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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

Latest Article

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

  • A warning for agents – how to avoid underquoting

    Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) commenced proceedings in the Federal Court last week against real estate agency Hoskins Maroondah (Hoskins) and its director, alleging, among other things, that Hoskins underquoted on the sale of 26 properties … Continued

  • 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

  • GST withholding regime – changes for property transactions

    The Exposure Draft for the GST withholding regime for property transactions has been released. This withholding regime was announced as part of this year’s Federal Budget and is targeted at increasing GST compliance for property … Continued

  • Shared housing or shared dwelling?

    In March 2017, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal), constituted by H. McM. Wright QC, directed a council to issue a certificate stating that the use and development of land (as described and identified in … Continued

  • What’s your plan?

    The new Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 and the Building Code 2016 (Code) are in force. With the confusion surrounding the implementation of these instruments, many in the industry are left to … Continued

  • Changes to retail leasing legislation in NSW

    On 1 March 2017 the Retail Leases Amendment (Review) Act 2017 No 2 (NSW) (the Amendment) received assent from the Governor of NSW. When the Amendment commences on a day to be proclaimed, it will … 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

  • Are you doing Federally funded building work? Building Code deadline for non-compliant enterprise agreements brought forward

    In December 2016, we provided an update on the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission and the introduction of the new Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (Code). A new … 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

  • The importance of wording in contractual clauses

    A recent Supreme Court of Appeal decision demonstrates the importance of the wording in contractual clauses, and in particular joint valuation clauses. The decision in Adnow Pty Ltd (as trustee for the Adnow Pension Fund) v Greenwells … Continued