Offensive Trades Regulation Review

Closed 31 Jul 2019

Opened 23 Apr 2019

Overview

The key focus of this review is to obtain stakeholder feedback on the most effective option for the management of public health risks associated with offensive trades in Western Australia (WA).

Please read the discussion paper entitled Managing public health risks associated with offensive trades in Western Australia before completing this survey.

The discussion paper outlines a number of options and recommendations for managing public health risks associated with offensive trades in WA. 

These options include:

  • Option A: Retain status quo in an updated framework. In this option the Department of Health (DOH) would attempt to replicate the current regulatory requirements as far as practicable.
  • Option B:  Repeal health legislation related to offensive trades in the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911 (Health (MP) Act) and develop model local laws & a guideline. In this option the DOH would repeal the current provisions related to offensive trades under the Health (MP) Act and develop model local laws with licensing/registration provisions specific to offensive trades under the Local Government Act 1995. This option would allow local governments to autonomously manage the public health risks and develop local laws according to the types of offensive trades in their districts.
  • Option C: Repeal the current provisions related to offensive trades in the Health (MP) Act and develop a guideline. This option would allow local governments to manage the public health risks from these businesses using the general public health duty (Part 3) along with the enforcement tools of the Public Health Act 2016 (Public Health Act). The guideline would provide assistance on how the general public health duty can be used by local governments.

The feedback obtained from this survey will be presented to the Department of Treasury's Better Regulation Unit to support the DOH's proposals for future management of this risk. 

The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. There are 6 questions. You do not have to comment on all of the questions, and can focus only on those areas that are important to you. If you would like to view the questions in full before beginning the survey, you can view the questions in PDF form here.

Unless marked as confidential, all correspondence will be regarded as public. Documents may be made available on the DOH website or viewed by members of the public on request. If you wish for your response to remain confidential please check the box at the beginning of the survey.

Why We Are Consulting

The key focus of this review is to obtain stakeholder feedback on the most effective option for the management of public health risks associated with offensive trades in Western Australia (WA). This paper analyses various options for managing the public health risks associated with offensive trades, including the potential advantages and disadvantages of each option for industry, consumers and government.

With the introduction of the Public Health Act in WA, environmental health legislation including the:

  • Health (Offensive Trades Fees) Regulations 1976 (Offensive Trades Regulations), 
  • Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911, Part VII, Division 2, Sections 186 – 198

is being reviewed and either repealed or replaced with new management strategies in accordance with the new regulatory framework.

You are welcome to provide additional feedback that may not be related to any of the questions, or options which have not been proposed in this review.

Please explain the reasons behind your suggestions and where possible, evidence to support your views, estimates of any costs that may relate to the proposal, and examples of solutions.

What Happens Next

After analysis of all submissions, a determination of which option to adopt, will be made.

Feedback from this review will also be submitted to the WA Better Regulation Unit, to support the preferred option.

Stakeholders will be emailed a summary paper.

Please email publichealthact@health.wa.gov.au if you have any queries.

Audiences

  • External Agencies
  • Royal St Staff
  • Public and Aboriginal Health Division
  • Students
  • HealthPathways
  • WA Health services and staff
  • State government agencies
  • Non-government organisations
  • Peak bodies and associations
  • Local governments
  • Research institutions
  • Universities
  • Contracted service providers
  • Aboriginal health
  • Health professionals
  • Health workforce
  • Primary Care
  • Researchers
  • Policy
  • Planning
  • Department of Health
  • Population Health
  • Prevention Professionals
  • Policy
  • Planning
  • Researchers
  • Academics
  • HealthPathways WA
  • External agencies

Interests

  • Feedback