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Public feedback for retail lease legislation review closing soon

Time is running out for Queenslanders to have their say on the effectiveness of retail shop lease legislation.

Acting Director-General for Department of Justice and Attorney-General Terry Ryan has urged Queensland’s retail tenants, landlords and other stakeholders to give their feedback on the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 before 30 January 2012.

“The State Government is committed to having legislation which promotes efficiency and equity in the conduct of retail businesses in shopping centres and other locations,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 sets mandatory minimum standards for retail shop

leases in Queensland and provides a low cost dispute resolution process for retail tenancy disputes.

“It is important to consider public feedback about whether the Act is operating effectively, including ways to simplify the Act to reduce unnecessary red tape, costs for business, and improve productivity.”

“This is an important piece of legislation given the size of retail trade in Queensland’s economy and is designed to address a power imbalance between shopping centre landlords and small retail tenants,” he said.

Mr Ryan said information received from the public and key retail sector associations and other peak bodies will be considered in deciding the outcome of the review.

“We want Queensland’s retail tenants and landlords, big and small, to tell us what they like or dislike about the Act and how it could be improved upon,” he said.

The discussion paper is available at www.justice.qld.gov.au

Public comment will be received until 30 January 2012.

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24 January 2012
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