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Rescue a pet in need this Christmas

Rescue a pet in need this Christmas

30 November 2020

Families thinking about welcoming a new pet cat or dog into their home this Christmas are being encouraged to ‘adopt not shop’.

A family adopting a dog from an animal shelter

A large increase in new pets during the COVID-19 pandemic has put additional pressure on NSW council pounds.

The NSW Government is offering a 50% discount on lifetime pet registration fees for people who rescue an animal in need of a home. 

People who are considering a new pet are encouraged to visit a council pound, an RSPCA shelter or one of the many approved rehoming organisations.

Adopting rather than shopping for a pet will reduce the burden on pounds and help to lower euthanasia rates.

Before adopting, you should consider the ongoing responsibility and commitment required to care for a pet dog or cat. Make sure that you or the person you are buying a pet for can meet the long-term cost and care requirements of the animal.

The NSW Government will also give $6 million to the Companion Animals Fund in 2020-21. The fund pays for companion animal management by local councils – including pounds and shelters, ranger services, dog recreation areas, and education and awareness programs.

The lifetime cat registration fee has also been reduced by $10 this year to encourage higher registration rates and the adoption of desexed cats from pounds and shelters.

Find out more about buying or adopting a pet in NSW

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Australian Turf Club – Appointment of independent director

Australian Turf Club – Appointment of independent director

Expressions of interest are invited from individuals wishing to be considered for appointment as an independent director of the Australian Turf Club (ATC).

The board of the ATC, a company limited by guarantee, comprises seven directors; four directors elected by ATC members and three independent directors appointed by the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation on the recommendation of a selection panel. A vacancy in the office of one independent director will commence from 1 February 2021.

Section 10 of the Australian Jockey and Sydney Turf Clubs Merger Act 2010 requires the Minister to constitute a selection panel to recommend a person for appointment as an independent director and the term of office. The selection panel must be satisfied that a proposed director has experience in a senior administrative role or experience at a senior level in one or more of the fields of business, finance, law, marketing, technology, commerce, regulatory administration or regulatory enforcement.

The selection panel is required to choose between candidates based on merit determined on the basis of a candidate’s abilities, qualifications, experience and personal qualities that are relevant to the performance of duties of an ATC director.

Candidates will be required to undergo a probity assessment before an appointment is made.

Closing date for expressions of interest is Sunday, 6 December 2020.

Expressions of interest:

Via email to the Office of Racing with the subject as “ATC Independent Director Appointment”. Further information may also be requested at that email address.

Strategic opportunities for gas in regional NSW

Strategic opportunities for gas in regional NSW

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring NSW regional industries are supported by a diverse energy mix as we transition toward lower-emission energy sources.

Gas Plant


The NSW Government is committed to ensuring NSW regional industries are supported by a diverse energy mix. Alongside other energy sources, gas will play an important role in maintaining downward price pressure on energy costs and ensuring security of supply.

Affordable energy, backed by safe and sustainable domestic gas production, is important to support NSW industry and help drive economic recovery in regional NSW.

Manufacturing, backed by access to affordable and reliable energy, presents a key opportunity for regional growth and job creation. Manufacturing industries such as food and meat processing, and production of plastics, fertiliser and construction materials require gas for process heat or as a chemical feedstock. For these industries to survive and prosper, access to secure, long-term, affordable gas supply is essential.

Why we need to act now

The Australian Government has highlighted the importance of gas for post COVID-19 economic recovery. Strengthening our domestic supply chain and boosting manufacturing capacity will create more regional jobs now and into the future. 

Secure, accessible gas supply is an important part of the energy mix.

Increasing the supply of gas from a range of sources including domestic production, pipelines and Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) imports will provide  affordable, accessible gas over the long term. The approval of the Narrabri Gas Project increases NSW’s security of supply and meets up to 60 per cent of current NSW demand.

Opportunities for regional economies

The NSW Government will focus on ensuring the full range of benefits additional gas supplies can deliver are realised across the state. This will include identifying and facilitating opportunities in regional NSW for more affordable gas and better supply certainty to underpin new investment and employment opportunities.

It will incentivise energy-intensive industries to build a presence in regional areas, supported by key regional infrastructure such as inland rail and industrial activation precincts. The potential Special Activation Precinct being investigated in the Narrabri area will leverage the recently approved Santos Gas Project, maximising the economic potential for energy-intensive industries and other gas-enabled manufacturing sectors by being close to commercial quantities of gas.

The NSW Government is scoping investment opportunities to support the market over the long term. This includes releasing a comprehensive strategy and action plan to support the domestic gas market in mid-2021.


