NSW Government announces changes to the regulation of boarding houses

On 10 May 2012, the NSW Government announced a series of changes to the regulation of boarding houses. The reforms have been included in a draft Exposure Bill which incorporates, among other things, the following reforms:

  • The provisions of the Youth and Community Services Act 1973, which relates to licensed boarding houses, plus amendments to those provisions;
  • The introduction of a centralised register for all NSW boarding houses;
  • Principles-based occupancy rights to govern the relationship between residents and boarding house proprietors;
  • Enhanced accommodation standards for smaller boarding houses;
  • Enhanced powers of entry and associated inspection regimes; and
  • Increased penalties for non-compliance.

 The NSW Government is seeking comments and submissions on the Exposure Draft.

Accompanying the Exposure Draft is a Position Paper which sets out the NSW Government’s concerns about the current regulatory framework and how the Exposure Draft seeks to address these concerns. The NSW Government also invites you to address issues not specifically raised in the Exposure Draft or the Position Paper.

Comments and submissions are due by Friday 10 August 2012 and may be sent by:

Email: BoardingHouseReform@facs.nsw.gov.au

 OR

 DX: 10485 Sydney Stock Exchange

 By mail:

Boarding House Reform Team
Ageing, Disability and Homecare
Level 4
83 Clarence Street
Sydney NSW 2000

For further enquiries, or to obtain copies of the Exposure Draft, please contact the Boarding House Reform Team, Ageing, Disability and Homecare, Department of Family and Community Services at: BoardingHouseReform@facs.nsw.gov.au or on (02) 8295 4608.