Changes to bookmaking for Melbourne Cup day charitable events – CBS news

As a result of Simplify Day, licensed bookmakers no longer need a permit from CBS to take bets for Melbourne Cup day charity functions.

The Liquor and Gambling Commissioner published a notice in the SA Government Gazette on 24 October 2017 to allow licensed bookmakers to take bets at charitable fundraising events on  Melbourne Cup day, the first Tuesday of November of every year.

Special one-off arrangements have been put in place for this year’s Melbourne Cup day on Tuesday 7 November 2017. Organisers of future charitable events on Melbourne Cup day will need to contact The SA Bookmakers League on (08) 7070 2710 to use a licenced bookmaker.

Any licensed bookmaker that does not comply with the conditions in the Commissioner’s notice will be subject to disciplinary action.

Read the signed gazetted notice (PDF 629KB)

Commercial property exemptions

The exemptions seek to remove unnecessary regulation for certain commercial land agents.

Land agents will be exempt from requirements under the Land Agents Act 1994 when acting on behalf of:

  • a large commercial property owner or
  • an affiliated entity.

The exemptions apply whether the land agent is performing duties relating to buying, selling or managing property on behalf of the entity.

The exemptions are exclusive to commercial real estate.  They do not include residential or rural land – eg agricultural or horticultural.

Commercial real estate definitions

A large commercial property owner owns any property that has:

  • an aggregate market value of $10 million or more or
  • an aggregate gross floor area of 10,000 square metres or more.

An affiliated entity in relation to a person means:

  • an entity that is controlled by the person – ie the person can determine financial and operating policies of the second entity or
  • a related entity to a body corporate, such as a director, another body corporate with the same directors or a beneficiary under a trust.

Who exemptions apply to

For the exemptions to apply, the land agent must be performing work on behalf of a large commercial property owner or an affiliated entity of the land agent.

If they do not perform work exclusively on behalf of these entities, they must still hold a registration.

When exemptions commenced

The exemptions were announced by the state government as part of its inaugural Simplify Day on 15 November 2016 to reduce red tape for business.

The exemptions, through the Land Agents (Simplify No 2) Variation Regulations 2017 commenced on 1 November 2017.


Some transactions relating to purchasing, selling or managing land or business fall outside the original intent of the Act.  For example, a large shopping centre managing and leasing its own stores or a private sale, such as a once-off sale of a residential home or office building.

The development of more complex organisational corporate structures have led to increased regulatory burden, where it may not have been envisaged.

These developments have hindered large commercial property owners, where they must engage a registered land agent (or their representative must obtain a registration) – only to be afforded the same protections as a person selling their home.

The exemptions aim to alleviate the regulatory burden on the commercial property sector by removing the unnecessary regulation of affiliated entities that do not require protection from themselves and large commercial property owners that do not require protections that are surpassed by more complex legal and contractual arrangements.

Examples of exemptions

A large international conglomerate is seeking to invest and undertake development in the central business district, which involves the sale and purchase of certain land and business. The entity contracts a third party with which it has long standing and reputable dealings with internationally.  Under these exemptions, the third party will not be required to be a registered land agent to perform real estate work on behalf of the entity, as it meets the threshold of a large commercial property owner.

A commercial shopping centre engages a third party to manage the retailers’ commercial leases. If the shopping centre performed this work, they would not require registration.  However, the owner has engaged a third party – a subsidiary of the owner – to manage the leases.  The third party is not required to be registered as it is an affiliated entity of the owner.  The shopping centre may also be large enough to be deemed a large commercial property owner.

What is needed from 1 November 2017

You are exempt from the requirements under the Act, including registration, only when performing real estate work on behalf of affiliated entities or large commercial property owners.

If you exclusively perform real estate work on behalf of such entities, you may wish to consider whether or not you retain your land agent’s registration. If you surrender your registration and then wish to undertake work for an entity that does not meet the thresholds, you will need to reapply and satisfy the registration criteria.


Trading round cancelled – CBS news

Having found an error in the trading round process, the Commissioner has determined to cancel the trading round TR14/2017.

Offers that have been made in this trading round are not effective. Consumer and Business Services will be refunding all administration fees and will be returning any payments received.

A fresh trading round will be commenced shortly.

More information will be published in due course. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact Mr Robert Templeton, Director Licensing and Registration on 08 8226 8486.

Residential parks reform – CBS news

Legislation has been introduced into Parliament to amend the Residential Parks Act 2007 (the Act).

