It’s not too late to have your say on reducing red tape

Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is reminding people to have their say on the repeal of what appears to be outdated and unnecessary legislation, as part of the government’s red tape reduction measures.

Submissions close on 1 February on the issues paper, Making NSW Number 1 Again: Reducing Regulatory Burden.

Stakeholders are encouraged to have their say on a range of reforms designed to reduce administrative and compliance burdens placed on businesses, consumers and government.

Legislation proposed to be repealed includes:

• The Consumer Claims Act 1998, with some provisions transferred to the existing Fair Trading Act 1987

• The Fitness Services (Pre-Paid Fees) Act 2000, with consumer protection maintained under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL)

• The HomeFund Commissioner Act 1993, following the abolition of the HomeFund Commissioner’s Office in 1997

• The Warehousemen’s Liens Act 1935, with written contracts and ACL provisions to protect the rights of consumers and storage providers

• The Landlord and Tenant Act 1899, now largely redundant with the enactment of specific residential tenancy laws

• The Landlord and Tenant (Amendment) Act 1948, originally a post wartime measure to provide rent control and security of tenure for returned servicemen and their families.

The issues paper can be downloaded from the Fair Trading website at

Written comments and submissions should be sent by Email to:

Post to: Red Tape Review, Fair Trading Policy, PO Box 972l, PARRAMATTA NSW 2124

Fax to: 02 9338 8990. The State Government is committed to cutting red tape to reduce regulatory costs by 20 per cent by 30 June 2015, representing an annual saving of $750 million for the people of NSW.

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