Read the Strategic Opportunities for Gas in Regional NSW statement (PDF, 370.16 KB)


Archived - Areas of concern in South Australia

Archived - Areas of concern in South Australia

Updates on restrictions for entering NSW if you have recently been to South Australia, and how to complete the NSW entry declaration form. 

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Your questions answered

Any traveller entering NSW from South Australia who is over the age of 16.

This includes people returning home to NSW and visitors from other states.

It also includes travellers who have been to South Australia in the last 14 days who are entering NSW from other states or territories.

You can access the NSW entry declaration from Service NSW.

Travellers will only be required to complete one declaration form per day.

You need to have the declaration form on hand at all times while you are travelling.

You may need to produce it if requested by an enforcement officer.

The form will be valid until you complete the travel stated on your form.

If you leave NSW and enter again, you will need to complete a new declaration if you have been in South Australia in the last 14 days.

Travellers who refuse to complete the form may not be permitted to enter NSW.

$100 vouchers to support local economy

$100 vouchers to support local economy

18 November 2020

NSW residents will receive $100 worth of vouchers to use for dining and entertainment to help support local businesses and jobs.

Side view of a couple talking to a waitress at a cafe in Sydney, Australia.

The NSW Government's Out & About Scheme will rollout from January 2021. It will provide NSW residents over the age of 18 with four $25 digital vouchers.

The vouchers can be used at participating eligible businesses and venues who are registered as COVID Safe.  

The Out & About Scheme will be divided into two categories: 

  • dining out – two vouchers can be used to purchase food at venues such as restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs. 
  • going out – two vouchers can be used for activities, such as visiting cultural institutions, performing arts, cinemas and amusement parks.  

The vouchers will stimulate the NSW economy, support local businesses and help the arts, hospitality and tourism industries bounce back from COVID-19.

The vouchers will be available via the Service NSW app

Visit Out & About for more information.

Stay active and get ready for a COVID Safe summer.

Learn more about the latest COVID-19 updates.

Living in NSW

State budget

State budget

The 2020-2021 NSW Budget focuses on job-creation through temporary stimulus measures to kick-start our jobs recovery.

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Building on the initial COVID-19 crisis response, this Budget sets out the NSW Government’s commitment of $29 billion to ensure a post-pandemic recovery.

It focuses on new stimulus measures to kick-start the economy and create jobs, while laying foundations for sustained growth and reform, including:

  • $107.1 billion infrastructure pipeline
  • less red tape and a $2.4 billion cut in payroll tax
  • quality services for everyone in NSW
  • deepening our industrial capacity, and supporting strong local industry with a global outlook.

The NSW Government will seek feedback from the public on a possible transition away from the current transfer duty and land tax system.

NSW state budget

Economic recovery and reform

Building a better NSW

The 2020-2021 Budget will continue to invest in an infrastructure program that builds a better NSW, with a record infrastructure pipeline of $107.1 billion to ensure the delivery of projects across the State, including vital infrastructure in Health, Education and Transport.

The record $107.1 billion pipeline is estimated to generate 145,000 jobs directly or indirectly each year.

Investing in our people and their future: education, skills and jobs

The NSW Government is committed to supporting people on every step of the career ladder, from school leavers to working parents and job seekers who are looking to retrain or upskill.

Delivering quality services for the people of NSW

The NSW Government’s core mission is to deliver services that the people of NSW rely on every day to a world class standard. This Budget will deliver with new investment to make services easier than ever to access.

Making it easier to run a business

The NSW Government will continue to support our local businesses impacted by COVID-19 with policies to make it easier to run a business – so they can re-build, attract investment and create jobs for the future.

Strong local industry, big global outlook: a focus on trade and investment

As countries around the world have gone back into lockdown, the pandemic offers an opportunity to

  • showcase the advantages of living and working in NSW
  • attract investment and
  • develop global partnerships which strengthen the State’s economy and create jobs for the future.

Economic reform for lasting prosperity

To build upon the success of changes introduced during COVID-19, this Budget includes an ambitious reform agenda to ensure prosperity for future generations.

Project Remediate

Project Remediate

Project Remediate will help eligible building owners access interest free loans to rectify combustible cladding on Class 2 residential apartment buildings in NSW. 

About Project Remediate

Project Remediate is a three-year program to help remove combustible cladding on an estimated 225 buildings known to the Cladding Taskforce

The NSW Government will pay for the interest on loans on behalf of apartment owners to enable and fast-track the removal of high-risk cladding. Final details on the program design and loan scheme will be announced in December 2020.

