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Protecting principals and security of payment – WA Government launches new Industry Advisory Group

In the wake of some high profile WA builders entering administration, the WA Government has launched a review to improve security of payment for local subcontractors.

27 March 2018

Lease Variation Charge Deferral – a step in the right direction

The ACT Government after prolonged deliberations with industry is looking to ease the LVC burden by introducing an option to permit the deferral of the LVC payment.

09 March 2018

Queensland’s Project Bank Account regime now in force

To protect the interests of subcontractors, the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act introduces a mandatory requirement for PBAs to be established by head contractors.

01 March 2018

The Senate Economics References Committee interim report on aluminium composite cladding in Australia - What can we learn about further reform?

The interim report forms part of a broader effort by industry and government to address non-conforming & non-complying building products in construction following the Grenfell Tower fire in...

04 October 2017

Common issues in Australian agricultural sale and leaseback transactions

Sale and leaseback deals are an attractive way for institutional investors to obtain exposure to the agricultural sector but there are common issues that need to be carefully...

27 September 2017
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Investing in Australian real estate: Tax concessions for Managed Investment Trusts

A number of tax concessions are available for Australian investment vehicles that qualify as managed investment trusts (MITs) for tax purposes. These were designed to encourage investment into...

15 September 2017

Taxes on real estate deals - Australian State and Territory Budgets

Australia's State and Territory budgets have continued a trend of imposing taxes on foreign investment in real estate. Find out more about the stamp duty and land tax...

04 September 2017

Investing in Australian real estate: Financing options

While debt from Australian banks remains the primary source of finance, investors are increasingly diversifying their capital base by incorporating mezzanine finance and debt from foreign banks.

06 July 2017
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Senate inquiry into cladding and building materials in Australia

Australian Government announces inquiry into the use of cladding, following the Grenfell disaster and reports that a number of buildings are suspected of non-compliant building materials.

04 July 2017

Development consent for Walsh Bay Arts Precinct ruled invalid – implications for staged developments

The validity of certain staged development applications, and consents granted on the basis of those applications, is in question question following Bay Simmer Investments Pty Ltd v State...

19 June 2017

Investing in Australian real estate: Managed investment schemes

Most trusts investing in real estate are “managed investment schemes” (MIS) under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). Find out more about the registration, regulation and changes to schemes.

26 March 2017

Investing in Australian real estate: Types of investment structures available

Investments in Australian real estate can be made either through a direct acquisition or indirectly by acquiring ownership of a corporate or trust structure.

06 March 2017