COVID-19 Update

Julian Ryan

New Councillor Gift Policy – what’s required?

This is the fourth of a series of articles on the staged introduction of the Local Government Act 2020(Vic) (the new Act), which applies to local Councils in Victoria. Victorian local Councils must adopt a Councillor Gift Policy (CGP) by 24 April 2021 to be compliant with the new statutory requirements set out in section 138 of … Read More

Local Council Community Engagement Policy: Time to get started

This is the third of a series of articles on the staged introduction of the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) (the Act), which applies to local Councils in Victoria.  For our previous articles, please visit here. On or before 1 March 2021, Victorian local Councils are required to adopt and maintain a community engagement policy … Read More

Deadline for Victorian Local Councils: Update your Councillor Code of Conduct

This is the second of a series of articles on the staged introduction of the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) (the new Act), which applies to local Councils in Victoria. Victorian local Councils must adopt an updated Councillor Code of Conduct (CCC) by 24 February 2021 to be compliant with the new statutory requirements set … Read More

The Local Government Act 2020 (Vic)

This is the first of a series of articles on the staged introduction of the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) (the new Act), which applies to local Councils in Victoria. In broad terms, the new Act will replace the Local Government Act 1989 (Vic) (the old Act), which sets out the roles and responsibilities of … Read More

Commercial tenancies during COVID-19 in Australia

Please note that the information contained below is current as of 11 May 2020 and may be subject to change. On 7 April 2020 the National Cabinet released the Mandatory Code of Conduct: SME Commercial Leasing Principles during COVID-19 (the Code). The Code sets out principles to negotiate amendments to existing commercial (including retail) leases … Read More

Governance: Comments from the regulator

The ACNC has published commentary on how the COVID-19 crisis will affect the ACNC, as well as charities and not-for-profits. The comments recognise the current climate might restrict a charity‚Äôs ability to hold regular Annual General Meetings, submit its Annual Information Statement (AIS) and otherwise conduct its operations as usual. Holding meetings Many charities will … Read More

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