To: The Hon. Minister Victor Dominello

Protect NSW Public from Lead Paint and Asbestos

Protect NSW Public from Lead Paint and Asbestos

Dear Honourable Minister,

We are writing in regards to the recent changes passed by the NSW parliament in regards to Home Building Regulation. We request you amend the new legislation to include licensing requirements for painting work on home interiors, including work under $5000.

The legislation was passed without sufficient consultation with the industry, and poses an unacceptable risk to the industry, and to the wider community.

Lead paint is found in approximately 25% of homes in New South Wales, and asbestos containing materials are found in many buildings built prior to 1989. These highly toxic materials must be identified and treated by trained and licensed trades people, including painters. Painting of home interiors containing lead paint or asbestos by untrained and unlicensed persons poses significant health risks to children, babies, and adults exposed to lead paint dust and asbestos fibres during preparation.

In addition, Safe Work Australia recently released research that shows that painters are the occupation with the second highest risk of exposure to lead, a carcinogenic substance. Allowing unlicensed and untrained people to work in the industry will only heighten this risk.

Why is this important?

The recent changes means that licensing is longer be required for painting works worth under $5000, and no longer needed on any standalone interior painting work on NSW homes. This decision has grave consequences for the painting industry, and risks the health of the NSW public.

How it will be delivered

By email, by post and by hand delivery at the Minister's Office


Reasons for signing

  • These laws not only effect my income in a small town, they will no doubt, later, effect some of you or a family member. Is it worth it?
  • because i trained hard to become a high quality painter ,cowboys like these proposed changes will allow will destroy the industry and the accountability to be honest tradesman
  • lead and asbestos are real dangers in any level !!

Updates

2015-09-21 12:39:18 +1000

The Painters Institute has forced the NSW parliament to investigate the NSW Fair Trading painters licensing issue. NIPD continues to be the only industry organisation that advocates to government on behalf of painters in NSW, Working together with the Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation we are standing up for our industry! The government has 30 days to respond. http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/lc/qalc.nsf/18101dc36b638302ca257146007ee41a/46bb4f2e9df44bc2ca257ebb001b4986?OpenDocument

2015-07-31 19:28:52 +1000

We have received access to all the government documents and correspondance regarding this issue under the Government Information Public Access Act 2009. We have gone through all the internal department documents and identified discrepancies that are of concern. These questions will be used as the basis for discussions with the Minister.

2015-05-26 18:40:36 +1000

On May 20th, the Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, the Hon. Peter Primrose, MP, met with representatives from the National Institute of Painting and Decorating on behalf of Aussie Painters Network and GreenPainters. The meeting took place at parliament house, and the Shadow Minister outlined the steps needed to put painters licensing back on the parliament's agenda. NIPD brought painting contractors from the Sydney area to explain how the new legislation was affecting their business. The Shadow Minister was very helpful and practical in his approach, and we thank him for taking our concerns seriously. His office will be working very closely with us to conduct an investigation of why the legislation was amended with seemingly no consultation with the industry. Find out more
http://www.painters.edu.au/Forum/business-marketing/nsw-painters-license-changes-t194.html#p461

2015-04-14 16:27:26 +1000

500 signatures reached

2015-04-13 13:51:46 +1000

The Minister responsible for the faisco has lost his job! But our fight goes on! http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-premier-mike-baird-shapes-his-cabinet-to-implement-his-poles-and-wires-plan-20150401-1mcxhh.html

2015-02-10 15:37:19 +1100

Could lead exposure in childhood lead to an adult life marked by violent crime? Catalyst: Lead Astray. Tuesday, 8pm ABC TV exposes the truth! http://youtu.be/O0xW6I47wjI

2015-01-31 14:32:31 +1100

Discover the latest developments for the campaign in the latest edition of Aussie Painting Contractor magazine. http://issuu.com/paintersinfo/docs/2015_february?e=3439717/11190848

2015-01-23 16:20:30 +1100

Good news! The Minister has arranged for us to meet with the Department of Fair Trading next week to discuss our concerns. Let's hope they listen to the voice of the industry, and the community. There are no guarantees that they will act to change the legislation, so please keep up the pressure by sharing this campaign with as many people as possible.

2015-01-16 01:31:58 +1100

The Shadow Minister for Fair Trading NSW has spoken out against the new legislation after we contacted her about our campaign. Looks like this issue is hotting up! http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-15/changes-to-nsw-building-laws-a-backwards-step-opposition-says/6018884

2015-01-08 11:08:07 +1100

Here's a summary of the official response to the changes, from the National Institute of Painting and Decorating http://www.painters.edu.au/Forum/business-marketing/nsw-painters-license-changes-t194.html

2015-01-06 11:06:55 +1100

Please share our video on why this campaign matters.What hazards really exist with lead paint? Listen to Elizabeth O'Brien from the Lead Group and Professor Mark Taylor from Macquarie University as they explain the sobering truth behind the hazard. http://youtu.be/DI5FaqiDp7Y

2014-12-24 08:21:32 +1100

Can you start collecting signatures at your local paint store? Download this printable petition and start collecting signatures! http://www.painters.edu.au/f//protect-nsw-public-from-lead-paint-and-asbestos_form-(1).pdf

2014-12-23 10:18:21 +1100

The Minister has been notified of our campaign. NIPD and many individual painters have contacted his office by telephone. Phone number is (02) 8574 7300. You can also copy and paste this campaign and email the Minister directly. Respectfully email the Minister to express your concern: office@mason-cox.minister.nsw.gov.au

2014-12-23 08:18:23 +1100

100 signatures reached

2014-12-22 21:45:15 +1100

Here's a video about why licensing is important:
http://youtu.be/2JJJRh6xwOY

2014-12-22 13:11:16 +1100

50 signatures reached

2014-12-22 12:04:47 +1100

Latest news on the campaign from National Institute of Painting and Decorating http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=3e9424d7bf8b2e7eecf6ed74d&id=36d332fea2&e=%5Buniqid%5D

2014-12-22 12:02:59 +1100

This campaign now supported by Aussie Painters Network http://aussiepaintersnetwork.com.au/category/blog/

2014-12-22 10:53:42 +1100

25 signatures reached

2014-12-19 18:09:05 +1100

10 signatures reached