On 19 September 2018, the Victorian Auditor-General (AG) delivered his independent assurance report to Parliament entitled ‘Delivering Local Government Services’ (Report). The Report follows auditing five Victorian local councils and examining Local Government Victoria (LGV) … Continued
Introduction Arising from the Victorian Government’s Smart Planning program, Amendment VC148 (VC148) was gazetted on 31 July 2018 introducing significant changes to all Victorian Planning Schemes (Planning Schemes). According to the Department of Environment, Land, … Continued
Following extensive consultation with the community, the Local Government Bill 2018 (Vic) was introduced into Parliament on 23 May 2018. If enacted, the Bill will repeal and replace the Local Government Act 1989 (Vic). The … Continued
On 27 April 2018, the Building Minister’s Forum (BMF) released the final report by Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir entitled ‘Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for … Continued
When a design consultant (such as an architect or engineer) brings their plans or designs into material form, copyright will usually subsist in those documents as an artistic work. The designer owns that copyright unless … Continued
Overview A case involving allegations of bad behaviour by a South Australian Councillor has highlighted the difficulties for Councils seeking assistance to address bullying and health and safety concerns. In this case, the Fair Work … Continued
In September 2017, the Victorian Legislative Assembly passed the Planning and Environment Amendment (Public Land Contributions) Bill 2017 (Bill). The Bill will implement a land contributions model to simplify the infrastructure contributions system by requiring landowners … Continued
The Courts have again confirmed the use of the direct comparison approach is often the most reliable method of valuing what a hypothetical and willing (but not anxious) vendor and purchaser would agree to. This … Continued
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