Minister for Better Regulation and Fair Trading

The Minister for Better Regulation and Fair Trading is a minister in the Government of New South Wales responsible for administering legislation and policy in relation to consumer affairs and SafeWork regulation in New South Wales, Australia.

Minister for Better Regulation and Fair Trading
Incumbent
Anoulack Chanthivong
since 5 April 2023 (2023-04-05)
Department of Customer Service
StyleThe Honourable
NominatorPremier of New South Wales
AppointerGovernor of New South Wales
Inaugural holderFrederick Hewitt (as the Minister for Consumer Affairs)
Formation3 December 1973

The current minister is Anoulack Chanthivong since 5 April 2023, who also serves as the Minister for Industry and Trade.

The minister assists the Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government administer their portfolios through the Customer Service cluster, in particular NSW Fair Trading.[1]

Ultimately the ministers are responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.

Roles and responsibilities edit

Co-operative Societies (1949-1995) edit

The Registrar of Co-Operative Societies was established under the Building and Co-operative Societies Act 1901.[2] The Registrar of Co-operative Societies could inquire into the working and financial condition of a society or authorise any public servant, accountant, or actuary to inspect any minutes or books or to examine into, and report upon, the affairs of a society. In 1923 and advisory council was established by the Co-operation, Community Settlement and Credit Act 1923,[3] to make recommendations to the Treasurer. The Council submitted recommendations about the rules and regulations relating to societies and any action to be taken by the Treasurer, including the appointment of committees. The Registrar of Co-operative Societies was an ex officio member of the Council and the Treasurer could attend any meeting, and would preside over such meetings.[4] The ministerial position was created in a ministerial reshuffle in the second McGirr ministry October 1949 with responsibilities transferring from the Treasurer to the Minister for Co-operative Societies.[5] The inaugural minister Clarrie Martin held the portfolio in addition to his portfolio of Attorney–General.[6]

From February 1983 the ministerial responsibilities were transferred to the Minister for Housing.[7] The responsibilities were transferred to the Attorney General in January 1986,[4] with the portfolio being formally re-created in February 1986 and filled by Terry Sheahan, who was also the Attorney General.[6] The portfolio was abolished in the first Greiner ministry in March 1988 with the responsibilities allocated to the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs.[4][8] It was re-created in the second Greiner ministry.[9] It was abolished in April 1995 and the responsibilities transferred to the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs.[10]

Consumer Affairs (1973-1995) edit

The portfolio was established in December 1973 in the sixth Askin ministry and the major task of the portfolio was to ensure consumers were treated fairly. This was handled by consumer education, providing a complaints service, licensing some occupational groups, investigating prices and charges, responsible for weights and measures and landlord and tenant matters.[11] The administrative units responsible to the Ministry included the Consumer Affairs Council and Consumer Affairs Bureau, the Weights and Measures Office, the Prices Branch and Registry of Consumer Claims Tribunals. The establishment of the Ministry also coincided with three entirely new acts of Parliament dealing with important aspects of consumer protection, namely the Consumer Claims Tribunals Act 1974, the Pyramid Sales Act 1974 and the Motor Dealers Act 1974.[12]

The Fair Trading Minister is responsible for the regulation of various occupations, organisations and industries including incorporated associations, hairdressers, charitable fundraisers, pawnbrokers, biofuels and co-operatives.[13]

