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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Friday, 8 October 2021) . . Page.. 2971 ..


nothing new for older Canberrans. I believe that, more than ever before, our seniors need to be supported and prioritised by this government. We spoke about this during the debate on Mr Braddock’s motion yesterday. The seniors organisations in the ACT do a fantastic job but they cannot do it alone and they need support to be able to support all of their members and constituents. I genuinely appreciate the minister’s words today, but I fear that they are just words. This government could actually start to deliver for older Canberrans—walk the talk, rather than just talk the talk.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning and Unit Titles Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

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) (10.53): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Planning and Unit Titles Legislation Amendment Bill 2021. This bill is part of the government’s regular program of omnibus bills that make technical amendments to keep our statute book up to date. Importantly, it contains a specific measure to increases the COVID-19 safe practicality of endorsing unit titles applications electronically.

The bill that I present to the Assembly today contains minor policy and procedural amendments to legislation administered by the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate and the Justice and Community Safety Directorate. This bill amends the Unit Titles Regulation 2001, the Planning and Development Act 2007 and the Land Titles Act 1925. The technical amendments relate to the process for endorsing unit titles applications; administrative procedures for land management agreements; and the requirements for registering a building management statement.

I will now discuss the provisions in the bill. As I have briefly outlined, the bill amends the Unit Titles Regulation 2001—the Unit Titles Regulation—to streamline the process for endorsing unit titles applications. At present, section 9 of the Unit Titles Regulation requires a unit titles application to be submitted, and subsequently managed, as a hard copy set of documents. The current process to approve a unit titles application requires the planning and land authority to provide a physical copy of all the documents to the applicant for them to physically sign every sheet of paper. The applicant then returns this hard copy of the endorsed plans for final checking and sign-off by the planning and land authority. The hard copy of approved unit titles plans is scanned by the authority for the files and subsequently returned to the


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