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Latest Case

Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

Latest News

Maddocks appoints restructuring and insolvency partner in Sydney January 14, 2019

Monday 14 January  Maddocks has appointed its second new partner in a month with the appointment of Danielle Funston. Danielle is a restructuring and insolvency lawyer who advises clients on recoveries, liquidations, corporate restructuring and … Continued

Latest Article

Made in Australia: Tightened restrictions on the use of country of origin labels January 14, 2019

The recent decision of Nature’s Care Manufacture Pty Ltd v Australian Made Campaign Limited by the Federal Court of Australia has provided much needed guidance on the requirements for ‘Made in Australia’ and other country … Continued

Local Government VIC Blog

  • State election 2018: Now is the time for councils to forward plan

    The Victorian state election for 2018 has been run and resoundingly won by the Labor Party, with Daniel Andrews’ Government expected to hold a majority in both Houses of Parliament. For Victorian councils, the sizeable … Continued

  • Impact of El Niño far from a dry topic

    According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s ENSO (El Niño-Southern Oscillation) Outlook, the chance of an El Niño forming in the coming months is 70%, or three times the normal likelihood.  El Niño is a climatic … Continued

  • Procuring small-scale software solutions

    We have been noticing recently that a lot of our local government clients have been procuring a wide variety of smaller-scale cloud-based software solutions.  With these types of procurements, vendors will try to insist that … Continued

  • Tweets, posts, updates and discipline – navigating social media and disciplinary action

    The issue of employers disciplining employees over social media posts continues to be difficult terrain for everyone to navigate. We have recently seen a Cricket Australia employee dismissed from her role as Tasmanian Government Relations … Continued

  • Submission period for the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Cth) closes soon

    Maddocks clients should be aware that the submission period for the current review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Cth) closes on 29 June. This is an important opportunity to promote national measures to address … Continued

  • Show me the money!

    How many times has your council been left out of pocket after doing works on private land to achieve compliance with a statutory notice that an owner or occupier has ignored? As most of you … Continued

  • The corellas are back in town

    Since February councils in Victoria have been battling with corellas, a type of cockatoo not native to Victoria.  As recent news articles suggest, the corella problem may now have developed into a corella plague, as … Continued

  • Why a Budget approach to declaring rates does not work

    Many Victorian councils are about to consider draft Budgets and authorise their public exhibition.  Following the public exhibition of the draft Budget and the consideration of any submissions a Budget will need to be adopted.  … Continued

  • Lessons from the baggy green

    The ball-tampering saga that besieged the Australian cricket team provides important lessons, not only for those wearing the ‘baggy green’, but also employers carrying out employee misconduct investigations. Many of us were surprised when Cricket … Continued

  • Dealing with elevated lead levels in gardens

    A research paper prepared by RMIT University has assessed lead levels in inner Melbourne residential gardens and community gardens, reporting that up to 21 percent of soils tested had lead levels above applicable Health Investigation … Continued

Maddocks has worked alongside Victorian councils for more than 130 years. We provide advice, advocacy and transactional assistance in areas ranging from administrative law and employment to multi-million dollar property redevelopments.

In Council Brief, we will use that experience and expertise to highlight the issues of importance to Victorian local government. If you have an issue you would like us to cover then get in contact with one of our contributors.