Report

Need for a national approach to retail leasing arrangements

18 March 2015

© Commonwealth of Australia 2015
ISBN 978-1-76010-178-7

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Senate Economics Legislation Committee (PDF 25KB)
Chapter 1 (PDF 28KB)

Conduct of inquiry
Submissions
Background
Structure of the report
Acknowledgements

Chapter 2 - Previous inquiries and reform processes (PDF 58KB)
Chapter 3 - Principal issues (PDF 120KB)

Introduction
Definitions of 'retail premises'
First right of refusal for tenants to renew leases
Minimum lease terms and store fit-outs
Rent adjustment
Bank guarantees
Provision of sales data
Improving transparency, disclosure and dispute resolution

Chapter 4 - National Approach (PDF 67KB)

Introduction
Support for a national regulatory framework for retail tenancy
National Retail Tenancy Working Group
Conclusion

Dissenting Report by Senator Nick Xenophon - Too Many Commercial Retail Tenants on a Short Lease (PDF 72KB)

The first right of refusal for tenants to renew their lease
Affordable, effective and timely dispute resolution processes
A fair form of rent adjustment
Implications of statutory rent thresholds
Bank guarantees
A need for a national lease register and full disclosure of incentives
Provision of sales results
Contractual obligations relating to store fit-outs and refits
Conclusion

APPENDIX 1 - Submissions received (PDF 20KB)
APPENDIX 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 11KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senate Standing Committees on Economics
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3540
Fax: +61 2 6277 5719
economics.sen@aph.gov.au

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About this inquiry

The need for a national approach to retail leasing arrangements to create a fairer system and reduce the burden on small to medium businesses with associated benefits to landlords.

Past Public Hearings

13 Feb 2015: Canberra, ACT

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