Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 12 May 2021) . . Page.. 1369 ..
We are looking at some key policy areas because this is actually something that does not exist in any other jurisdiction in Australia; so we are really starting from scratch. We are looking at what an appropriate definition of a property developer is, what the interactions are between different parties that are involved in projects, and instances where a builder and a property developer might be the same thing, as well as looking at what accountability mechanisms currently exist in law.
We have commenced discussions with industry in relation to that. We have been talking particularly with the Building Regulations Advisory Committee to get feedback from industry about how this might work and for working at that policy level in terms of what the next steps are.
MR PETTERSSON: Minister, when can the community expect the scheme to be established?
MS VASSAROTTI: Thank you, Mr Pettersson, for the question. Because we are doing this scoping work we are absolutely committed to introducing the scheme within this term. In terms of the complexity of the task, this scoping work will give us a really good understanding of when we will be introducing the new scheme.
MS ORR: Minister, how will a developer licensing scheme ensure quality and accountability in the industry?
MS VASSAROTTI: Thank you, Ms Orr, for the question. In the answer I talked about accountability, and what we really are looking at is ensuring that appropriate accountability sits with the appropriate people. We have licences that are in place for elements such as builders. What we are looking to do is identify appropriate accountability for different parts within the system. A key element of this is actually understanding the relationships in the building process and who is responsible for what, being able to provide information to clients and also the regulator, and also a mechanism that, if there is something that has gone wrong, we actually have levers to ensure that a property developer is a fit and proper person and we are able to respond if there are issues.
MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for City Services. Minister, I refer to traffic management concerns around two developments on Cynthea Teague Crescent and Oakden Street in Greenway. I also asked you about this during question time on 31 March. Residents’ requests for traffic management measures during construction have been declined; however, those requested by the developers were approved. Why the double standard?
MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I am, of course, aware and I did respond to Ms Lawder in relation to the questions that she asked me previously in question time. It is something that we continue, through Transport Canberra, City Services and other directorates, to discuss with the developer and we are looking at how we can deal particularly with the parking issues associated with the increase in