

The NSW Government has released a comprehensive practice standard that outlines how building certifiers must undertake their role  to ensure compliance with the law. 

Research into future of work begins

29 October 2020

To help prepare for workplace issues of the future, the NSW Government has selected four research partners to explore key emerging risks in health and safety. 

Strict new laws to regulate short-term rentals

27 October 2020

Short-term rental accommodation hosts, guests, letting agents and online booking platform operators will soon be subject to strict new laws with a mandatory Code of Conduct for the industry to begin in December. 

Life-saving dust laws pass NSW parliament

22 October 2020

The process of tracking, responding to and preventing deadly occupational dust diseases such as silicosis and asbestos has been vastly strengthened following the passage of new laws through the NSW Parliament. 

Studying the impacts of COVID-19 on workplace mental health

7 October 2020

Employees and employers across NSW whose mental health has been impacted by the onset of COVID-19 are being encouraged to take part in a  community consultation that will help drive how the NSW Government supports people when they need help most. 

Improving mental health one workplace at a time

1 October 2020

As part of SafeWork Month 2020, a number of prominent business and industry leaders have been appointed to help drive positive change by breaking down the barriers and stigma associated with mental health in NSW workplaces.

NSW to continue support for COVID-impacted tenants and landlords

23 September 2020

The NSW Government has today announced a six-month extension of the measures put in place to help residential tenants and landlords financially disadvantaged by COVID-19. 

Sydney man jailed for impersonating licensed tradies 

23 September 2020

Sydney based fraudster Christopher-William Monahan has been sentenced to two years prison and fined $30,000 for impersonating licensed tradesmen, performing defective work and leaving Sydney homeowners thousands of dollars out-of-pocket.  

Second scaffold safety blitz following substandard scaffold safety

21 September 2020

Construction sites across NSW will be subject to a new scaffolding safety blitz after a recent round of inspections saw more than 800 notices issued for significant safety breaches.

Help to improve mental health at work

7 September 2020

The NSW Government is seeking feedback on proposed guidelines to promote mentally healthy workplaces in NSW. 

Grace period for property sector reforms extended

4 September 2020

In response to the extensive impacts of COVID-19 on the property sector, the NSW Government has extended the grace period for penalties under new Property and Stock Agents Act regulations until 1 April 2021.

A new era for NSW apartment owners

31 August 2020

New and prospective homeowners will have unprecedented protections against purchasing defective residential apartment buildings from tomorrow, when the NSW Government’s landmark Residential Apartment Buildings Act 2020 comes into effect.

Farmers urged to buckle up

20 August 2020

The NSW Government has launched a new campaign urging farmers using side-by-side vehicles to wear seat belts following a spate of deaths across the state. 

Scammers get their paws on prospective puppy parents

19 August 2020

Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, has warned those seeking to buy a new puppy to be wary of an increasing number of scams, which have cost Australians $300,000 so far this year

Increased protections for people living in shared accommodation

12 August 2020

The NSW Government is revamping how it regulates shared accommodation to improve the rights and responsibilities of occupants, Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, announced today.

New advisory group to decrease workplace injury and fatality

11 August 2020

Injured workers and those who have lost loved ones due to a workplace incident will help shape NSW workplace policy and support services through a new advisory group established by the NSW Government.

Expert panel to accelerate removal of high-risk cladding

10 August 2020

The NSW Government has established an expert panel of building and construction specialists to help support the removal of unsafe cladding across the state.

Focus turns to Hunter building sites following $400K landmark fine

10 August 2020

Building and construction sites in Newcastle can expect an unannounced visit from SafeWork NSW inspectors this week as the workplace safety regulator undertakes high-visibility safety checks across the region.

New research triggers crane compliance blitz

30 July 2020
Crane operators are being put on notice with SafeWork inspectors conducting a compliance blitz across the state next month.

Inspector numbers boosted ahead of COVID safety crackdown

25 July 2020

Inspector numbers have been boosted and their powers increased under the NSW Public Health Act 2010 in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Farm safety training goes viral

24 July 2020

With the majority of NSW’s farming events being postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, the NSW Government has launched a new virtual platform to ensure agricultural workers have access to safety training.

Nominations open for best COVID-safe businesses

21 July 2020

Nominations are now open for the 2020 SafeWork NSW Awards, acknowledging NSW businesses that demonstrate an outstanding approach to work health and safety.

Bulldozer company fined $375,000 for safety breaches

8 July 2020

An international earth moving equipment company has been convicted and fined $375,000 after a worker received multiple severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, while servicing a bulldozer.

Cutting red tape to help community groups be in the black

3 July 2020

Charities and community groups can now raise money and conduct community events free of unnecessary red tape and administrative costs, following changes to community gaming laws by the NSW Government.

Strengthened consumer protections during building certification

1 July 2020

The NSW Government has delivered another important building industry reform, introducing much-needed protection for consumers during the building certification process.

Transport and freight businesses urged to register as COVID safe

1 July 2020

The NSW Government has launched a new suite of guidance materials to help all types of businesses manage the risk of COVID-19.

NSW to introduce Australia's highest standards of greyhound care

30 June 2020

NSW’s greyhound racing industry will soon be subject to the highest standards of greyhound welfare in Australia following the release today of the NSW Greyhound Welfare Code of Practice.

Hotels urged to register as COVID safe

29 June 2020

The NSW Government has launched a new suite of guidance materials to help all types of businesses manage the risk of COVID-19.

SafeWork kick off construction compliance blitz

29 June 2020

Construction sites across north-western Sydney can expect a visit from SafeWork Inspectors this week who will be targeting unsafe working systems across all building trades.

Updated formwork code of practice to help protect workers

26 June 2020

The NSW Government has today launched a new Code of Practice to provide clear and practical industry advice on how to safely work with formwork in NSW.

NSW Government to send outdated auto trades and tow truck rules to the scrapheap

25 June 2020

Motor dealers and repairers stand to save up to $175 million over ten years and slash over 6000 hours in unnecessary training time while maintaining the highest safety standards under sweeping changes to the NSW Government’s licensing rules.

Improving COVID safety at regional workplaces

25 June 2020

The NSW Government is helping businesses return to normal trade, through the launch of a new suite of resources to guide businesses as they manage the risk of COVID-19.

Reforms deliver fairer, simpler retirement village fees

24 June 2020

The NSW Government will deliver fairer, more transparent fees for retirement village residents through new laws that will see exit entitlements paid more quickly when residents depart their village.

Improving COVID safety at work

22 June 2020

The NSW Government has launched a new suite of guidance materials to help all types of businesses manage the risk of COVID-19.

Fuelcheck app goes wowsers at the bowsers

19 June 2020

Motorists have one million reasons to download the NSW Government’s free FuelCheck app, with the huge milestone reached less than three years since its launch in 2017.

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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