Small Business Minister Gordon Hill has welcomed and applauded recent advice by the Premier to Ministers on the Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act 1985.
The advice alerts Ministers to the fact that the Act binds the Crown.
Accordingly, Government departments and agencies are obliged to ensure that leasing of retail premises in properties owned by the Government must comply with all aspects of the Act.
Mr Hill reiterated the Premier's advice that it was up to Government agencies to ensure that retail leases involving Government-owned properties complied with the Act.
He said it was also important for them to ensure that agents acting on their behalf, applied the provisions of the Act.
This would include managing agents and solicitors acting on behalf of Government agencies.
"The Act contains provisions designed to protect the interests of tenants and landlords," Mr Hill said.
"It is important that parties to a lease agreement benefit from provisions such as - the issuance of disclosure statements, minimum lease terms, rent review provisions and dispute resolution mechanisms," he said.
"Retail tenants who fall within the ambit of the Act are encouraged to contact the Small Business Development Corporation if they require assistance with leasing problems."