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Advising on market-changing divestments September 25, 2018

Maddocks  acted for the founder of Australia’s largest private pilot training school, Soar Aviation, on the group’s 50 percent sale to Australian private equity investor The Growth Fund. Soar Aviation was started in 2012 by … Continued

Latest News

Strong signals: Maddocks advises on television broadcast services outsourcing October 10, 2018

Wednesday 10 October 2018 Maddocks has advised NPC Media on its deal to provide playout services for Southern Cross Austereo’s 105 television broadcast signals through NPC Media’s new playout centre. NPC Media is a joint … Continued

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When being natural can be misleading: recent consideration of organic product claims October 15, 2018

Recent decisions by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Federal Court of Appeal have demonstrated that it can be a fine line between branding and product claims: with a wrong step amounting to … Continued

Reading Room

  • FIRB – Change in investment threshold for Singaporeans

    Background Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval may be required for investments by foreigners in Australia above certain thresholds. These depend on the type of investments and who the foreign investor is. Certain agreement country investors that have … Continued

  • It’s June, and trust income distribution time

    So, it’s June again and time to start thinking about making valid distributions of trust income by 30 June 2017. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is again reminding the tax and accounting community it expects … Continued

  • Changes to GST – New homebuyers are now collection and remittance agents for the ATO

    In the recent Federal Budget, one change that hasn’t been given media attention is a change to the GST Legislation, which is to become effective from mid-July 2018 whereby purchasers of ‘new constructed residential premises’ … Continued

  • Additional duty and land tax surcharges for foreign purchasers of land in Australia

    Foreign persons purchasing and holding real estate in Australia need to consider more than just whether they require the approval of the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).  They may also need to pay additional duty … Continued

  • GAIC – Extended to State Infrastructure Land

    The Victorian State Government (State) has responded to the Supreme Court decision in Frontlink by seeking to change the law so that Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) is paid on land used for State infrastructure purposes. … Continued

  • Non-final withholding tax regime

    From 1 July 2016, changes will come into effect to Australia’s withholding tax rules that may require purchasers of Australian real property to withhold 10 percent of the purchase price, otherwise payable directly to the vendor, … Continued

  • FIRB update – some practical issues

    The overhaul of Australia’s foreign investment regime has been in effect since 1 December 2015. While the general focus has been on the major initiatives introduced as part of the package of reforms (application fees, … Continued

  • Frontlink – what it means for UGB landowners and developers

    The SRO’s current approach to the interpretation and application of s 201RF(b) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic) (P&EA) has been specifically rejected by the Supreme Court. Section 201RF(b) is one of the … Continued

  • FIRB changes – Australian land corporations

    The Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Act 2015 (Cth) (Act) received Royal Assent on 25 November 2015 and the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Regulation 2015 (Regulation) was approved on 26 November 2015. As we … Continued

  • FIRB Reform Bill passed

    The Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (FATA Bill) (which is a rewrite of the current Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth) (FATA)) passed through the Commonwealth Parliament on 23 November 2015. … Continued