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Say goodbye to single-use plastics

Say goodbye to single-use plastics


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NSW Government
What you need to know about the plastics ban

Dear Reader

The NSW Government is committed to reducing plastic litter across our state.

From 1 November these single-use plastic items will be banned:

  • straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates and bowls
  • expanded polystyrene food service items including clamshell containers, cups, plates and bowls
  • plastic cotton buds
  • personal care products containing plastic microbeads.

This means that from Tuesday 1 November, these items can no longer be supplied.

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No stamp duty option for first home buyers

No stamp duty option for first home buyers

The NSW Government has launched the First Home Buyer Choice calculator. This online tool will help eligible NSW first home buyers make an informed decision between paying upfront stamp duty or an annual property tax for properties purchased for up to $1.5 million.

Legislation has been introduced for the First Home Buyer Choice scheme. Register your interest to receive further updates about the scheme.

Find out more - stamp duty
Homeowners shaking hands with builder

Have your say on reforming building laws in NSW

The NSW Government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to building sector laws. The wide-ranging changes aim to ensure people can own, occupy and use compliant, safe and resilient buildings.

If you’re building or renovating your home, work or live in strata, or have an opinion on the building industry in NSW – we want to hear from you.

Help us better protect consumers, support businesses and workers, and improve confidence in the NSW building and construction industry. The consultation is open until 25 November 2022.

Have your say - building laws
couple standing outside their recently built home

Help us create an Interactive Building Guide

Building a home is a major life event and can be a complicated process.

We want to help you by making the process clearer and easier to understand with an Interactive Building Guide.

If you’ve built a home in NSW within the past three years, we want to hear from you.

Your feedback will help us shape the design and functionality of our Interactive Building Guide. The consultation is open until 11 November 2022.

Have your say - building guide
Japanese man staying at home because he has covid-19 symptoms

Changes to COVID-19 self-isolation rules

You no longer need to self-isolate if you test positive to COVID-19 but it is recommended you stay home until your acute symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever) have gone.

You may be infectious for up to 10 days and are most infectious in the 2 days just before your symptoms start and while you have acute symptoms. During this time, follow the testing positive advice.

If you must leave the house:

  • wear a mask when indoors and on public transport
  • avoid large gatherings and indoor crowded places
  • don’t visit people at high risk of severe illness, anyone in hospital, or an aged or disability care facility at least 7 days
  • talk to your employer about when you should return to the workplace.

If you have cold or flu symptoms, please stay home and get tested. If you’re eligible for COVID-19 antiviral medicines, it’s important to get tested as soon as you develop symptoms. Even if you get a negative COVID-19 test result, stay home while unwell so you don’t infect your loved ones and community.

Although it’s no longer mandatory to register a positive rapid antigen test, NSW Health asks people to voluntarily register with Service NSW as registration can help you access health and other support.

See updated COVID-19 advice
What to look out for when buying a pet

What to look out for when buying a pet

Buying a pet is an exciting time but sometimes pets can be sold with significant health issues or concerns.

You should know what questions to ask, what to do if something goes wrong and how to avoid online pet scams.

Find out more - pet
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