Regulation of Retail Leases Review - Have your say

The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing opportunities for community involvement in the development of Government policy on reforming laws regulating retail leases in Tasmania and we are seeking your input for this review.

This is a comprehensive examination of the arrangements between landlords and tenants conducting retail business.  It includes leases in shopping centres.

The current law is the Fair Trading (Code of Practice for Retail Tenancies) Regulations 1998.  Stakeholders say this law is out-dated and has not kept pace with modern business practices and leasing arrangements.

This review will result in a new Retail Leases Bill that will streamline and modernise Tasmanian legislation while providing greater protections for both landlords and tenants.

Submissions are invited from anyone with an interest in retail lease arrangements.  That includes tenants leasing retail space, leaseholders in shopping centres, landlords, building owners and managers, and professionals advising on retail leases.

Discussion Paper

To assist stakeholders and other interested parties understand the scope of the review, a Retail Leases Discussion Paper has been prepared.

The comment period for this consultation is now closed.

Publishing submissions

Submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website at

However, submissions will only be published after the Government has determined proposed policy positions for a new Retail Leases Bill.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

For further information, please contact: Brendon Bowes, Senior Policy and Project Officer

Important information to note

  1. Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
  2. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.
  3. If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
  4. Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
  5. The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.