The Act regulates the relationship between residential park owners and people who live in parks as their principal place of residence.  It was originally designed to address issues arising from people living in caravan parks in moveable, inexpensive structures on sites rented from the park owner.

The types of residential parks that have developed since the commencement of the Act are unlike those envisioned by the legislation. Some residential parks in South Australia offer purely long term living in constructed or manufactured homes, while others are a mix of tourist accommodation with dedicated areas for residential living.  The types of dwellings in these parks range from caravans with annexes to transportable and manufactured homes.

The Government released a discussion paper in March 2016 to consult on ways to improve the current laws. Feedback from that discussion paper highlighted concerns around the insecurity of tenure, and absence of any legislative requirement for disclosure of information, or compensation for residents.

The Residential Parks (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2017, introduced into Parliament on 28 September, would see a fairer and more transparent system for residential park residents and owners. The Bill aims to strike a balance between protecting the rights of residents and the investment in their homes, and the interests of park owners to support the growth of their parks. – a copy of the Bill as introduced into Parliament

Second Reading Speech providing an overview of the Bill


Property management reforms – CBS news

The South Australian Government will introduce property management registration.

An employee of a registered land agent performing residential or commercial property management will be required to be registered as a property manager.

The Land Agents (Registration of Property Managers and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2017 was passed by the South Australian Parliament on 28 September 2017.

Future consultation

  • Qualifications for the new property manager registration will be finalised in the later stages of these reforms.
  • Further consideration will be given to the proposed Code of Conduct announced by the State Government, in consultation with industry.
  • A transitional period will be provided to ensure industry participants have sufficient time to comply with any new requirements.

Previous updates on property manager reforms

February 2017 update (PDF 109KB)

Media releases

Dodgy residential property managers on notice

Clock ticking on dodgy property managers

Takata airbags – compulsory recall proposed

A compulsory recall of all vehicles with defective Takata airbags has been proposed, following a safety investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Faulty Takata airbags have caused serious injuries and deaths. A design flaw with the inflator components means that they may deteriorate and misdeploy in an incident, causing metal fragments to propel out of the airbag.

A voluntary recall by suppliers has been in place since 2009, however only 38% of affected vehicles have had airbag inflators replaced. This leaves more than 1.5 million vehicles with potentially dangerous Takata airbags still on the road, putting consumers at risk.

Consumers are strongly urged to check whether their vehicle has been recalled to replace defective Takata airbags. The recall affects a large number of car makes and models, and a small number of motorcycles and trucks.

It is critical that drivers with alpha airbags installed take immediate steps to have the airbags replaced as these pose the highest safety risk. Drivers with other recalled airbags should arrange for them to be replaced as soon as possible.

More information about the consultation process for the proposed compulsory recall is available at

Proposed recall notice

More information

Creating a fairer marketplace for Indigenous people – CBS news




Consumer protection agencies from across Australia have joined forces to launch the National Indigenous Consumer Strategy (NICS) Action Plan 2017–2019.

The Action Plan outlines a set of national priorities and areas to improve outcomes for Indigenous consumers. Fairness is at the heart of the plan as Indigenous consumers, particularly those living in remote areas, continue to face challenges in asserting their consumer rights.

The priority areas for the next three years are:

Priority area

Key areas of focus

Trading practices

Door to door sales and telemarketing


Improving awareness


Rights and responsibilities in the private rental market

Consumer directed care

Consumers with disability and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Motor vehicles

Consumer and dealer rights and obligations

Financial services

Credit contracts and consumer leases

NICS members, which consist of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), state/territory consumer affairs agencies and the Indigenous Consumer Action Network, will be driving the implementation of these priorities.

Read the full National Indigenous Consumer Strategy Action Plan 2017–2019.


Australia Post Keypass – new design

Australia Post have updated the design of the Keypass ID card. Make sure licensed venue staff are aware.

The Keypass card is a valid ID used to verify proof of age and identity throughout Australia and is valid for 5 years. It is a common ID used by patrons over 18 years of age to enter licensed premises or to purchase liquor.

The design of the card was updated in October 2017 and venues throughout South Australia will see patrons presenting both the old and new cards as an accepted form of ID.

Licensees need to ensure staff are aware of the change in design and the continued acceptance of both the new and old Keypass cards.

The newly released cards display the exact same identity details as the previous design including customer name, date of birth, the person’s photo, residential address and unique Keypass card number for authenticity.

Old Keypass (prior to 2/10/17)                           New Keypass (from 2/10/17)

For more information about Keypass, see the Australia Post website.