Eligible building owners and owners corporations will be contacted and invited to participate in Project Remediate. 

Media release

Support for owners to remove high-risk cladding – NSW Budget 2020-21 Media release – Minister Anderson (PDF, 114.33 KB)

Project assurance service

A project assurance service will be established and coordinated through the Office of the NSW Building Commissioner to work with owners corporations to project manage rectification work. The service will ensure that rectification is done to a high standard. This will include assuring and controlling risks, costs and the quality of cladding remediation undertaken on residential apartment buildings. A managing contractor will be appointed to manage and oversee each individual project. There is no cost to building owners for the assurance program.


To apply for a Project Remediate loan, your building must: 

  • be a residential apartment building (Class 2) in NSW. These include multi-use buildings, for example part commercial/part residential
  • have been confirmed by the Cladding Taskforce and consent authority to have a high-risk combustible cladding façade that requires remediation.

Applications are expected to open around March 2021. This page will be updated as further information becomes available.

Key dates


Program design and loan scheme details announced

Late 2020 - early 2021
Tender process for program assurance managing contractor February 2021
Applications open for building owners March 2021


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Questions and answers

Project Remediate helps building owners with high risk combustible cladding that has been deemed to require remediation. 

Under the program, eligible building owners can:

  • Access interest free loans solely for the use of rectifying combustible cladding on residential apartment buildings (Class 2) 
  • Access a project assurance service to support the owners corporations through the remediation process and oversee construction to ensure that rectification work is done to a high standard.

The term ‘cladding’ refers to lightweight panels that have been applied to a building’s external walls or to any other external area of the building. 

Some types of cladding, made from aluminium composite panels (also called ACPs) and other metal composite materials, have been recognised as posing increased fire safety risk if they are selected or installed incorrectly. 

To apply for a Project Remediate loan, your building must: 

  • be a residential apartment building (Class 2) in NSW. These include multi-use buildings e.g. part commercial/part residential.  
  • have been confirmed by the Cladding Taskforce and consent authority to have a high-risk combustible cladding façade that requires remediation.

Owners of affected buildings will be contacted directly and invited to register their interest. Further information will be made available in early 2021 and applications are expected to open around March. Until then, you can fill in the online form to receive updates as new information becomes available. 

Owners will have been contacted by the consent authority (local council or Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) or the NSW Cladding Taskforce if their building has been identified by government. 

If you believe that your building has this type of cladding and it has not been identified by authorities or been assessed by a qualified professional, find out more about fire safety and external wall cladding for owners.  

If you are a tenant, contact your building owner as they will have been informed by either Department of Planning, Industry and Environment or Local Council about whether the building has potentially combustible cladding. The building owner will also know the status of the building assessment.

If remediation is underway, the owners’ corporation can apply for Project Remediate or continue with their own plans. 

Retrospective assistance is being considered as part of the loan scheme design.

We expect construction for the first projects to start from mid-2021. The managing contractor for your project will advise you on the project timeline, which will depend on factors such as the size of the building, the amount of cladding to be remediated and other factors such as building access. 

You can check the website and register for updates.

Owners and consent authorities have asked for technical support to help them manage the rectification process. A project assurance service will be established to work with owners corporations to project manage rectification work, to ensure that rectification is done to a high standard. A managing contractor will be appointed to manage and oversee each individual project. 

There is no cost to building owners for the assurance program.

The presence of cladding on a building may not necessarily pose a fire safety risk and may not require any remediation work. There are a number of factors which are considered when determining whether cladding on a building may pose a fire safety risk including the total coverage, vertical alignment, positioning around balconies, windows or doors, as well as the type of building and the way it is used. The individual circumstances will determine whether the risk of the spread of fire is increased.

Occupants are not in any immediate danger as a result of being in one of these buildings. Fire + Rescue NSW has strengthened fire safety plans and procedures to mitigate risks in the unlikely event a fire should occur in a building with cladding. Training, awareness initiatives and pre-incident plans for firefighters who may respond to these fires have been enhanced where necessary, and improved response protocols are developed for all buildings where risks are higher.

Product suppliers, resellers and manufacturers for potential replacement cladding materials can register their interest directly with the Cladding Product Safety Panel. The panel comprises suitably qualified technical experts who will provide advice to Government on products and wall assembly solutions that are appropriate replacements and which comply with relevant Australian standards and the Building Code of Australia. Email

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Mandatory customer check in for NSW venues

Mandatory customer check in for NSW venues

11 November 2020

Recording customer information digitally will become mandatory for many NSW venues and businesses from Monday 23 November 2020.


