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Planning Minister bans external cladding products in Victoria

Planning Minister bans external cladding products in Victoria

As foreshadowed in our May 2020 article, the Victorian Planning Minister has now prohibited the use of certain external wall cladding products in the construction of multi-storey buildings....

20 January 2021

Pre-COVID FIRB Thresholds to be Reinstated on 1 January 2021

Late on 9 December 2020, the Treasurer announced that the current $0 monetary screening thresholds for FIRB applications will be lifted on 1 January 2021, resulting for the...

11 December 2020

Cladding Safety Victoria Bill 2020: Sparking change to combustible cladding in Victoria

Following the fires at Grenfell Tower in London and at the Lacrosse Building in Melbourne, the Victorian Government has sought to develop policy solutions to rectify the dangerous...

12 November 2020

COVID-19 enhances risks of bribery and corruption

COVID-19 has caused economic hardship for companies around the globe and has required many to act quickly in order to ensure supply of in-demand goods or services. ...

28 October 2020

Major tax success for utilities: appeal judgment handed down in Victoria Power Networks

The Full Federal Court handed down its decision in Victoria Power Networks Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation on 21 October 2020, with a unanimous decision to...

28 October 2020

Queensland COVID-19 relief for tenants – extended, but with two key changes

Queensland’s Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 (Regulations) has been amended – extending its effect to the months of October, November and...

28 October 2020

COVID-19 economic recovery in Melbourne - planning scheme amendment introduced to assist the Victorian hospitality industry

On 21 October 2020, the Victorian Minister for Planning introduced further temporary changes to provide greater flexibility to the hospitality industry.

27 October 2020

Extension of Commercial Tenancies Declaration

On 10 September 2020 the ACT Government announced the extension of the Leases (Commercial and Retail) COVID-19 Declaration 2020 to assist commercial tenants affected by the pandemic and...

15 September 2020

Financiers and principals beware: new protections for contractors in Queensland

The Queensland Government has recently passed legislation imposing additional statutory obligations to ensure security of payment to contractors, following receipt of a favourable adjudication determination.

07 September 2020

Do you need to make a 30 Sept 2020 notification under the Qld Foreign Ownership of Land Register Act?

The end of this month (i.e. 30 September 2020) is a key date for foreign businesses with land interests in Queensland to ensure they have made notifications which...

04 September 2020

Supreme Court hands down decision in Westgem Investments Pty Ltd v Commonwealth Bank of Australia Ltd

This article was written by James Wang, Emma Kay and Stephanie Puris.The Supreme Court of Western Australia has handed down its decision in the litigation concerning the financing...

31 August 2020

ACCC releases Murray-Darling Basin inquiry interim report

The Federal Government has announced that it will direct the ACCC to conduct a market inquiry into the water markets operating in the MDB.

06 August 2020
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