Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has today announced increased consumer protection in the property services sector along with improved industry support with the NSW Government’s decision to appoint a Property Services Commissioner.

Mrs Tuckerman said this is great news for people living in the Goulburn electorate as the Commissioner will provide expert advice on how services delivered by the NSW Government to the property services sector and the community can be improved.

“The property services industry is a significant employer in the region and is a substantial contributor to our local economy,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“As a Government, it is crucial that we work with the property services sector to put in place consumer protections as we commit to restoring confidence in the industry.

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson said the new Commissioner will join the Property Services Expert Panel and is the next step in the NSW Government’s commitment to supporting the property and real estate sector.

“I am determined to properly support the property services industry which employs over 37,000 people and contributes $100 billion to the NSW economy,” Mr Anderson said.

“We are taking the same successful approach we did for the building and construction sector with the appointment of the Building Commissioner. We want to see a well-respected industry expert take the lead and make the case for reform, while actively supporting consumers and ensuring best practice, modern regulation of the property sector.”

The Commissioner will be responsible for ensuring a strong, vibrant property sector, which is responsive to the needs of property services professionals and ensures the highest compliance and professional standards for the benefits of consumers.

“Consumer protection is at the forefront of our agenda and we know the property sector supports this objective as well,” Mr Anderson said.