NSW Impounding Act Review

NSW Impounding Act Review

The NSW Government has announced the first comprehensive review of laws enabling local councils to protect their communities from safety hazards caused by abandoned items in public places.

The review of the Impounding Act will help ensure communities are protected from nuisances and hazards caused by rogue shopping trolleys, boat trailers, share bikes and e-scooters.

The NSW Impounding Act was introduced 25 years ago to help councils and public land managers enforce the impounding of abandoned and unattended items and animals left in public spaces.

The Act has been changed to address specific issues caused by share bikes and boat trailers, however, this comprehensive review aims to future-proof communities from emerging technologies and our ever-changing use of public spaces.

The review will look at ensuring local councils, State agencies managing public land and police have strong laws to protect communities from nuisances and safety hazards caused by abandoned and unattended items in public places.

Local councils and other interested parties are encouraged to lodge a submission by 20 March 2020 to help inform the review.

A comprehensive discussion paper and more information on how to lodge a submission can be found here.