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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 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

Latest News

Energy prices are too high: can nothing be done to bring them down? September 8, 2017

On Tuesday 5 September 2017, Maddocks hosted a presentation and panel discussion by the Grattan Institute focusing on the topical issue of energy prices – particularly, the fact that prices are rising and mechanisms that can … Continued

Latest Article

ACCC launches first B2B unfair contract terms action September 12, 2017

On 6 September 2017, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against one of Australia’s largest privately-owned waste management companies, JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd. This case is … 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