Tradies will save $52.3 million over 10 years from not having to renew their licenses every three years.
A review of the licencing situation as part of the NSW Government’s Better Business reforms, also showed significant support for retaining 13 home building licenses.
“This is a fantastic outcome for consumers and for more than 27,400 tradies around NSW, because it maintains important protections while also cutting costs,” Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said.
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson, who met with some of the region’s tradies on Thursday, said the reform means renewal fees will be reduced 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,” Mr Anderson said.
“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.”
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.
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