A Bill has been introduced into the NSW Parliament by the NSW Minister for Justice and Police that will, if passed, impose new obligations on scrap metal dealers.
The intent of the Scrap Metal Industry Bill 2016 is to help reduce property crime by closing off scrap metal dealers as a source of quick cash, by enabling transactions to be traced through the keeping of records by dealers and by increasing police powers of entry and inspection.
When introducing the Bill, the Minister referred to the unregulated and undocumented nature of the scrap metal industry in NSW and said that this had made scrap metal extremely attractive to criminals as a way to make some quick cash.
Under the Bill:
It is proposed that the Act, once passed, will be reviewed after three years of operation to determine whether it is meeting its objectives.
The Bill is currently in the Legislative Assembly awaiting the second reading speech debate. It is not clear at this stage when the Bill, if enacted, would come into force.