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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2021) . . Page.. 1946 ..


MS VASSAROTTI: I was just getting to the fact that a range of services are provided by organisations when they see that there is a need in the community. The Sleepbus initiative is one that the ACT government has not been approached to support. We encourage a range of organisations to respond, but we do not have a specific position on the Sleepbus. We do encourage organisations to respond and to connect with the rest of the homelessness sector.

Building—licensing scheme

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction. Minister, thank you for your previous answer on the status of the development of a property developer licensing scheme, including scoping work and discussions with industry stakeholders. Can you please provide a further update on where that work is up to, with specific reference to time frames you are working to, so that developers, construction workers and buyers can have greater confidence in the sector?

MS VASSAROTTI: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. Yes, I can give an update in terms of the specifics of some of the work we have been doing and what the time frames are in terms of moving forward. As I noted when we spoke about this in the Assembly previously, I know that EPSDD had undertaken some initial policy and regulatory analysis and worked out some of the key issues that will need to be further considered and resolved.

As part of this, we know that we need to do work with industry stakeholders to address some of these key issues, such as what definitions we are working to, some of the complex legal and corporate structures that we need to look at, as well as any new laws that we need to be more effective. Due to this, we are currently working on engaging a consultant to assist, particularly with working through some of these issues, as well as some of the stakeholder engagement.

In terms of the time frames and anticipated staging for the development of the scheme, in the third and fourth quarter this year, we will be engaging a consultant. We will be doing some of the further policy and regulatory analysis, as well as some specifically targeted consultation. In the first and second quarter of 2022, we will work on a legislative model, and we will be presenting that to government for consideration, with further consultation with stakeholders around some of the key implementation matters, as well as drafting the legislation. We would expect that in the third to fourth quarter of 2022 we will introduce legislation and pass it and for the new provisions to commence.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, could you please expand on what the key issues are that you are trying to address with the property developer licensing scheme?

MS VASSAROTTI: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. The key thing that we are really trying to look at in terms of property developer licensing is around ensuring that there is appropriate accountability and there is visibility in terms of who consumers are dealing with when they are entering into some of the biggest investments in their


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