LEGISLATION UPDATE

Queensland Parliament has introduced a number of legislative amendments that will affect Queensland’s property industry.

The amendments are as follows:

Justice and Other Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Amendment Bill 2020

The Bill has been passed by parliament, the amendments within this Bill that affect the property industry include:

  • A range of amendments to the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 that provide for the temporary reduction or deferment of rent from lot owners suffering economic hardship.
  • Temporary regulation that provides for the ability to enable the modification or suspension of processes for increasing or reducing site rent as well as the processes for disputing a proposed increase in site rent during the COVID-19 emergency period (Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003)The Property Council has written to the Department of Housing and Public Works outlining our concerns with this final provision.

Forest Wind Farm Development Bill 2020

The Bill contains a number of amendments to the Planning Act 2016 focused on the Springfield Structure Plan.

The Bill has since been referred to the State Development, Tourism, Innovation and Manufacturing Committee.  The Committee has called for submissions by Monday, 8 June 2020, 10.00am. To lodge a submission, please click here.

To view the detail of this Bill, please click here.