New Mobile Camera Detection Laws in NSW

New mobile camera dectection laws in nsw

New technology will see speed camera style technology used to detect illegal mobile phone use, as part of a huge crackdown on NSW roads from July 1, 2018.

The Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Road Safety) Act 2018 No 15 will provide the power for offences to be remotely monitored, alongside existing NSW Police infringements.

Drivers who are caught using a mobile phone while driving will receive a fine of $330 and will lose 4 demerit points. If drivers are caught using a mobile phone when driving in a school zone, the fine increases to $439. All mobile phone offences are also subject to double demerits penalties.

Once the camera detects that a person has been found to be using a phone whilst driving, the footage will be reviewed manually prior to an infringement notice being issued.

The revenue raised from the camera detection technology will be paid into the Community RoadSafety Fund, which allows community organisations to develop road safety projects in their local areas. Such projects include:

  • Driver mentoring assistance for disadvantaged youth;
  • Awareness campaign targeting driveway safety;
  • Road safety workshops targeting culturally and linguistically diverse communities; and
  • Road safety seminar series and newly arrived migrants.

It has been reported that during an initial test on Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, the new system detected 750 drivers in six hours. This is contrasted with NSW Police having issued less than 100 infringements per week using the current methods.

In justifying the new technology NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, reported that from 2012 to 2017 there were 184 crashes involving illegal mobile phone use and those crashes resulted in seven deaths and 105 injuries.

The new mobile phone laws will come into place on NSW roads from July 1, 2018.

Safework NSW – Are you at Risk?

safework nsw - are you at risk?

Safework are out in force inspecting Return to Work Programs -are you sure your return to work Programs complies with the new SIRA Guidelines? It is important that every business is aware of their WHS obligations.


You may not be meeting your workers compensation obligations.

Check if you are a category 1 or category 2 employer.

Ask yourself:

  • Is your ‘If you get injured at work’ poster displayed prominently in the workplace?
  • Do you have a compliant customised Return to Work Program?
  • Do your workers understand the Return to Program and what to do following an injury?
  • Do you have a competent Return to Work Coordinator?
  • Do you keep and maintain a register of injuries?
  • If your injured worker is back at work, do they have a Return to Work plan? And a rehab provider (if needed)?
  • If your worker is not back at work, do you have an action plan consistent with the Recover@Work


You need to contact SS&T now to discuss if you are meeting your WHS obligations.

Have you had a worker injury in the last couple of years? If so, chances are Safework may be stopping by to see you!


Are you confident you are meeting the minimum WHS requirements as an employer?

Get it done now to avoid potential notices and even fines!

We can do a Return to Work audit on your procedures for as little as $999 (exc GST)

Mark Bouris reveals traits of struggling firms

Mark Bouris reveals common traits of struggling firms

With his TV series The Mentor now wrapped up, multimillionaire businessman Mark Bouris has shared some insights into the factors shared by all of the struggling businesses he sought to turn around.

Mr Bouris revealed that The Mentor received 3,500 applications from businesses across Australia, in just two weeks. The purpose of the show, he said, was to scale the questions that everyone in business should be asking themselves, particularly when times get tough. Those questions include some of the following:

Is help really available?

“I guess the first part of all this is about letting [business] people know that there are people out there who want to help … the deal is you’ve got to find someone who suits you,” Mr Bouris said.

Having said that, Mr Bouris suggested “there was no such thing” as a mentor when he started out in business. Instead, he said he proactively sought to work with people who both inspired and challenged him.

“These days [mentorship] is more of a concept and it’s more of an acceptable practice,” he said.

“When I started out, you never asked for help from anybody for anything — especially men. You don’t say you have a weakness.

“Today, the world has evolved. It’s not a weakness, it’s just asking for someone to share something they have learned. We live in a sharing world now.”

What am I doing wrong?

According to Mr Bouris, the common issues he saw among the businesses he worked with on the show and others he has seen more widely, particularly among family businesses, result from a failure to act as businesspeople and implement business-minded ways of working. These problems, he said, include:

  • A lack of structure
  • A lack of business systems and processes
  • Not holding regular planning and strategy meetings
  • Failing to keep proper records
  • Being underinsured

The risk of such problems is miscommunication, a susceptibility to risks and an inability to raise funds from investors or lenders.

“I think people go into business because they think it’s a lifestyle that they’re going to achieve, or they were a good mechanic or a good skilled tradesperson [for example] and they just think that they’ll be good in business doing that. But there’s a difference between being a good plumber and being in the business of plumbing… they’re two different things.

