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The registration categories for premises includes mobile veterinary clinic, mobile veterinary hospital, veterinary clinic, veterinary consulting room, and veterinary hospital. Registration renewals for premises will now occur annually and at the start of each financial year.

This bill will improve the efficiency and productivity of the veterinary profession in the ACT by harmonising our legislation with New South Wales, and the incorporation of deemed registration under NRVR. The bill will provide the public with greater assurance that veterinary practitioners are suitably skilled and qualified to undertake work, and that the board has the necessary provisions to identify and address malpractice in the sector and to take action appropriate to the severity and effect of noncompliance. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for Regulatory Services, Minister for the Arts and Community Events and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (11.00): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to introduce the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018. Ensuring that our residential tenancies legislation supports vulnerable people to be secure in their homes is a key government priority. In August last year a package of government reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act commenced. Those reforms included making it easier for people impacted by domestic violence to change their tenancy agreements and to take practical steps to ensure safety, like changing locks.

The Deputy Chief Minister is currently leading development of a new housing strategy for the ACT. Its focus will be on assisting those who need help most, people experiencing homelessness, and low income households in housing stress. This government’s work on residential tenancies reform is happening in concert with our work on a new housing strategy. The announcements in Victoria about residential tenancy reform are being closely examined by my directorate with a view to improve the safety, security and rights of tenants.

Just some of the areas of law reform we will be looking at are: how tenancies are ended and how much notice is required; promoting model behaviour by landlords in setting rent, administering a tenancy and making any decisions that will impact on tenants; and ensuring that rental increases are fair and the processes consider hardship and housing security.

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