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We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Latest Case

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

Latest News

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

Latest Article

Encouraging positive and masking negative reviews – Lessons from ACCC v Meriton November 24, 2017

Following our report from November last year, The Federal Court has found that Meriton Serviced Apartments (Meriton) engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in circumstances where it adopted a scheme preventing unfavourable reviews for its properties … Continued

Melanie Olynyk Partner

Background

Melanie has extensive experience acting for government clients, including local government, state government and statutory authorities.  She specialises in governance and administrative law, and has appeared or instructed in numerous proceedings before VCAT and the Supreme Court in a range of areas, including freedom of information, privacy and valuations.

Melanie was ranked by the 2010 member survey of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association as one of Australia’s “A team of great lawyers”.

Legal Expertise

  • Freedom of Information and privacy
  • Contracts, tendering and probity
  • Delegations and authorisations
  • Statutory interpretation (including local laws)
  • Whistle-blowers protection
  • Local laws
  • Liability and risk management
  • Councillor Conduct Panels
  • National Competition Policy (including competition and consumer law)
  • Valuations and rating

Relevant Experience

  • Freedom of information and privacy appeals at VCAT for state government, local government and statutory authorities
  • Training on governance, record-keeping, freedom of information and privacy for council staff and councillors
  • Management of Delegations and Authorisations Service for Local Government
  • Management of Competition and Consumer Compliance Program for Local Government
  • Drafting tender documents, contracts and funding agreements for councils, and advising on tendering and contractual matters
  • Valuation appeals involving councils and the Valuer-General