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Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

Latest News

2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship launches May 1, 2019

Wednesday 1 May 2019 The 2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship is now open for expressions of interest. The scholarship – named after Australia’s first barrister of Chinese background – is open to final year law students, law … Continued

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New laws for short-stay accommodation May 20, 2019

The short-stay accommodation changes to the Owners Corporations Act 2006 (Vic) (the Act) are now in force as of 1 February 2019, with Victoria following New South Wales’ lead to attempt to regulate use of … Continued

Reading Room

  • The Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 – The nuts and bolts

    Since our last update on the Government’s proposed reforms to the Environment Protection Act 1970, the Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 (the Bill) was passed by Parliament on 9 August 2018. This Bill represents the … Continued

  • NSW Crown land reforms have commenced – what do local councils need to know?

    The majority of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (NSW) (the Act) commenced on 1 July 2018. The Act significantly reforms the use and management of Crown land in NSW. This article provides an overview of the key reforms, … Continued

  • Environmental Management Systems: what boards can learn from the Banking Royal Commission

    In Australia, the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has exposed remarkable failures in risk management, compliance and culture that have claimed the careers of a number of senior … Continued

  • VPPs amended to implement new ICP public land contributions model

    Introduction VC146 was approved by the Minister for Planning on 2 May 2018 and gazetted on 15 May 2018. It amends all planning schemes in Victoria, notably by: introducing a new overlay, the Infrastructure Contributions … Continued

  • Garden area requirement gets a clipping

    Amendment VC143 (Amendment) was gazetted on 15 May 2018. It seeks to improve the operation of the minimum garden area (introduced by Amendment VC110 in March 2017) by (among other things): amending the current definition … Continued

  • 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

  • VCAT says yes to zero car parking

    Metropolitan Melbourne may finally be ready for genuinely sustainable housing. While the planning industry has given theoretical support for reducing our reliance on the private car for some years, decisions putting this policy into practice have been … 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

  • Council win over responsibility for Hazelwood Mine drain

    The contest between the owner of the Hazelwood Coal Mine and Power Generation Facility (Hazelwood) and Latrobe City Council (Latrobe) over who is responsible for a mining diversion drain at Hazelwood Coal Mine has concluded with delivery of judgment from … Continued

  • Minister approves Environmentally Sustainable Development policies

    The Minister for Planning has announced the approval of the ‘Environmentally Efficient Design Local Planning Policies’ for six metropolitan councils (gazetted as the ‘Environmentally Sustainable Development’ (ESD) policies). The announcement follows the release of the combined … Continued