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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

Reporting obligations of companies limited by guarantee

What is a company limited by guarantee? In Australia, a company limited by guarantee (CLG) is subject to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act) administered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Note: sections mentioned below refer to the Corporations Act. A “company limited by guarantee” is defined as a type of public … Read More

Cladding Safety Victoria Regulations 2020 (Vic): So Clad You Asked

Following assent to the Cladding Safety Victoria Act (Vic) 2020 (“Act”) on 4 November 2020, the Governor in Council signed off on the Cladding Safety Victoria Regulations (Vic) 2020 (“Regulations”) on 1 December 2020. This article will set out the particulars of the Regulations, predominately focusing on the rules relating to seeking funding from Cladding … Read More

TikTok, Parkinson’s Disease and a good-news story of Collaborative Innovation

A story of design innovation and ingenuity emerging from the video sharing app TikTok™ should not be as surprising as it first appears. Jimmy Choi, an American marathon runner and Ninja Warrior competitor, posted a video to social media site TikTok™ in late December 2020. Choi was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003 and demonstrated … Read More

Issuing valid invoices under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payments Act; when does an entitlement to the invoiced amount arise and consequences of invalid invoices

The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) (the Act) serves to act as an alternative to traditional litigation for the recovery of unpaid invoices and payments claims in the construction industry, with the benefit of being a quicker method of resolution. However, as a trade-off for such speed efficiency is the … Read More

Intellectual Property Summary

In this briefing, we provide an overarching summary of the key types of intellectual property being: Confidential Information Patents Copyright Trade marks – unregistered and registered Registered designs Plant Variety Rights 1. Confidential Information Example: Secret information about how a mouse trap works Protection: Requires strict secrecy Duration: Protected until publicly disclosed, including if independently … Read More

New Year – Trade Mark Checklist for 2021

With the beginning of the new year, it is important that you reflect on where you are and what you hope to achieve with your trade mark portfolio.  Whilst a ten-year renewal period for trade marks tends to encourage a ‘register and forget’ attitude, you can leverage and maximise your trade marks portfolio through regular … 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

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