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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

Maddocks signs on for Luminance AI platform May 24, 2018

Thursday 24 May 2018 Maddocks has adopted an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to assist in streamlining due diligence processes. The firm has signed on to use the market-leading Luminance AI platform to provide due diligence … Continued

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Strategic use of regulatory action policies: an example in the context of Freedom of Information May 23, 2018

Regulatory action policies (including strategies and statements issued by regulators) are a useful tool for regulators to signal the importance of a particular regulatory area to the regulated sector and to the public at large. … Continued

Reading Room

  • 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

  • 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