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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

Dariel De Sousa Consultant

Background

Dariel is a Consultant in the Sustainability & Climate Change team at Maddocks. Dariel draws on a broad range of skills and experience in a variety of areas including sustainability & climate change, energy and water regulation, competition law and policy, government procurement, construction and engineering, and international trade. Dariel’s diverse background enables her to provide sound practical advice, that takes account of the various legal and non-legal issues at stake.

Before re-joining Maddocks in 2008, Dariel worked at a variety of public sector institutions.  She was a Counsellor at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva. In that capacity, she was involved in major international trade litigation involving an array of sectors, such as construction, manufacturing, agriculture and services.  More recently, Dariel was a Director at the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), focusing on compliance and enforcement of the national electricity and gas rules.

Legal Expertise

  • Australian climate change policy and regulation, including providing advice on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS), the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS) and the Renewable Energy Target scheme (RET)
  • State-based abatement policies including the Victorian Energy Efficiency Scheme (VEET), Planning and Building Regulation and incentive schemes
  • Green Building and infrastructure projects, including rating tools (Green Star, NABERS/ADGR), green leases and government requirements
  • Climate change adaptation, including flood control, sea-level rise and energy efficiency
  • Water sensitive urban design, stormwater harvesting, water policy and legislative advice
  • Impact of climate change and abatement policies on local government and local communities including waste management, street lighting and local transport
  • Advising and drafting a submission on the impact of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme on metropolitan councils’ waste facilities and waste policies
  • Acting for a number of local councils to advise on the likely impact on landfill sites of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme

Relevant Experience

  • Prepared a report for Federal Government on regulatory barriers and constraints to climate change adaptation
  • Advised State Government and councils on issues arising from climate change adaptation, including liability associated with flooding, sea-level rise and other climate change impacts.