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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Friday, 8 October 2021) . . Page.. 2974 ..


management statement. These include amendments to the Civil Law (Property) Act 2006, the Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Act 2003, the Unit Titles Act 2001 and the Unit Titles (Management) Act 2011. The bill includes a number of amendments to definitions to clarify who a building management statement applies to and improve wording consistency within the legislation. Amendments have been made to who can apply for approval of a building management statement in order to capture all the relevant people that may lodge the application, recognising that this may be done by parties other than the building lessees, such as managers, developers or lawyers.

Further, the bill clarifies the approval process undertaken by the planning and land authority for building management statements by making it clear that the statement must address specific information. However, the adequacy of these statements will not be scrutinised by the planning and land authority. This recognises the unique and individual nature of a building management statement and that a standard assessment approach is not practicable, as no two building management statements will be alike.

Finally, the bill also removes the requirement for notification and review of decisions. This is a direct result of the fact that, as there is no assessment of the adequacy of the content of a building management statement, there are no grounds for an applicant to seek a merits review of a decision based on the adequacy of the statement. So long as a building management statement addresses all the formal requirements that must be included by the legislation, the application will be approved. These changes do not impact on a building lessee’s right to seek the assistance of ACAT if there is a dispute relating to a building management statement.

In summary, this bill makes amendments that will improve, clarify and streamline legislation that relates to unit titles, land management agreements and building management statements. While the amendments in the bill are minor in nature, the changes they make are necessary and worthwhile improvements to the ACT statute book. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Parton) adjourned to the next sitting.

Territory rights—federal government

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (11.07): I, and also on behalf of Mr Rattenbury, move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) all Australian state parliaments have passed legislation to establish a voluntary assisted dying (VAD) scheme, except New South Wales;

(b) a VAD bill is expected to be introduced shortly into the New South Wales Parliament, with newly installed Liberal Premier Dominic Perrottet confirming that a conscience vote will be permitted;


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