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Advising on complex water infrastructure projects for local government September 12, 2018

Parkes Shire Council made the decision to replace its 80-year-old water treatment facility as it was nearing its capacity to properly service residents. The Parkes Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal Program saw the replacement of the … Continued

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Maddocks advises French firm on major construction company acquisition August 6, 2018

Monday 6 August 2018 Law firm Maddocks recently advised French firm Bouygues Construction on its acquisition of leading Australian construction and fitout business AW Edwards. The acquisition is a key part of Bouygues’ continued expansion … Continued

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New Federal Court decision calls into question relevance of internal legal advice to AAT reviews September 18, 2018

On 3 August 2018, Justice Bromwich of the Federal Court handed down his decision in Commissioner of Taxation v ACN 154 520 199 Pty Ltd (in liq) (formerly EBS & Associates Pty Ltd) [2018] FCA … Continued

Creating national consistency for environmental assessment and approvals

We advised the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy on a major restructure of the environmental assessment and approval processes around Australia.

Environmental law in Australia operates at each tier of government. The Commonwealth exercises its functions primarily through the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). This includes provisions requiring the assessment and approval of actions that have a significant impact on matters of ‘national environmental significance’.

In many instances, the assessment and approval regime under the EPBC Act overlaps with state-based regimes. To overcome the potential for doubling up, the states and the Commonwealth can enter into ‘bilateral agreements’ for assessment and approval processes.

While bilateral agreements have been in place for a number of years, the Council of Australian Governments agreed the process of making bilateral approval agreements should be streamlined. It was proposed that the Commonwealth could accredit approval processes under State legislation so that once the State approval was in place, the Commonwealth approval would apply concurrently.

Maddocks advised on the drafting of bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and each state and territory government, ensuring the approval processes could satisfy the legal requirements under the EPBC Act.

This work has afforded our Environment team with excellent knowledge of the local, state and Commonwealth environmental laws throughout Australia.

We advised the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy on a major restructure of the environmental assessment and approval processes around Australia.

Environmental law in Australia operates at each tier of government. The Commonwealth exercises its functions primarily through the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). This includes provisions requiring the assessment and approval of actions that have a significant impact on matters of ‘national environmental significance’.

In many instances, the assessment and approval regime under the EPBC Act overlaps with state-based regimes. To overcome the potential for doubling up, the states and the Commonwealth can enter into ‘bilateral agreements’ for assessment and approval processes.

While bilateral agreements have been in place for a number of years, the Council of Australian Governments agreed the process of making bilateral approval agreements should be streamlined. It was proposed that the Commonwealth could accredit approval processes under State legislation so that once the State approval was in place, the Commonwealth approval would apply concurrently.

Maddocks advised on the drafting of bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and each state and territory government, ensuring the approval processes could satisfy the legal requirements under the EPBC Act.

This work has afforded our Environment team with excellent knowledge of the local, state and Commonwealth environmental laws throughout Australia.