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Latest Case

Providing innovative procurement solutions for local government projects April 20, 2018

We advised City of Casey on the procurement process of the Bunjil Place Project. Bunjil Place is a $125 million civic and cultural precinct for the City of Casey, encompassing an 800-seat theatre and 200-seat … Continued

Latest News

Maddocks signs on for Luminance AI platform May 24, 2018

Thursday 24 May 2018 Maddocks has adopted an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to assist in streamlining due diligence processes. The firm has signed on to use the market-leading Luminance AI platform to provide due diligence … Continued

Latest Article

Strategic use of regulatory action policies: an example in the context of Freedom of Information May 23, 2018

Regulatory action policies (including strategies and statements issued by regulators) are a useful tool for regulators to signal the importance of a particular regulatory area to the regulated sector and to the public at large. … Continued

Local Government VIC Blog

  • 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

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle… revenue?

    While most councils will now have applied to fund increased costs of recycling from the Victorian Government’s Temporary Relief Funding Arrangements (TRFA), questions are now being raised about the longer-term effect of those increased costs … Continued

  • Has your council experienced an issue with a domain name?

    Recently, Maddocks successfully acted on behalf of Benalla Rural City Council (Council) to recover two domain names that represented or purported to represent the Benalla Art Gallery. The domain names in question were “benallaartgallery.com.au” and … Continued

  • Have your say on clause 74 of the Victoria Planning Provisions

    Late last year, the Minister for Planning appointed an Advisory Committee (Chair, Lester Townsend and Member, Kathryn Navarro) to review and recommend improvements to land use terms and definitions provided in clause 74 of the … Continued

  • Notification of data breaches

    You’ve no doubt heard about the new Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme, which commenced on 22 February 2018.  But have you wondered – does it apply to Victorian Councils? The NDB scheme is contained in … Continued

  • State Government announces $13 million recycling support package for councils and industry

    The State Government has this morning announced a $13 million support package for councils and industry to deal with higher costs of recycling following policy changes in China which have resulted in recyclers drastically increasing … Continued

  • Reminder of FOI Changes

    It’s now been more than 6 months since the commencement of the changes to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic), which established the new Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner. The changes included: Shorter … 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.