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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

Making waves: Maddocks advises on Manly Fast Ferry sale February 12, 2018

Monday 12 February 2018 Maddocks has advised the founders and operators of the Manly Fast Ferry on their divestment of the company to NRMA, Australia’s peak road association. The firm advised Richard and Will Ford, … Continued

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Radio Refunds: How to avoid breaching your responsible lending obligations February 15, 2018

Background Major Australian retailer, Thorn Group, and its consumer leasing business, Radio Rentals, has agreed to refund almost $20 million to customers who entered into leases with the company following an ASIC investigation into breaches … 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

  • 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

  • Electricity Supply Amendment (Energy Savings Scheme) Bill 2015 (NSW)

    In our September 2015 Sustainability and Climate Change Quarterly update, we commented on the possible alignment of State Energy Efficiency Schemes (ESS).  Our September 2015 update can be viewed here. As foreshadowed, on 13 October … Continued

  • Recent decision sheds light on approach to cumulative impact assessments

    Tarkine National Coalition Inc v Minister for the Environment [2015] FCAFC 89 A recent decision of the Full Federal Court of Australia has shed light on the approach to cumulative impact assessments under the Environment … Continued

  • Recent environmental news

    Inquiry into the EPA A major public inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) commenced on 1 June 2015. This inquiry will look closely at the EPA to establish how the government can develop the … Continued

  • Review of NSW’s energy efficiency scheme – an opportunity to align state schemes

    In our June 2015 Sustainability & Climate Change Quarterly Update, we considered the State-based energy efficiency schemes operating in Victoria. You can access that article here. In this article, we outline details of the review … Continued

  • Councils leading the way with sustainable development

    A number of Victorian councils have sought to fill a perceived gap in federal and state policy regarding sustainable development. In particular, in 2014, six Victorian councils – Banyule, Moreland, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse and Yarra City … Continued