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Assisting the Commonwealth Government in drafting and negotiating major agreements June 23, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Department of Health on the drafting and negotiation of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (the 6CPA) with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Since 1990, the Government and the Pharmacy Guild have … Continued

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Maddocks appoints special counsel to Property team October 5, 2017

Thursday 5 October 2017 Mike Steell has joined Maddocks as a special counsel in the firm’s Property team. Mike joins Maddocks from Clarendon Lawyers, where he was a director. Before that, he worked in the … Continued

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Court of Appeal confirms VCAT decision in Southern Cross case October 20, 2017

The Courts have again confirmed the use of the direct comparison approach is often the most reliable method of valuing what a hypothetical and willing (but not anxious) vendor and purchaser would agree to. This … Continued

Local Government VIC Blog

  • Are you getting the most out of your council assets?

    It is estimated that by 2025, between 25 billion and 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is the interconnection of devices via the internet enabling them to send … Continued

  • Has your council met to consider its annual report?

    Councils were required to submit their annual reports to the Minister for Local Government (Minister) by 30 September this year. They must then meet to consider their annual reports within one month from the date … Continued

  • Lovers’ Walk remains open to lovers everywhere

    You may recall the 2016 case of Anderson v Stonnington City Council, where the Supreme Court of Victoria held that a bluestone laneway in South Yarra, Lovers’ Walk, was a public highway at common law, and … Continued

  • Establishing a panel contract? Don’t forget section 186

    It is becoming increasingly common for councils to seek to establish panels for the procurement of works, goods and services over a contract term. These panel arrangements typically involve: the council seeking tenders from potential … Continued

  • A whole of Victorian State Government approach to cyber security

    The Victorian Government has launched Victoria’s cyber security strategy with the vision of ensuring “secure and resilient Government information, services and infrastructure”. The strategy has a clear focus on building cyber resilience at the Victorian … Continued

  • New candidate questionnaire forms – a sign of things to come?

    The Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2016 have just been amended to make specific provision for the forthcoming City of Greater Geelong election. The amendments create a new form of questionnaire for candidates contesting that council’s … Continued

  • FOI changes about to commence

    Significant changes to the Victorian Freedom of Information Act 1982 are about to take effect that have implications for councils. The changes include: New Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner, comprising the Information Commissioner, the … Continued

  • Ararat Commission of Inquiry Report tabled in Parliament

    In a Report tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 9 August 2017, the Commission of Inquiry into the Ararat Rural City Council has found that the Council failed to act in the interest of the … Continued

  • Sydney’s ‘tent city’ set to go as new legislation is passed

    On Wednesday the Sydney Public Reserves (Public Safety) Bill 2017 (Bill), which was introduced into the NSW Parliament only the day before, passed through both houses of the NSW Parliament without amendment. It is anticipated … Continued

  • Following the right road

    A decision handed down by the Victorian Supreme Court on 27 July – Pulitano Pastoral Pty Ltd v Mansfield Shire Council – highlights the critical importance of adopting the right procedure when making a decision … 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.