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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

Construction and Projects special counsel joins Maddocks January 17, 2018

17 January 2018 Maddocks has appointed Sefton Warner as a special counsel in the firm’s Construction and Projects team. Sefton brings to Maddocks extensive front-end construction projects experience, having worked on a number of major … Continued

Latest Article

2017: In Review – The biggest tech trends and events of the year January 17, 2018

2017 has been another frenetic and significant year for the technology sector. In keeping with Commvault and Maddocks’ joint mission to deliver you practical guidance, our end of year wrap-up highlights the most significant technology … 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