Department of the Legislative Assembly, Northern Territory Government

Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

Status - Key Documents - SubmissionsPublic Briefings and Hearings - Tabled Papers - Report - Contact

On 16 October 2019 the Legislative Assembly referred the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 to the Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee for inquiry and report in accordance with clause (4)(c) of the Committee’s Terms  of Reference by 11 February 2020.

On Wednesday 27 November 2019 the Assembly dissolved the Economic Policy and Social Policy Scrutiny Committees and established the Legislation Scrutiny Committee and referred outstanding Bill inquiries to the new Committee.

The Committee encourages all interested people to provide their comments and feedback on the Bill.

The Committee is to inquire into and report on:
a) whether the Assembly should pass the Bill;
b) whether the Assembly should amend the Bill;
c) whether the Bill has sufficient regard to the rights and liberties of individuals; and
d) whether the Bill has sufficient regard to the institution of Parliament.

Submissions should be sent to by close of business Wednesday, 13 November 2019.


Report Tabled

Key Documents

Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
Residential Tenancies Act 1999
Residential Tenancies Regulations 2000
Explanatory Statement
Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights


Submission No. 1 - Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory
Submission No. 2 - Northern Territory Council of Social Services
Submission No. 3 - Law Society NT
Submission No. 4 - United Workers Union
Submission No. 5 - Top End Women's Legal Service
Submission No. 6 - NT Legal Aid Commission
Submission No. 7 - NT Shelter
Submission No. 8 - Darwin Community Legal Service
Submission No. 9 - RSPCA Darwin
Submission No. 10 - North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

Public Briefings and Hearings

Public Briefing Schedule - 29 October 2019
Public Briefing Transcript - 29 October 2019
Public Hearing Schedule - 9 December 2019
Public Hearing Transcript - 9 December 2019

Tabled Papers

Department of the Attorney-General and Justice, Flow Chart of Process to Keep Pet/s in a Tenancy, Answer to question on notice, 4 November 2019
Hon Natasha Fyles MLA, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Responses to written questions 6 December 2019
Darwin Community Legal Service, Minimum notice periods for evictions across Australian jurisdictions, 9 December 2019


Inquiry into the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 - 17 December 2019
Associated Minutes of Proceedings
Government Response - 18 February 2020


Dr Jennifer Buckley 
Committee Secretary
GPO Box 3721
Telephone:  (08) 8946 1501
Email: Contact

Last updated: 19 Feb 2020