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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

Special counsel joins Maddocks in Canberra January 16, 2020

Thursday 16 January 2020 Veena Bedekar has joined Maddocks as a special counsel in the firm’s Canberra office. Veena joined Maddocks this week and will work with the Maddocks Probity and Property teams. She joins … Continued

Latest Article

Too much of the (Apple) pie? – Screen-time apps and misuse of market power January 16, 2020

Apple’s ‘screen-time’ functionality (and similar apps released by other developers) have changed the way we engage with our screens, allowing users to monitor how long they spend every day checking emails, messaging and their use … Continued

Local Government VIC Blog

  • UPDATE: changes to Victoria’s environmental protection legislation

    As previously reported, Victoria’s EPA, and the environmental protection legislation it administers, are in the midst of major change. The significance of the changes have been variously described by the EPA as “a transformation” and … Continued

  • Cyber Incident Management Plan

    Last month the Victorian Government released its Cyber Incident Management Plan (Plan). The Plan applies to all Victorian Public Sector bodies (Victorian Government organisations), and details the responsibilities of Victorian Government organisations in managing cyber … Continued

  • The future of waste and recycling management in Victoria

    The Victorian Auditor-General has weighed in on the debate about the future of waste and recycling management in Victoria. On 6 June 2019, the Auditor-General tabled his report on a performance audit into ‘Recovering and … Continued

  • 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

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.