Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation media release - 2 May 2017.
More Victorians are set to get the assistance they need when renting property in Victoria.
The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will increase funding for the Tenancy and Consumer Program in the next financial year by 30 per cent.
More than $18 million will be invested to deliver local assistance for tenants, particularly those in vulnerable or disadvantaged situations.
New features of the Tenancy and Consumer Program include:
This investment comes as the Andrews Labor Government makes it easier for renters to sign long-term leases. Changes will be made to the Residential Tenancies Act to cover leases for longer than five years, with a new standard tenancy agreement to be implemented next year.
The Budget will also deliver an extra $11.3 million for Victoria’s gaming and liquor watchdog, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).
This is a major boost that will target problem venues and continue to support the VCGLR’s work in effectively minimising harm to Victorians by creating safe and responsible environments for gambling and drinking.
The funding will:
The introduction of the regional hubs and increased staffing will give the VCGLR more flexibility to target specific licensees and venues, particularly at times when there is a high risk of service to intoxicated persons and minors.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz
“We’re supporting renters by expanding the Tenancy and Consumer Program – which kicks in from July –
to give Victorians in need a helping hand.”
“Raising a family is stressful enough without worrying about whether you need to move every 12 months. Long term leases will end that uncertainty.”
“We want licensees to know they have a responsibility to look out for their customers who are enjoying a night out, whether they’re having a flutter, a few drinks, or both.”