Demolition laws streamlined

Friday, 16 May, 2008

NSW Fair Trading Minister Linda Burney has announced that demolition contractors will no longer be required to hold a Fair Trading licence.

The changes are a result of consultation between Fair Trading, WorkCover NSW and industry to determine if holding demolition licences with more than one government agency was practical.

“Fair Trading and WorkCover NSW found that it was unreasonable and unnecessary that an individual should have to go to the time and expense of applying for two separate licences that basically cover similar activities,” Burney said.

It was decided that duplicate licensing in conjunction with WorkCover served little purpose.

Ms Burney said demolition is dangerous work and people wishing to be involved in this industry may still need to be licensed by WorkCover under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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