Business reforms announced by The Nationals in Government will save tradies $52 million as we continue to support regional jobs.
Member for Dubbo Troy Grant used a tradies breakfast in Dubbo on Thursday to outline the changes, which will save tradespeople from having to renew their licences every three years. 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.
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 Grant hosted a breakfast at Brennan’s Mitre 10 on Thursday in conjunction with Tradies Insight, a local group set up by Bruno Efoti to help with mental health concerns in the local industry.
“We’re experiencing a golden age of investment and infrastructure construction in the Dubbo electorate, and our tradies are the unsung heroes that are helping deliver that,” Mr Grant said. “These reforms will provide significant savings to our tradespeople. The 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.”
Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean will introduce the Better Business Reforms, which also includes reforms to increase transparency for consumers, into Parliament later this month.