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10. Consider amending the RTA to:

(i) preserve a periodic tenancy notwithstanding termination by a co-tenant, broadly consistent with s 101 of the NSW Act; and

(ii) permit remaining co-tenants to apply to ACAT to terminate the tenancy as a whole.

11. Consider amending the RTA to allow a single co-tenant to terminate a fixed term tenancy while preserving the tenancy for the remaining co-tenants, provided that it is appropriate to do so in the circumstances of the case, similar to s 102 of the NSW Act.

12. Consider developing minimum standards for reasonable security in ACT rental properties, similar to Western Australian requirements, with guidelines to be developed in consultation with stakeholders, and standards to initially apply only to new properties in the rental market.

Since the passage of the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment Act, JACS officers have been considering the second tranche recommendations. All of the second tranche recommendations are under consideration and none of the recommendations have been rejected. Three working groups of key stakeholders have been formed to examine issues relating to occupancy agreements for different types of accommodation: short term crisis accommodation, student accommodation and caravan and mobile housing. These groups have met in 2017 and will continue to meet in 2018 with a view to developing recommendations for Government.

JACS officers have also been consulting with key stakeholders on the conditional termination and possession order (CTPO) provisions of the RTA. This engagement will continue in 2018.

Domestic and family violence—government initiatives
(Question No 854)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 1 December 2017:

(1) In relation to the 2010 Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Report into Family Violence – A National Legal Response (Report 114) and Parliamentary Agreement item 11.2 regarding the implementation of any outstanding ALRC recommendations on sexual assault, can the Attorney-General provide an update on what the Sexual Assault Reform Program has achieved or worked on over the past twelve months

(2) What were the recommendations, resolutions or outcomes of the ALRC Report’s 187 recommendations’ implementation in the ACT, broken down into (a) completed (with date), (b) in progress (with tentative completion date), (c) ongoing, (d) rejected and (e) lapsed.

Mr Ramsay: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The last meeting of the Sexual Assault Reform Program met in March 2016. However, the Government intends to consult the Sexual Assault Reform Program on future work on sexual assault legislation reform. This forum will continue to provide assistance relating to sexual assault reform which falls outside the remit of Royal Commission reforms.

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