Page 510 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 22 March 2023

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video

Alongside the bill, and really importantly, the government is investing in new services and supports. We are establishing the variation in sex characteristics unit at the Canberra Hospital, with specialist staff, to support people with variations and to support their families. We are boosting our commitment to peer support services and we are providing new training packages for health professionals.

The government recognises that there have been many advances in medicine over recent decades, including greater treatment choices and better recognition of the importance of providing options for intersex people to defer treatment. This bill strikes an appropriate balance between ensuring that medical professionals can provide timely and best practice care and support, and ensuring that intersex people, their carers and families feel informed and, most importantly, feel supported in their journey to make the right decisions about their own bodies and their own medical treatments. With all of my heart, I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Ms Castley) adjourned to the next sitting.

Unit Titles Legislation Amendment Bill 2023

Mr Gentleman, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.02): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Unit Titles Legislation Amendment Bill 2023. The unit titles reform project commenced in 2016. The aim of the project is to look at unit title laws and policies and how they can be improved to better support those who live, work and invest in the ACT, and, in particular, to deal capably with mixed-use developments. Extensive consultation with stakeholder groups was undertaken in 2016-17 to identify key issues, followed by an internal government review.

The reforms are being progressed in two stages. Stage 1 of the reforms, outlined in the Unit Titles Legislation Amendment Act 2020, commenced in November 2020. This act introduced several positive changes for unit owners and prospective buyers. These included better decision-making processes for owners corporations to deal with financial matters and rules; improved disclosure requirements for buyers of off-the-plan units, including more information up-front and updates when important details in the development change; new requirements for building maintenance to make it clearer to owners and buyers what their responsibilities are; and encouraging more pet-friendly units plans, with improved pet rules and streamlining arrangements for assistance animals.

Further improvements to the unit titles laws were also made in the Planning and Unit Titles Legislation Amendment Bill 2020, which included some minor amendments to

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video