On 28 September 2017, the Public Works and Utilities Committee’s (Committee) report on Housing Legislation (Building Better Futures) Amendment Bill 2017 (Bill) was released.
The report took into account many submissions from the public including operators and residents. The Committee made 18 recommendations as a result of its review of the Bill. These recommendations included:
- Most significantly, a recommendation that the Bill be passed by Parliament; and
- That the retirement village provisions be amended to include:
- A 90 day timeframe within which the Chief Executive must make a decision about a transition plan approval process;
- A 90 day timeframe within which the Chief Executive must make a decision about any proposed redevelopment plan approvals; and
- Clarification around the payment of the general services charge during the construction of units within a retirement village. The Bill currently appears to require the scheme operator to pay the general services charge during the construction period. However, the Committee has recommended that this provision be clarified to ensure that the general services charge only becomes payable once a unit is completed.
In addition to considering the Committee’s recommendations, there is still much work to be undertaken before these legislative changes can take effect including:
- Releasing the proposed Approved Forms referred to throughout the Bill; and
- Releasing the proposed Regulations referred to throughout the Bill.
A copy of the report can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
The report along with the Bill is tabled for consideration at the next sitting of Parliament on 10 October 2017.
If you would like any further information about the report or the Bill in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us. Otherwise, look out for further alerts from CRH Law as the Bill progresses through the Parliament.