Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Submission to the Inquiry into the Building and Construction Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

The ACT Law Society welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism regarding its Inquiry into the Building and Construction Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (ACT). We note that the Building and Construction Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (ACT) was presented to the Legislative Assembly by Mr Gordon Ramsay MLA on 24 October 2019 and was subsequently referred to the Committee for inquiry and report by 26 November 2019.

Given the extremely short timeframe provided for responses, the Society is only able to make preliminary comments at this stage.

The Society supports the policy intent of the Bill insofar that it seeks to strengthen existing laws in order to improve the regulation of the ACT building and construction industry. We are however, opposed to the provisions in the Bill which take effect retrospectively. 

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