Residential Building (Miscellaneous Consumer Protection Amendments) Bill 2022 -
Have your say

The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing opportunities for community involvement in the development and ongoing review of Government legislation policy and we are seeking your input on the draft Residential Building (Miscellaneous Consumer Protection Amendments) Bill 2022.

Since 2017, Tasmania’s Building Regulatory Framework has included a broad range of building industry-specific features which aim to provide protection to consumers and property owners. At this time, the Tasmanian Government passed two considerable pieces of legislation being the Building Act 2016 and the Residential Building Work Contracts and Dispute Resolution Act 2016. These Acts, together with the Occupational Licensing Act 2005, make up Tasmania’s building regulatory framework, and provide measures to safeguard consumer interests.

The Tasmanian Government has identified opportunities to further strengthen consumer protections within this framework. The result of this work is the Residential Building (Miscellaneous Consumer Protection Amendments) Bill 2022 (the Bill). The Bill will complement work already underway for the reintroduction of a Home Warranty Insurance Scheme, to further protect consumers in Tasmania.

The Bill focuses on three priority areas to improve consumer protections, being:

  1. Dispute Resolution for Residential Building Work;
  2. Addressing Defective Building Work; and
  3. Accountability of Statutory Office Holders.

The Department of Justice has prepared an infosheet on each of the priority areas above.

Download the draft Residential Building (Miscellaneous Consumer Protection Amendments) Bill 2022 (PDF, 434.0 KB)

Download the infosheets on the following priority areas of the Bill:

How to make a submission

All written submissions on the draft Bill must be received by 5:00pm on 5 August 2022.

You can make your submission either online, by email or by post.

Submit online

All fields are required

your can upload only docx, doc or pdf and not larger than 10 MB

Important: By submitting your file, you agree to publish it on this website.

Email

Email your submission to haveyoursay@justice.tas.gov.au

Post

Mail your submission to

Department of Justice
Office of the Secretary
GPO Box 825
Hobart TAS 7001

Publishing submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on the Department of Justice Community Consultations website.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

For further information, or to ask any questions relating to this consultation, please contact: CBOS.info@justice.tas.gov.au and include ‘Residential Building Consumer Protection Amendments Bill 2022’ in the email subject.

Important information to note

  1. Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
  2. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.
  3. If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
  4. Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
  5. The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.