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REIQ Journal : September 2008
INDUSTRY NEWS 3 Dan Molloy, Managing Director REIQ lobbying at full pace By Dan Molloy, Managing Director, REIQ One of the REIQ’s main strategic functions is to maintain contact and enhance relationships with key government departments. In recent months, significant progress has been made to advance the industry’s position on a number of key legislative and practice issues. IN PREVIOUS EDITIONS of the REIQ Journal, I have reported on the Service Delivery and Performance Commission’s review of the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act. The Commission’s report has been circulating within government since early this year but has stalled in recent times. I’ve written to the Premier, Treasurer and Attorney-General asking for the report to be made public and for key recommendations to be prioritised for action. The Institute received high-level briefings from the Commission earlier this year and will continue to highlight our desire for the hard work of the Commission, the Institute and members involved in the process to bear fruit. We also await further positive results from the efforts of the REIs’ National Education and Licensing Committee, which is chaired by REIQ and REIA director Pam Bennett. The review of the Residential Tenancies Act continues and the Institute recently received a draft of the Amendment Bill. This Bill reflects the State Government’s announcements earlier this year and the Institute has responded accordingly to a number of issues. The Bill is expected to be introduced to Parliament later this year and the Government has indicated the new Act could take effect from as early as 1 July 2009. We will continue to inform members of progress via the REIQ Journal and Memberlink email communications; and will implement an educational program to support members in dealing with the changes. During the recent state-wide member educational forums, we were able to gather valuable feedback from property managers regarding the difficulties they face in implementing the new smoke alarm legislation. REIQ’s senior best practice and policy advisor Stacey Holt and I have subsequently met with Queensland Fire Commissioner Lee Johnson to discuss these issues and present our recommendations for a review of the legislation. The Queensland Fire & Rescue Service has indicated their clear intention to continue to consult with the Institute on this and other issues in the future. The Department of Infrastructure and Planning (DIP) and Building Codes Queensland recently launched their Sustainable Housing discussion paper. Among the recommendations being closely esamined is the introduction of a mandatory sustainability declaration form for completion by home owners when selling or leasing a home. The REIQ’s newly appointed executive managerMarketplace Strategy Leonie Foster has been liaising with REIQ zone chairs to gather and collate feedback from members in all parts of the State. The Institute is preparing a response to the discussion paper and collaborating with the Urban Development Institute of Australia to respond to some of the other sustainability and energy efficiency recommendations. The REIQ was pleased to facilitate a positive and practical outcome on the Legal Profession Act, following lengthy and complex negotiation with the Queensland Law Society and the Department of Justice and AttorneyGeneral. Recently, the REIQ has made a range of special conditions for sales contracts and property management agreements available at www.realworks. com.au, to help members comply with the new provisions. We will continue to keep members abreast of the Institute’s progress on these and other relevant issues in the coming months. To ensure you and your staff remain fully informed, keep an eye on the REIQ Journal and regular Memberlink emails. Not receiving Memberlink emails? Send your contact details to email@example.com to ensure you receive all the latest industry news. REIQ Journal September 2008