Caravan parks are an important source of affordable housing, holiday accommodation and retirement living in Victoria. Requirements for registration of caravan parks and construction standards for movable dwellings are set out in the Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks and Movable Dwellings Registration and Standards) Regulations 2010 (the Regulations), which are made under Part 14 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.
The current Regulations expire in June 2020. The Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 provides that all regulations have a sunset (or expiry) date, which is generally 10 years from the date on which the regulations are made. This is to ensure that regulations are regularly reviewed to remain efficient and effective.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is undertaking a sunset review of the Regulations. Through the review, DELWP will assess how well the Regulations are working and make any changes necessary for the industry to operate effectively for the future. This will ensure the safety and standard of living for residents and visitors while keeping the burden on caravan park operators as small as possible.
The review process will run throughout 2019 and early 2020 and will inform DELWP’s recommendations to the Minister for Planning about what to include in the new Regulations. The new Regulations will be made before June 2020. Consultation with stakeholders from across the sector is an important part of this process.
Preliminary consultation is now open
DELWP has developed a consultation paper (available for download below) which sets out issues that have been identified so far, and questions for stakeholders. Submissions received on this consultation paper will help DELWP understand the topics that will be considered in the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS).
The RIS will discuss how the current regulations operate; options and rationale for changes, including a cost/benefit analysis; and DELWP’s preferred option for addressing each issue. Both the consultation paper and the RIS are opportunities for stakeholders to provide information on how well the current Regulations operate, and to make suggestions for change.
Stakeholders are welcome to raise other issues of concern or suggested improvements that are not discussed in this paper. However, please note that issues with the operation of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, such as the definition of ‘caravan park’, are not within the scope of this review.
If you would like to respond to the consultation paper, please complete the survey OR upload your submission using the form below by 11:59pm Sunday, 23 June.
Following this consultation period, DELWP will develop the RIS and consultation regulations which will be released for public comment in late 2019. Feedback received on these documents will inform DELWP’s advice to the Minister for Planning about making the new Regulations.
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