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Assisting on whole of government technology agreements November 2, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on its whole of government purchasing agreement with SAP. The DTA was set up in 2015 to assist government departments and agencies with digital transformation and … Continued

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Winner of the first William Ah Ket Scholarship announced November 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017 A solicitor in a Victorian government agency is the first winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, a $5,000 prize named after the first barrister of Chinese heritage in Australia. K … Continued

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Maximum term contracts considered by the Commission: has their use expired? December 11, 2017

Last week, in what is a decision with potentially significant implications, the Fair Work Commission Full Bench has overturned the legal principle underpinning the widespread use of maximum term contracts. These contracts are a common … Continued

Local Government VIC Blog

  • Your summer reading list – the Local Government Bill 2018 has landed

    The Minister for Local Government released the exposure draft of the Local Government Bill 2018 today, which will, if passed, repeal and replace the Local Government Act 1989. The exposure draft will be open for public … Continued

  • Consent orders that may be rejected by VCAT

    VCAT has published a new guideline applicable to consent orders which will be of relevance to those who practice in the Planning and Environment List. The Guidelines need to be read together with the Planning … Continued

  • Are street trees going the way of the dodo?

    It seems that there is a new casualty of climate change every day. Could the next casualty be street trees? Recent research shows that, if emissions continue to increase at present levels to 2070, up … Continued

  • Victoria is about to get a brand new Heritage Act

    Changes to the Heritage Act 2017 (Act) will take effect on Wednesday, 1 November 2017. Under the current Heritage Act 1995, the capacity of councils to be involved in the heritage permit process is limited. … Continued

  • Beware indemnities in council contracts

    Since late last year, amendments to the Australian Consumer Law have meant that courts can declare provisions in contracts with ‘small business’ to be unfair and, in turn, void.  A provision in such a contract … Continued

  • 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

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.