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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2224 ..


Budget 2018-2019—Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 20AB—Recommended appropriations—Copy of letters from the Speaker to the Treasurer regarding the—

Audit-General, dated 26 February 2018.

Electoral Commissioner, dated 25 May 2018.

Mr Barr presented the following papers:

Financial Management Act, pursuant to subsection 30F(3)—2017-18 Capital Works Program—Progress report—Year-to-date 31 March 2018.

Territory-owned Corporations Act, pursuant to subsection 19(3)—Statement of Corporate Intent—Icon Water—Business Strategy 2018-19 to 2021-22.

Building regulatory reforms—update

Paper and statement by minister

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (3.50): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Building Regulatory System—Reforms (Improving the ACT Building Regulatory System Review Status Report on actions with forward work plan), pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 21 March 2018.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: I am pleased to table the response to the Assembly resolution on Building regulatory system—Reforms (Improving the ACT Building Regulatory System Review Status Report on actions with a forward work plan). Further to the summary I provided to the Assembly in March, this report includes the status of each of the reforms and forward timing for the completion of remaining reforms. We are working to complete all of the reforms within the next two years, as anticipated under the budget allocation provided for the program in 2017-18.

As I mentioned in my previous update, some reforms that relate to security of payments were previously postponed after the Australian government announced its own review of security of payment systems across Australia. This includes some reforms on dispute resolution. On 21 May this year, the final report on the national security of payments review was released. It includes 86 recommendations, including detailed recommendations on a potential legislative model for adoption across all states and territories.

It also makes recommendations in relation to payment claims to residential owners from contractors, which are not currently included under the system. This has implications for dispute resolution systems for residential building work that need to be considered further. The ACT's legislation is based on the New South Wales law.


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