List of ministers edit

Ministerial title Minister [6] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Consumer Affairs Frederick Hewitt   Liberal Askin (6)
Lewis (1) (2)
Willis
4 December 1973 14 May 1976 2 years, 163 days
Syd Einfeld   Labor Wran (1) (2) (3) 14 May 1976 2 October 1981 5 years, 141 days
Paul Whelan Wran (4) 2 October 1981 1 February 1983 1 year, 122 days
Paul Landa Wran (5) (6) (7) 1 February 1983 10 February 1984 1 year, 9 days
George Paciullo Wran (7) 5 April 1984 6 February 1986 1 year, 307 days
Bob Carr Wran (8) 6 February 1986 4 July 1986 148 days
Deirdre Grusovin Unsworth 4 July 1986 21 March 1988 1 year, 261 days
Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs Gerry Peacocke   National       Grieiner (1) 25 March 1988 6 June 1991 3 years, 73 days
Minister for Consumer Affairs Peter Collins   Liberal Greiner (2)
Fahey (1)
6 June 1991 3 July 1992 1 year, 27 days
Kerry Chikarovski Fahey (2) 3 July 1992 26 May 1993 327 days
Wendy Machin   National Fahey (3) 26 May 1993 4 April 1995 1 year, 313 days
Faye Lo Po'   Labor Carr (1) 4 April 1995 6 December 1995 2 years, 241 days
Minister for Fair Trading 6 December 1995 1 December 1997
Brian Langton Carr (2) 1 December 1997 30 April 1998 150 days
Jeff Shaw 30 April 1998 8 April 1999 343 days
John Watkins Carr (3) 8 April 1999 21 November 2001 2 years, 227 days
John Aquilina 21 November 2001 2 April 2003 1 year, 132 days
Reba Meagher Carr (4) 2 April 2003 21 January 2005 1 year, 294 days
John Hatzistergos 1 February 2005 3 August 2005 183 days
Diane Beamer Iemma (1) 3 August 2005 2 April 2007 1 year, 242 days
Linda Burney Iemma (2) 2 April 2007 5 September 2008 1 year, 156 days
Virginia Judge Rees
Keneally
5 September 2008 28 March 2011 2 years, 204 days
Anthony Roberts   Liberal O'Farrell 3 April 2011 9 December 2013 2 years, 250 days
Stuart Ayres Baird (1) 9 December 2013 6 May 2014 148 days
Matthew Mason-Cox 6 May 2014 2 April 2015 331 days
Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello   Liberal Baird (2) 2 April 2015 30 January 2017 1 year, 303 days [14]
Matt Kean Berejiklian (1) 30 January 2017 23 March 2019 2 years, 52 days [15]
Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson   National Berejiklian (2)
Perrottet (1)
2 April 2019 21 December 2021 2 years, 263 days [16]
Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos   Liberal Perrottet (2) 21 December 2021 3 August 2022 225 days [17][18][19]
Victor Dominello 3 August 2022 28 March 2023 237 days [20]
Minister for Better Regulation and Fair Trading Anoulack Chanthivong   Labor Minns 5 April 2023 incumbent 1 year, 10 days

Former ministerial titles edit

Co-operative Societies edit

The Minister for Co-operative Societies, later Minister for Cooperatives was a ministry in the government of New South Wales, with responsibility for regulating and registering co-operative societies, including housing societies, friendly societies, Starr-Bowkett Societies, credit unions and building societies. It has had three iterations, from September 1949 until February 1983, from February 1986 until March 1988 and from June 1991 until April 1995.[21]

Title Minister [6] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Co-operative Societies Clarrie Martin   Labor McGirr (2) 21 September 1949 30 June 1950 282 days
Clive Evatt McGirr (3)
Cahill (1) (2)
30 June 1950 1 April 1954 3 years, 275 days
Gus Kelly Cahill (2) (3) 1 April 1954 1 April 1959 5 years, 0 days
Abe Landa Cahill (4)
Heffron (1) (2)
Renshaw
1 April 1959 13 May 1965 6 years, 42 days
Stanley Stephens   Country Askin (1) (2) (3) (4) 13 May 1965 17 January 1973 7 years, 249 days
Tim Bruxner Askin (5) 17 January 1973 3 December 1973 320 days
Laurie McGinty   Liberal Askin (6)
Lewis (1) (2)
3 December 1973 23 January 1976 2 years, 51 days
Ian Griffith Willis 23 January 1976 14 May 1976 112 days
Syd Einfeld   Labor Wran (1) (2) 14 May 1976 29 February 1980 3 years, 291 days
Terry Sheahan Wran (3) (4) 29 February 1980 1 February 1983 2 years, 338 days
Minister for Co-operative Societies Terry Sheahan   Labor Wran (8) 6 February 1986 4 July 1986 148 days
Bob Debus Unsworth 4 July 1986 21 March 1988 1 year, 261 days
Minister for Local Government and
Minister for Cooperatives
Gerry Peacocke   National Greiner (2) 6 June 1991 26 May 1993 1 year, 354 days
Minister for Local Government and Co-operatives Garry West Fahey (1) (2) 26 May 1993 27 June 1994 1 year, 32 days
Ted Pickering   Liberal Fahey (3) 27 June 1994 4 April 1995 281 days