“So that’s the issue: they don’t know the difference. It’s subtle, but massive [in its implications].”

Where is the line between seeking help and calling it quits?

When business leaders hit rock bottom, the gruelling choice arises of whether to implement drastic change to turnaround the business and its fortunes — usually with the help of additional funding — or to call it quits.

For Mr Bouris, this is a decision that is best made not by the business owners themselves, but in conjunction with an external view of the situation.

“I think you do need someone — a coach, a mentor, an adviser, whatever you want to call it — but you do need someone to give you an external view,” he said.

“I really do think it’s nearly impossible for someone — unless they’re bankrupt, that’s different — but if they’re struggling, you need to have another set of eyes on it.

“Because when you’re in a struggle, you’re working in it, not working on it: you’re just putting out bushfires all day long, and you need someone to come in who has got no emotion about it, hasn’t got their arse on the line and can actually give you a high quality, independent, distant view.”

However, such advice is designed not to give the answers to the problems, but to flag the questions the business owner should be asking of themselves and their business, Mr Bouris said.

“You’ll come to the conclusion yourself,” he said.

What is the best piece of advice a business owner can receive?

Mr Bouris doesn’t waste time when it comes to offering the most crucial piece of advice he has ever come across in business.

“Know what your business purpose is,” he said emphatically.

“If you’re baking bread, you’re not [just] baking bread: you’re baking, nurturing and nourishment. If you’re selling coffee, you’re not selling coffee: you’re selling warmth and comfort and whatever else is associated with drinking a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. If you’re selling mobile phones, you’re not selling a little black box: you’re selling people’s social life and their ability to connect with communities, which is fundamentally important for us. If you’re selling a home loan, you’re providing to people the ability to fulfil their hopes and dreams.

“So know the purpose of the business you’re in: what is the purpose that people are coming to you for, not what you think you’re providing — that is irrelevant. What is the basic fundamental emotion that you are satisfying?”

What lessons has Mr Bouris himself learned the hard way?

Given the advice he imparted on other business leaders, and having noted that “making mistakes are part of the experience. But the mistakes I made are part of my fabric, so I’m not sure I’d change them.”

Those key mistakes, Mr Bouris said, are ones that are no doubt familiar to virtually everyone starting out in business.

“Spending before I earn, and giving up day jobs and cash flow to chase your dream,” he said.

“You’ve got to try and match your spending with your earning if you’re in a new venture.”

5 Misconceptions About Insurance Exposures


Workers Comp Insurance will cover me for a SafeWork investigation

Workers Comp insurance will cover you for injuries to your employees. It will cover medical expenses, loss of wages and (if unable to return to work) redeployment costs. If, however SafeWork investigate your business due to a workplace incident or accident, or a Safety Complaint made by an employee or third party, you may incur legal representation and defense costs and may even be prosecuted or fined. These expenses can be crippling to a business and are insurable under Management Liability insurance.

Long time employees can be trusted and rarely engage in fraud

In most circumstances internal fraud is committed with those given the freedom and authority to do so. I.e. Long-term employees whom are trusted. 60 percent of frauds committed against commercial businesses were perpetrated by ‘insiders’. They generally have tenure in excess of 5 years. Best practice fraud controls go a long way in reducing the likelihood of experiencing a loss, however cannot always prevent it. For this reason, crime or fidelity insurance exists to bridge the gap between what you can control and what you can’t.

Employment obligations start the day that I hire someone

Not necessarily. Equal employment opportunity obligations commence when someone applies to be hired by you. If a person believes they were discriminated against as part of the hiring process they may make a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission which could give rise to legal action against your business.

There needs to be a Safety incident for regulators to investigate or audit my business

SafeWork and SIRA can come into your business and review the adequacy of your insurance policies and your safety systems. Random SIRA audits or reviews can happen to anyone in the same way as a tax audit and can result in fines and penalties. Sometimes businesses mistakenly supply incorrect information because they misunderstand the factors used to calculate a workers compensation policy in relation to the make-up of their business. In other cases employers or their broker forget to update a policy when business changes occur. Whether it is intentional or an oversight, you can still be penalised.

SafeWork can also investigate your business in the absence of a notifiable incident. This will usually occur as a result of a safety complaint (raising a health and safety issue) or alternatively during a compliance campaign.


If I don’t know what I am allowed to do, I’m better doing nothing at all

Omissions are considered to be as serious as errors when it comes to the law. If you are not sure of any of your obligations, the best thing you can do is seek advice from your lawyer, accountant or insurance broker. Doing nothing, under most legislation, is tantamount to a breach.