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obtaining a certificate of the charge and any other amounts that may be outstanding as part of the sale process should the relevant land be sold in the future.
This bill also amends the existing lease variation charge provisions to improve and simplify administration. Codified lease variations set prescribed values for certain types of lease variations. This provides certainty to leaseholders wishing to make these types of variations and avoids the need for what can be an expensive and time-consuming process of obtaining both before and after valuations.
The bill introduces a legislated role for the Minister for Planning and Land Management in the setting of these codified lease variation charge determinations. While the level of the codified lease variation charge will remain the responsibility of the Treasurer, the Minister for Planning and Land Management will have input into what types of lease variations can be codified in order to ensure that they are consistent with the Territory Plan and other planning controls.
To improve clarity and readability, the seven existing sections for specific purpose remissions will be consolidated into a single head of power. This does not change the existing powers to provide for remissions based on certain circumstances. Remissions will continue to be determined by disallowable instrument by the Minister for Planning and Land Management and the Treasurer.
The bill further inserts an ability for the planning minister to prescribe circumstances where a lease variation charge application is to be lodged with other documents such as a building design and siting application. This will allow for better assessment of certain lease variations to ensure they are consistent with the Territory Plan and other building requirements before a lease variation is granted. This is important because the lease variation charge is just one element of the broader planning regime that drives the shape and form of our city.
The government has laid out an ambitious agenda for city renewal and through this bill we seek to ensure that the policy settings across government are geared to deliver on that agenda. Establishing a deferral scheme will continue to ensure that the Canberra community receives a fair share of the unearned windfall gains associated with a lease variation and associated with the subsequent development, whilst also ensuring city renewal. I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mr Coe) adjourned to the next sitting.
Workplace Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
Ms Stephen-Smith, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.
Title read by Clerk.
MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and