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Latest Case

Providing innovative procurement solutions for local government projects April 20, 2018

We advised City of Casey on the procurement process of the Bunjil Place Project. Bunjil Place is a $125 million civic and cultural precinct for the City of Casey, encompassing an 800-seat theatre and 200-seat … Continued

Latest News

In good hands: Maddocks advises on physio business acquisition April 11, 2018

Wednesday 11 April 2018 Maddocks has advised Zenitas Healthcare Limited on its acquisition of the Agewell Physiotherapy business. Agewell is a mobile physiotherapy provider servicing residential aged care facilities, retirement villages and communities in New … Continued

Latest Article

The right to use plans prepared by a design consultant: the devil is in the detail April 11, 2018

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

Reading Room

  • The first tranche of EPA legislative reform

    The Environment Protection Act 2017 (Amending Act) received royal assent on 24 October 2017. This is the first phase of the Environment Protection Authority of Victoria’s (EPA) proposed reforms to the Environment Protection Act 1970. … Continued

  • Court of Appeal confirms VCAT decision in Southern Cross case

    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

  • What amendments to the Building Act 1993 are now in force?

    Following on from our recent eAlert regarding changes to the Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006, this update includes additional changes on the legislation. Building Act 1993 changes The Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Act … Continued

  • Building regulations update

    The Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2016 (Bill) was passed on 11 May 2017 and is awaiting assent. The Bill was amended twice before it was passed. The amendments were mostly minor although further … Continued

  • Uber now a taxable ‘taxi’

    Uber’s ongoing campaign to distinguish itself from the Australian taxi industry has brought it before the Court once again. In a Federal Court decision handed down on 17 February 2017, Justice Griffiths found that Uber … Continued

  • Reformed Residential Zones – implications for planning and responsible authorities

    On 27 March 2017, Ministerial Amendment VC110 (VC110) to all Victorian planning schemes implemented significant changes to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ), General Residential Zone (GRZ) and Residential Growth Zone (RGZ). Complementary changes were also … Continued

  • Victorian Government commits to ‘overhaul’ of the EPA

    A Ministerial Advisory Committee was appointed in May 2015 to undertake an independent inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The Committee, chaired by Penny Armytage, provided its report to the Minister in March 2016. The … Continued

  • Introduction of the Building Amendment Bill 2016

    On 7 December 2016, the Victorian state government introduced into parliament the Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2016 (Bill). The Bill is the second raft of changes to the Building Act following the … Continued

  • Can the validity of an enforcement notice be challenged as a defence in criminal proceedings?

    At our seminar last year, we discussed whether an accused could challenge the lawfulness of an order issued against them in subsequent prosecution proceedings brought against that person for breach of the order in question. … Continued

  • Section 16 of the Building Act – what does ‘carry out building work’ mean?

    We recently published an article about amendments to s 16 of the Building Act 1993 (Building Act), which came into force on 4 July 2016. In that article, we stated an implication of the amendments … Continued