John McGrath MLA, Member for South Perth, supports the recent introduction of legislative amendments to create a fairer environment for retail tenants and small business.
The amendments proposed will improve transparency and accountability in the Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act 1985 and will be introduced into State Parliament in September this year.
“The amendments will include requiring landlords to include additional information in disclosure statements and prohibiting landlords from passing on legal fees to tenants.
The changes will assist in addressing the information imbalance that can occur between landlords and tenants, and will ensure the Act provides a fair and transparent framework in which parties can pursue their commercial interests.”
The amendments will bring Western Australia into line with retail tenancy legislation in other States and Territories.
These amendments are part of a range of measures introduced by the Liberal-National Government to assist small businesses including:
- A one-off payroll tax rebate for small and medium-sized businesses worth $100m and land tax measures worth more than $20m over four years
- $10.6m over two years for rebates of workers’ compensation premiums for first-year apprentices and trainees
- $5.7m over two years to provide pathways for people disadvantaged in the labour market
- Additional resources for a rapid response team to support employers and apprentices affected by the economic downturn
- $2million ‘BIZFit’ program to boost business resilience.
“It is important to continue to support small business, particularly in the current economic conditions, as it is a vital part of our economy.”