2019 NSW Election Priorities
Prior to the next NSW state election scheduled to be held in March 2019, R&CA has put together a list of policy priorities on behalf of the tourism and hospitality sector which can be accessed in the document below.
- R&CA’s key policy priorities in NSW ahead of the 2019 state election include:
- Increase the payroll tax threshold from the current $750,000 to $1.1 million with gradual increases to $1.5 million over time.
- Commit to a state-wide roll out of the successfully piloted Easy to Do Business Program prior to the next state election in March 2019.
- Remove the red tape requirement for catering companies to notify local police a minimum of 14 days before hosting an event with alcohol.
- Remove the Community Impact Statement Requirement for licensed cafés and restaurants when applying for Primary Service and/or Extended Trading Authorisations.
- Reduce the cost of applying for and transferring an on-premises liquor licence.
- Increase the current rebates that small businesses who employ new apprentices and trainees are eligible to apply for.
- Expand the recently piloted Outdoor Dining Policy across the state.
- Reduce the licensing costs of businesses with outdoor dining areas in line with measures already introduced in the ACT and in Adelaide.
- Work with industry associations to address the steady decline in apprenticeships and traineeships.
- Continue to minimise the impact of construction zones associated with major infrastructure projects as much as possible.
- Any consideration of a CoOL scheme should not involve mandatory menu-labelling requirements for cafés and restaurants.
- Increase funding for Destination NSW to attract more domestic and international tourists to the state.
- Commit to implementing policies to reduce the impact of rising electricity and gas costs for small businesses in the hospitality sector.
- Commit to no additional full or part-day public holidays and only gazette Local Event Days.
- Increase funding and resources for rural and regional areas to support the sustainability of tourism and hospitality businesses.
- Reduce the payroll tax rate for businesses that employ 85 per cent or more rural or regional employees in line with the Victorian Government.
View the priorities document below: