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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (24 October) . .

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The criteria include but are not limited to grounds for registering; applying a condition to or refusing to register a standard guarantee contract; a matter that must be included in, or excluded from, a commercial guarantee; requirements in relation to reporting on, record keeping for and the administration of commercial guarantees; if a person has registered a standard guarantee contract, information that the person must give to another person before entering into a commercial guarantee with the other person; and amending, renewing, ending or suspending the registration of a standard guarantee contract. These provisions will not require each individual contractual relationship to be registered. The registration will be of a type of contract, the standard guarantee contract, that will be offered by the provider. This regulation will be in place within the next six months.

The third and final schedule of the bill will allow for the introduction of an online rental bonds system. This is an exciting innovation for Canberra and a significant move forward for tenants and landlords. I am advised that many property managers will also welcome its introduction. This system will allow property managers and lessors to lodge rental bonds online and greatly reduce the manual handling of rental bonds. Further development of this system will allow refunds to be processed electronically through it. The new system will improve record keeping and efficiency, reducing the time it takes to both lodge and refund a bond. This will benefit both landlords and tenants and bring the ACT rental bonds system up to best practice standards across Australia. This system will still allow for the use of paper-based forms for those who do not have access to technology.

The experience of renting in Canberra is rapidly changing. As last week's summit demonstrates, the government is listening and listening well to the community and is committed to providing a fair and equitable rental sector. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Utilities Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Debate resumed from 21 September 2017, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.19): The Utilities Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 makes changes to the Utilities Act 2000 and the Utilities (Technical Regulation) Act 2014. These changes insert a general regulation-making power into each act that will enable classes of services to be removed from the regulatory schemes if certain conditions are met. A second set of amendments provides for the first use of the


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