Better Business Reforms

Submission cover sheet

  • Name of organisation or individual making this submission

    Anonymous

Questions on possible options

  1. How feasible is the proposed start date for the disclosure of key terms? Are there reasons why these amendments should start sooner or later?

  2. Section 2.4 in the Better Business Reforms Implementation Options Paper contains the matters for which regulations can be made. Do you think that all of these matters require regulations before the reforms can commence? If you think some or all are required, what do you believe needs to be contained in those regulations?

  3. Is 1 January 2020 an appropriate start date for the disclosure of commissions and referral fees? Do you believe there are reasons why this reform should start sooner or later?

  4. Do you think that any regulations need to be made under the new uncollected goods requirements?

  5. Do you think that the start date provides sufficient time to ensure affected groups have time to prepare for the change in requirements for the disposal of uncollected goods?

  6. Do you think that the Government needs to take any other action about changes to the Uncollected Goods Act? If so, what should that action be?

  7. Are there any other issues with starting the uncollected goods reforms on 1 October 2019? Are there reasons the changes should start sooner or later?

  8. Do you believe there are any other steps affected parties will need to take to prepare for the changes to the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015? If so, what are they and who is affected?

    Yes please consult with A.R.M.A. on their issues.

  9. Are there any reasons the changes to the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 should start sooner or later than 1 July 2019?

    Yes much later

  10. Do you believe that any further action is required before the Innkeepers Act 1968 can be repealed and the substantive provisions transferred to the Fair Trading Act 1987? If so, what should that action be?

  11. How feasible is the proposed start date for the repeal of the Innkeepers Act? Are there reasons this reform should start sooner or later?

  12. Do you think that there are any other issues that need to be addressed before the repeal of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1899 can be implemented?

    I would like to know the aim of repealing this act as i believe it all the consequences have not been thoroughly analysed. For one removing the on site managers licence and requiring every body to have a full real estate licence will have a serious detrimental effect on my business. It means that only real estate agents can become onsite managers, making it impossible for people from other back grounds even considering the industry. I do not believe you understand the duties an on site manager performs with 95% of the tasks performed having nothing to do with real estate sales. An on site manager is an excellent negotiator and requires more strata skills than real estate skills, works for the owners corporation and carries out routine maintenance tasks for the building they are managing. They have to have an understanding of the utilities that have to be maintained in a large building and this includes pool maintenance, gardening, water heating systems, lifts, fire safety, and more. On site managers are required to on call 24/7, live on site, and need to be multi skilled. Obtaining a real estate licence does not prepare you for any of these tasks that are required and will reduce the skill, dedication and integrity of the people in the industry. The requirement to have 2 years experience before you can get a real estate licence is an absolute no brainer. First up why do you want to train all your agents in the bad habits of a real estate office. When an on site manger makes a sale in a building he has to live with the new owner of the unit for the rest of his time as a manger. This is a big incentive for the on site manager to not tell any porkies as he has to live with the consequences. A real estate agent just moves on. Management rights is a big business, managing over 1 billion dollars of property over australian supply quality accommodation to the tourism and residential community. These reforms will destroy it. Just compare a quality of an on site management building to that of one run by a strata company. chalk and cheese. I suggest you consult with the wider community (just not R.E.A. or Resident action groups) before you make any changes.

  13. How feasible is the proposed start date for the savings and transitional regulations? Are there reasons the repeal of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1899 should start sooner or later?

    These should start much later so further consultation can be made.

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