Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



23 February 2019

Sarah Courtney, Minister for Building and Construction

Disposal of Uncollected Goods Discussion Paper open for consultation

Tasmanian businesses currently endure lengthy and costly delays in the disposal of goods that were uncollected by customers, with the process often resulting in the cost of disposal outweighing the value of the goods.

The Hodgman Liberal Government acknowledges this unfair burden on businesses and will contemporise the law and bring our requirements into line with other states jurisdictions.

This will result in faster, simpler and more cost-effective disposal processes for Tasmanian businesses.

A review of the process that businesses must comply with when they dispose of goods not collected by consumers in Tasmania, is now underway.

The Government is seeking stakeholder and community feedback on the Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1968 Discussion Paper, which outlines different models to contemporise the legislative framework and reduce regulatory burdens for Tasmanian businesses.

This position has been endorsed by the Red Tape Reduction Coordinator, as outlined in the 2017-18 Tasmanian Red Tape Audit Report. The Coordinator recommended that the legislation was in need of reform, and a model could be adopted where goods are disposed of relative to their value.

The Discussion Paper can be found at www.justice.tas.gov.au/community-consultation, with submissions closing on the 15 March 2019.



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