Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1968 Review

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The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring that public consultation processes are open and transparent and we are seeking your input on the review of the Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1968.


The Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1968 (“the Act”) provides for a process for the disposal of goods that are not collected by consumers in Tasmania.

There is currently an issue where small businesses, such as motor mechanics, jewellers, and repairers of all descriptions, are burdened with the goods when clients refuse to pay for the services rendered, or fail to collect goods after service or repairs have been carried out. The costs of the original repair or service, storage and insurance are then incurred by the business.

Key stakeholders, including the Tasmanian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (TACC), Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) and the Small Business Council, contend the process prescribed by the Act is overly cumbersome and has not kept pace with current social and consumer purchasing trends.

This analysis was endorsed by the Red Tape Reduction Coordinator in the Tasmanian Red Tape Audit Report 2017-18, which identified the processes in the Disposal of Uncollected Good Act 1968 as being costly and cumbersome.  The report recommended that the Victorian Model be adopted, which has different disposal methods relative to the value of the goods.

This discussion paper (DOCX, 743.7 KB) sets out options for reforming the Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1968.

The Department of Justice is seeking feedback on the proposed options and invites stakeholders to add any other relevant information

The comment period for this consultation is now closed

Publishing submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our Community Consultation website.

The submissions will be published once consideration of the submissions has concluded.

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