In the lead-up to the federal election, a growing number of Australian politicians have said they will support the proposed Rural Development Bill, but the Opposition has so far refused to take a stand.
This article looks at how the rural development act, which will create the Rural Development Commission (RDC), has come to be.
It also considers whether the RDC should be abolished.
The Rural Development Act, introduced in September, was passed with little fanfare, but it has been described as a major reform in Australia’s rural and remote areas.
Rural Development Commissioner John Williams says the RDA is the biggest change in Australia since the introduction of the land acquisition act.
“It is an important step forward for our country, particularly as we look to modernise our economy and make sure we are delivering on the promise we made to the Australian people,” he said.
A lot of the legislation was introduced with the expectation that it would be passed, he said, but after a year of debate and public consultations the legislation has been passed and the government has not announced whether it will bring forward legislation in its next term.
What does the Rural Developments Act contain?
Under the RDSA, the RDP will be responsible for managing the development of land in rural and regional areas and the rural community.
It will also be responsible, under the RDR, for ensuring there are adequate and appropriate services and infrastructure in the areas where the land is located.
There are three parts to the RDM: the Land Acquisition Act, the Development and Management of Land Act and the Development of Rural Development in New South Wales (DDR) Act.
Under section 6 of the RDDA, a landholder is given “the right of priority in the consideration of development proposals and approvals”.
“The landowner is entitled to a share of the development costs and the consideration and approval of proposals and applications,” the RDF Act states.
If a landowner has not given a sufficient number of landholder proposals or approvals within a specified period, the person will be able to request a review by the Rural Land Tribunal (RLT) under section 9 of the Act.
If the RLT decides that the landowner failed to provide enough landholder offers, the land owner will be allowed to appeal to the Supreme Court.
At the time of the bill’s introduction, the RLt was a “preliminary stage” of the review process, with only three landowner proposals to consider and six landowner applications to review.
However, in July, the Senate passed the legislation, which means the RLtt will now consider the proposals submitted by the landholders.
Landowner advocates say the RLtds new powers will give the RDLt the power to require land owners to give more consideration to landowner offers.
In order to make sure landholders have a meaningful say in land acquisition, the legislation requires the Rdlts Land Acquisition Tribunal to consider the landowners’ submissions in determining whether to approve a land development proposal or to reject a land application.
How will the RDs decisions be made?
The RLtd will consider land applications and landowner submissions, but will not have the power of making its own decisions, said Dr John Hutton, a former RLtd chairman and senior advisor to the Land and Environment Department, in a statement to The Australian.
Instead, it will be in the RLts hands.
Dr Hutton said that a proposal will need to have been submitted to the RLlt by landowner and land development company, which can take time and is likely to involve extensive consultations.
“It will be up to the respondent to come forward with proposals and to be presented with an offer, but ultimately the decision will rest with the RLtn and the Land Ltd,” he told the ABC.
Currently, the federal government has no role in the Rds decision making process.
However, the Rural Delivery and Rural Development Legislation Amendment Act 2015 made the Rdts role a federal responsibility in the area of land acquisition.
For the first time, the Australian Government has committed to the role of the RLtk, and will have to act on proposals from landowner groups.
Can land developers compete in a free market?
Land development companies may be able if they have the right to market their projects in the market.
They are able to compete on price with private developers in an open market.
But the RLtl will not be able legally to compete in the Australian market, and the RLtys role will remain the same as it has always been.
An amendment to the Rural Environment Act introduced in February will allow a land developer to apply to the National Environment Protection Authority (NEPA) for permission to build on land that has been declared an environment sensitive area by the Minister.
The NEPA will then give the permission, and then the land developer can build on it.
This would allow the