Check in to COVID Safe businesses who are using their NSW Government QR Code, using the Service NSW app

The mandatory digital check in registrations will help keep NSW communities COVID Safe.

Under the new rules, any businesses who do not record contact details of customers via QR codes or other electronic forms will face strict penalties. 

The new rules will apply to:

  • amusement centres
  • aquariums
  • business premises that are used for auction houses, other than clearing houses
  • business premises that are used for nail salons, beauty salons, hairdressing salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, spas, tattoo parlours and massage parlours
  • crematoria
  • drive-in cinemas
  • entertainment facilities
  • hospitality venues, including casinos, food and drink premises, micro-breweries, small distilleries, pubs, small bars and registered clubs
  • function centres
  • funeral homes
  • information and education facilities (other than libraries)
  • party buses
  • properties operated by the National Trust or the Historic Houses Trust
  • public swimming pools
  • recreation facilities (indoor)
  • recreation facilities (major)
  • sex on premises venues
  • sex services premises
  • strip clubs
  • vessels used for hosting functions or for commercial tours
  • zoological parks and reptile parks.

The new rules will also apply to events, including:

  • corporate events
  • funerals and memorial services and gathering after funerals and memorial services
  • wedding services and gatherings after wedding services.

For customers entering venues without a mobile phone, venues are asked to record their details and time of entry on another device. 

Venues must manually collect contact details in instances where electronic forms can not be accessed, including during internet outages. 

Collecting customer information via QR codes is fast, accurate and secure. NSW businesses are urged to use the free QR code and the COVID Safe Check In via the Service NSW app. 


Jobs Plus Program

Jobs Plus Program

The $250 million Jobs Plus program is designed to support companies who want to expand their footprint in NSW. 

About the program

The $250 million Jobs Plus Program will strengthen the NSW economy by creating or supporting up to 25,000 jobs to 30 June 2022.

The Jobs Plus Program is designed to support companies who want to expand their footprint in NSW. The program will reduce the cost of establishment, financial risk and increase speed to market for businesses looking to scale and grow in NSW. 

It will provide private and non-government sectors seeking to invest in job-creating projects, proposals and partnerships, with support throughout the critical stages of business development.

Key elements of the program

Payroll tax relief

Up to a 4-year period, for every new job created where a business has created at least 30 new net jobs.

Assistance with the NSW planning system

This will include fast tracked planning approval pathways and advice, plus guidance on appropriate site selection to increase speed to market.

Subsidised training programs

Partnering to develop subsidised training programs in order to build specialised skills aimed at sustaining these new jobs into the future. This includes funding to develop and deliver bespoke skills programs which can be accessed by the wider NSW community.

Providing enabling infrastructure

This will include building local roads, access to utilities and future-proofed digital infrastructure.

Jobs Plus Concierge Service

Access to a one-stop-shop Jobs Plus Concierge Service in government to help businesses efficiently navigate and access government agencies and programs.

Government spaces and accommodation

Access to free or subsidised government spaces and accommodation.

Important dates

The Jobs Plus Program will start 15 December 2020 and end on 30 June 2022. 

Future information on the program will be available after the 2020-21 NSW State Budget is announced.

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NSW beaches cleanest on record

NSW beaches cleanest on record

5 November 2020

The latest Beachwatch report has revealed the water quality across NSW beaches and waterways is the cleanest on record.

Overhead view of swimmers going for a swim at Manly beach in Sydney, Australia.

In the 2019-2020 State of the Beaches report, 89% of 228 swimming sports in NSW have been graded as very good or good.

The annual report looks into water quality at swimming locations monitored by the Beachwatch and Beachwatch Partnership programs.

Report highlights 

  • Sydney: 92% of swimming sites were graded as good or very good. This is an increase of 2% from last year
  • Central Coast: 59% of swimming spots were graded as good or very good. This is an increase of 9% from last year
  • Hunter: 96% of swimming spots were graded as good or very good – consistent results from last year
  • North Coast: 83% of swimming spots were graded as good or very good. This is an increase of 5% from last year
  • Illawarra: 100% of swimming spots were graded as good or very good – consistent results from last year
  • South Coast: 97% of swimming spots were graded as good or very good – consistent results from last year. 

Open ocean beaches across NSW also received high results with a 98% rating. Famous Australian beaches including Bondi Beach and Manly Beach were graded as good or very good.

Read the full report and get ready for a COVID Safe summer.

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