NEW SOUTH WALES USEFUL CONTACTS
This link has a extensive list of JPs for the Penrith area
NSW Business Chamber Alliance Program
Western Sydney Business Centre
The Western Sydney Business Centre has been operating locally for 30 years years, specialising in business advice and training services for start up and existing businesses. Our Centre also offers workshops and training to develop and refresh skills, learn new business strategies, upskill employees and innovate your business and most are offered free of charge.
Retail Tenancy Unit
NSW Small Business
Australian Retailers Association
Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)
Exposes and minimises corruption in the NSW public sector through investigation, corruption prevention and education This site is part of the ICAC’s educational role. Information here is particularly relevant to those working in or dealing with the NSW public sector.
Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW (IPART)
Sets maximum prices and undertakes pricing reviews of monopoly services supplied by NSW government agencies. It regulates natural gas pricing and third party access to gas networks; undertakes general reviews of industry, pricing or competition; registers agreements for access to public infrastructure assets and arbitrates disputes about such agreements.
Provides quick and easy access to plain language legal information (including resources in community languages) and related assistance services in NSW. A legal topic index can be used to find resources on different areas of the law such as family law, drink driving and domestic violence. Resources can be searched by language, keyword and other methods.
Office of Industrial Relations
The office provides information about industrial relations issues such as award wages and working conditions.
Safework NSW manages the state’s workplace safety, injury management, and workers compensation systems.
FEDERAL USEFUL CONTACTS
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
An independent statutory authority, the Commission administers the Trade Practices Act 1974 and the Iand has additional responsibilities under other legislation.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
Ensures fair play in business, protects investors and consumers, prevents corporate crime and helps Australia’s business reputation. Formerly called the Australian Securities Commission.
Commonwealth Ombudsman – Australia
Investigates complaints about Commonwealth government departments’ and agencies’ (including Australia Post) actions to see if they are unlawful, wrong, unjust or discriminatory.
The Commonwealth Government’s one-stop-shop for consumer protection in Australia.
Department of the Treasury Competition and Consumer Policy Division
Ensures consumers’ interests and rights are recognised and accepted in Australia. It is also responsible for the implementation of service charters, consumer law, product safety, consumer policy and consumer information.
Responsible for granting rights in patents, trademarks and designs in Australia.
Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs
The Council consists of all commonwealth, state, territory and New Zealand ministers responsible for fair trading, consumer protection laws, trade measurement and credit laws. Its role is to consider consumer affairs and fair trading matters of strategic national significance and, where appropriate, develop a consistent approach within the framework of an agreed Strategic National Consumer Affairs Agenda.
National Competition Council
The Council administers some aspects of the National Competition Policy (NCP) reforms, assesses governments’ progress in implementing the reforms, advises on areas where more work is needed and provides public information on the NCP process generally.
National Standards Commission
Responsible for advising government on the scientific, technical and legislative requirements of Australia’s national measurement system, and has specific responsibilities for coordinating the national measurement system, ensuring that trade measurement instruments comply with international and national legal metrology standards, and for the completion of metrication.
Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner
Their purpose is to promote an Australian culture that respects privacy. The Office has responsibilities under the federal Privacy Act 1988 and provides information to individuals about their privacy rights, and to Commonwealth and ACT government agencies, credit providers, credit reporting agenices, and private sector organisations, on how to comply with the Privacy Act and related legislation. The Office also issues guidelines to promote best practice in privacy standards and principles, investigates complaints, and conducts audits.
Postal Industry Ombudsman
The Postal Industry Ombudsman (PIO) is an independent body that investigates complaints about the postal industry. The PIO investigates complaints about any postal operators that register with the scheme. Registration is voluntary. Currently, the Office of Fair Trading handles complaints about NSW postal operators and will continue to look at complaints about postal operators who do not register with the PIO.
Product Recalls Australia
Provides up-to-date information to consumers about product recalls and allows information to be shared between regulators. Co-ordinated by the Consumer Affairs Division of the Department of Treasury.
Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce Constitution