The 2016 South Australian state-wide blackout and the subsequent localised blackouts in Victoria and New South Wales, together with the 2019 bushfires and serious smoke pollution have reignited the discussion on energy security and reliability. … Continued
The fire in the Lacrosse building in 2014 Melbourne heralded the beginning of intense focus on the quality of building work in Australia. 2020 will see that focus continue. Many of the Victorian Government’s taskforce … Continued
In the current market, we are seeing an increase in purchasers challenging measurements and dimensions on plans in off-the-plan sales, often claiming that the property purchased is smaller than the product they believed they purchased … Continued
Since the issue of VCAT’s advisory opinion in May 2015 (Opinion), the retail leasing sector has been grappling with uncertainty about a landlord’s ability to recover from a tenant certain costs incurred in complying with … Continued
The one thing that is certain to stay constant, is the changing nature of the public service. Between variations to agency size, structure and portfolio and changes in programs, it is critical for Commonwealth departments … Continued
On 1 July 2019, Australia’s new whistleblower laws commenced. The changes have expanded and strengthened the existing protections, which were criticised in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission as being inadequate and lagging behind … Continued
If, as part of your franchise network, you are a franchisor that performs the administrative function of collecting fees directly from customers that are mutual to you and your franchisees and you remit the balance … Continued
Earlier this year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) published its world first Digital Platforms Inquiry Report (Report) in which the ACCC considered the impacts of online search engines, social media and digital content … Continued
There are many commercial, legal and taxation issues that should be considered when determining the most suitable structure for a particular project. This can make for a difficult decision. Some of the key considerations when … Continued
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
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