The move to clarify the definition of “home business” and “home industry” comes following confusion among business owners and the Uralla Shire Council around where they can trade in the council’s Local Environmental Plan.
Following the NSW government’s clarification, online retail sales can occur from homes across the whole state.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said small businesses across NSW, including those listed on Buy Regional, which last year banded together at the height of the drought to pack hundreds of Christmas hampers for Sydney businesses, can now confidently trade online in the lead-up to Christmas.
“Small businesses are the backbone of regional NSW, and many are home-based online stores and they need certainty about where and how they can trade,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Sydneysiders answered the call by supporting regional businesses during the drought, and online sales have boomed during COVID-19, so it’s important that businesses in Uralla, and across the whole state, not be excluded from selling goods to their online customers.
“After such an unpredictable and tumultuous year, it’s vital we provide certainty to communities who are doing it tough, and I’m thrilled we could make this happen just in time for Christmas.”
Minister for Small Business Damien Tudehope said small and home-based businesses made a valuable contribution to the NSW economy and now they can trade with some clarity.
“A lot of home-based and regional businesses rely on online trade, and we saw what a difference campaigns such as Buy Regional and Buy from the Bush made to them,” Mr Tudehope said.
“This is a way for all these businesses who have been doing it tough with drought, bushfires, floods and now COVID to continue to sell their products without the worry.”