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Under the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement, the Government has committed to removing the ability of a landlord to evict a tenant for no cause. This reform is being progressed through policy development stages, and amendments to the RTA to remove the no cause termination provision will be brought forward within the next 12 months. This reform will mean that landlords will only be able to terminate a periodic tenancy where there is an identified and genuine reason under the Act. This important reform will significantly increase security of tenure for renters in the ACT but does not completely remove a landlord’s ability to use their property if they can establish one of the permitted grounds for termination.
In addition to this reform, the Government is also considering amendments to make it easier for tenants to grow food and compost, to regulate rent bidding, and to introduce a framework for the introductions of minimum housing standards.
Together, these reforms will strengthen tenant’s rights in the Territory in a meaningful and measured way. As these reforms are progressed, I encourage Canberrans to have their say to ensure the final reforms reflect the needs of the ACT community.
More information about upcoming residential tenancy reforms can be found at https://yoursayconversations.act.gov.au/expanding-rights-renters.
Braddon Park—upgrades—petitions 2-22 and 14-22
By Mr Steel, Minister for Transport and City Services, dated 28 July 2022, in response to petitions lodged by Ms Lee on 3 May 2022, concerning the upgrading of Braddon Park.
The response read as follows:
Dear Mr Duncan
Thank you for your letter of 3 May 2022 regarding petitions 2-22 and 14-22, lodged by Ms Elizabeth Lee MLA. The petitions seek a citizen-led upgrade of Braddon Park, Lowanna Street in Braddon.
The ACT Government continues to invest in new and upgraded facilities across the Canberra region through our record program of suburban infrastructure upgrades. We have a strong track record of listening to the community as we deliver these upgrades, which include new and improved play spaces, sporting facilities, footpaths, seating, lighting and other important suburban infrastructure.
All requests for improvements to Canberra parks and play spaces are assessed and prioritised annually. Play spaces are considered for future improvements taking account of factors such as demand, demographics, equity, sustainability, co-location and availability of funding. This process ensures that investments in public spaces are suitably targeted and meet the needs of all Canberrans.
In May 2022, the ACT Government released the ACT Play Space Strategy following community engagement and consultation. The Strategy provides a clear vision, supported by key principles, objectives and actions to guide the future planning, delivery and management of play spaces in the ACT. It seeks to ensure an equitable, inclusive, diverse and engaging mix of play opportunities