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

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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