After languishing on the to-do list of the previous Parliament, the Local Government Bill 2019 is finally back, this time with additional reforms targeted at strengthening council election processes and councillor conduct standards. The 2018 Draft Bill … Continued
On 1 July 2020, Victoria’s new environment protection laws are intended to commence. The Environment Protection Act 2017 and the Environmental Protection (Amendment) Act 2018 (new EP Act) provide the new framework for environmental management … Continued
As we approach budget season, now is a good time for councils to consider the appropriate use of differential rates as part of their rating strategy. Generally, councils have broad and flexible powers in distributing … Continued
On 18 December 2018, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal) issued an important decision regarding the assessment of the site value of a heritage registered property (ISPT Pty Ltd -v- Melbourne City Council and Valuer … Continued
Where only part of a property is required for a public purpose, what valuation methodology is most appropriate? The answer will depend upon the particular circumstances of each case unless you are valuing the acquisition of land … Continued
On 19 September 2018, the Victorian Auditor-General (AG) delivered his independent assurance report to Parliament entitled ‘Delivering Local Government Services’ (Report). The Report follows auditing five Victorian local councils and examining Local Government Victoria (LGV) … Continued
Introduction Arising from the Victorian Government’s Smart Planning program, Amendment VC148 (VC148) was gazetted on 31 July 2018 introducing significant changes to all Victorian Planning Schemes (Planning Schemes). According to the Department of Environment, Land, … Continued
Following extensive consultation with the community, the Local Government Bill 2018 (Vic) was introduced into Parliament on 23 May 2018. If enacted, the Bill will repeal and replace the Local Government Act 1989 (Vic). The … Continued
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