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technical changes and amendments related to revised provisions in the Public Health Act. An amendment to this act enables the names and addresses of taxpayers held by the Commissioner for ACT Revenue to be disclosed to the ACT Planning and Land Authority to enable the authority to contact taxpayers in the course of administering the Planning and Development Act. Records held by the revenue office are frequently more up to date than those held by the planning and land authority. This information would be sought when the authority intends to contact a taxpayer about a development application on adjoining premises. This provision may also be used so that the authority can take compliance action against the person under the Planning and Development Act, or to give notice to a person in connection with a compliance action.

Amendments to this act also make the AAT review and notice provisions more consistent so that they apply in the same manner to individuals, corporations and unincorporated associations. I commend this bill to the Assembly.

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

Building Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Industrial Relations) (12.18): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Building Legislation Amendment Bill 2007, which is cognate to the Planning and Development Bill 2006 and the Planning and Development (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2007. The Building Legislation Amendment Bill helps implement government proposals, as part of its planning system reform project, to simplify approval processes for some single houses in new estates by requiring only a building approval for construction.

Currently, both a development approval and a building approval are required. Removing the need for a development approval through exemptions in the planning system will save applicants between $483 for a two to three-bedroom house and $732 for a four-bedroom house in development application fees for most new houses. Certifiers, as a result of this bill, will be able to grant building approvals against a set of codified requirements that take into account both building and planning matters. This will remove duplication and ensure that the advice of other bodies, such as utility providers, is taken into account before a building approval is granted. The government estimates that up to 1,100 houses per year will no longer require development approval but will require a building approval only. Proposed regulations under the Building Act will also provide a wider range of exemptions from the need to obtain building approval. In some cases certain small structures will require neither a

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