A Bill to provide a national approach to the regulation of and engagement with community housing providers was passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly today, announced Minister for Housing, Shane Rattenbury.
The Community Housing Providers National Law (ACT) Act 2013 replaces the existing ACT regulatory system with a national system.
"The aim of the national reforms is to develop a strong and vibrant community housing sector that can increase choice for tenants, drive improved performance through the introduction of new providers, and support growth in social housing stock," Mr Rattenbury said.
"The national system has a focus on reducing the regulatory burden on providers and ensuring that community housing is a viable, well governed and well operated housing option for those on low to moderate incomes," he continued.
"Housing ACT currently manages over 1,000 tenancies in social housing. This Act will provide a uniform set of national guidelines, making it easier for providers to operate across jurisdictions, strengthening the community housing sector, which is a clear objective of the Affordable Housing Action Plan.
"Consultation with community housing providers and peak bodies in the ACT indicated broad support for the new national regulatory system.
The provisions are being introduced across all Australian jurisdictions and will have a phased implementation in the ACT commencing 1 July, 2013.
This phased approach will include six months of testing and evaluation of registration processes and procedures needed to operate the system. Actual registration of providers under the new system will commence over an 18-month transition period from 1 January 2014.
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