Regulatory Reform edit

Ministerial title Minister [6] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Economic Reform Michael Costa   Labor Carr (4) 21 January 2005 3 August 2005 194 days [22]
Minister Assisting the Treasurer on Business and
Economic Regulatory Reform
Joe Tripodi   Labor Iemma (1) 17 February 2006 2 April 2007 3 years, 273 days [23]
Minister for Small Business and Regulatory Reform Iemma (2) 2 April 2007 27 June 2007
Minister for Regulatory Reform Iemma (2)
Rees
27 June 2007 17 November 2009
Peter Primrose Rees 17 November 2009 4 December 2009 17 days [24]
John Hatzistergos Keneally 8 December 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 110 days [25]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "About Fair Trading". NSW Fair Trading. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  2. ^ Building and Co-operative Societies Act 1901 (NSW)
  3. ^ Co-operation, Community Settlement and Credit Act 1923 (NSW)
  4. ^ a b c "AGY-1745 Registrar of Co-operative Societies (1902-1979)". NSW State Records & Archives. Retrieved 8 December 2021.   This article incorporates text available under the CC BY 4.0 license.
  5. ^ "Transfer of the administration of certain acts to the Minister for Co-operative Societies (200)". Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 21 October 1949. p. 3165. Retrieved 8 December 2021 – via Trove.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Schedule 6: Acts to be transferred from the administration of the Minister for Co-operative Societies to the Minister for Housing (19)". Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 1 February 1983. p. 514. Retrieved 9 December 2021 – via Trove.
  8. ^ "Administrative Changes Order (No 4) 1988 (73)". Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 15 April 1988. p. 2272. Retrieved 9 December 2021 – via Trove.
  9. ^ "Administrative Changes (General) Order 1991 (101)". Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 28 June 1991. p. 5328. Retrieved 9 December 2021 – via Trove.
  10. ^ "AGY-3081 Department of Local Government and Co-operatives". NSW State Records & Archives. Retrieved 8 December 2021.   This article incorporates text available under the CC BY 4.0 license.
  11. ^ "PFO-145 Consumer Affairs [I]". NSW State Records & Archives. Retrieved 11 March 2022.   This article incorporates text available under the CC BY 4.0 license.
  12. ^ "AGY-1050 Ministry of Consumer Affairs (1973-1976) Department of Consumer Affairs [I] (1976-1988)". NSW State Records & Archives. Retrieved 11 March 2022.   This article incorporates text available under the CC BY 4.0 license.
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  14. ^ "The Hon. Victor Michael Dominello MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  15. ^ "Mr (Matt) Matthew John Kean, MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  16. ^ "The Hon. Kevin John Anderson, MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  17. ^ "Parliament, Ministerial, Courts and Police (662)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 21 December 2021.
  18. ^ Raper, Ashleigh (31 July 2022). "NSW Minister Eleni Petinos sacked by Premier Dominic Perrottet after anonymous complaint by staffer". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  19. ^ Maddison, Max (31 July 2022). "Dominic Perrottet sacks NSW Small Business Minister Eleni Petinos over alleged bullying". The Australian. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  20. ^ "Parliament, Ministerial, Courts and Police (354)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 3 August 2022.
  21. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  22. ^ "Mr Michael Costa (1956- )". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  23. ^ "Mr Joseph Guerino Tripodi (1967 - )". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  24. ^ "The Hon. Peter Thomas Primrose". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  25. ^ "The Hon. John Hatzistergos (1960- )". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 March 2022.