LOCAL TRADIES TO SHARE IN SAVINGS OF $52 MILLION THANKS TO LICENCE REFORMS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said tradies in the region will be among the estimated 27,400 around the State who will save $52.3 million over 10 years from not having to renew their licenses every three years.
Mr Anderson said the proposals are part of the NSW Government’s Better Business reforms and had followed extensive public consultation.
“This is a fantastic outcome for consumers and for the more than 27,400 tradies in our region and around the State, because it maintains important protections while also cutting costs.
“These licenses have important safeguards, so we’re keeping all of them, but we also wanted to find ways to reduce the financial burden on these small businesses.
“This reform will reduce renewal fees from up to $605 every three years to just a $51 processing fee for tradies to update their details every five years.
“That gives them more money to pay the bills, put food on the table, or go out with their families, as well as additional funds to grow their businesses.
“This is one of the biggest shakeups of NSW consumer law in more than three decades and we’ll keep the protections there for consumers, while also cutting costs for our tradies.
“Red tape strangles small business and this is putting power back into the hands of hard-working Australian tradies.
“Our focus was on two things: cutting red tape, while making sure consumers continue to be protected from dodgy traders,” Mr Anderson concluded.
The licenses that will become ongoing include decorating, painting, fencing, glazing, kitchen and bathroom benchtop installation, splashback installation, paving, shower screen installation, ducting/mechanical ventilation, shade sails and shade systems installation, dry plastering, wet plastering and minor maintenance/cleaning.
Mr Anderson said the legislation to introduce the Better Business Reforms, which also includes reforms to increase transparency for consumers, will be before Parliament later this month.
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson with Tamworth tradies, Mick Dormer, Mick Trappel and Matt Whiley.