Delta Force Paintball is pleased to pass on today’s announcement from the Australasian Paintball Association (AUPBA) – after 10 years of lobbying and campaigning, the paintball industry reform in NSW has been officially approved and will come into effect at a yet-to-be-determined date.
The key points from this Cabinet approval include:
- The NSW government has agreed to modernise the regulatory structure and reduce red tape for the paintball industry, while maintaining robust public safety controls.
- The Government intends to introduce legislation in 2018-19 which will give effect to the new regulatory scheme.
- Under the new scheme, responsibility for regulating the industry will transfer from NSW Police to the Department of Finance, Service and Innovation (DFSI). There is expected to be a reduction in the minimum age for players, and streamlining of the permit system. Consumer protection and community safety remain two of the highest priorities for the government and these considerations underpin any legislative changes.
- It will take some time after the legislation passes the NSW Parliament to commence the new regulatory scheme – DFSI will need to put in place to the new IT infrastructure to support the scheme, and venues will need to ensure that public liability insurance, working with children checks and work health and safety systems are updated to prepare for these changes.
- DFSI looks forward to continuing to work with industry during the transition phase.
More details can be found in the AUPBA Press Release with all the exciting improvements for paintball enthusiasts across NSW. Delta Force Paintball looks forward to playing our part in welcoming the new era of paintball and continuing to make our great sport accessible to a wide range of the community.
Stay tuned to our website and social media platforms for updates. With parliamentary processes to take place, the new legislation may take effect in late 2018 or early 2019. But the good news is it is definitely happening, it is just a matter of when.