COVID-19 Update

Public Sector

Victorian Buildings Beware – Are you compliant with your essential safety measures?

By Chloe Moorfoot, Partner and Malcolm Liu, Lawyer. Non-compliance with the Building Regulations 2018 (Regulations) for essential safety measures can result in serious consequences, including infringement notices, fines and prosecution. Additionally, the combustible cladding building inspections in Victoria are likely to expose buildings that are non-compliant with the essential safety measures. Therefore, is your building … Read More

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A New Normal: International Collaboration Under the Foreign Arrangements Scheme

By Jenni Lightowlers, Partner & Julian Ryan, Senior Associate It has been more than 9 months since Australia’s new foreign relations legislation commenced.  While CRCs are not themselves subject to the new rules, many of their participants and project partners will be, and the longer timeframes required to undertake to due diligence and obtain the … Read More

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2 Months to Go: DGRs to be ACNC-registered after 14 December 2021

By Julian Ryan, Senior Associate and Olivia Cassano, Lawyer. As of 14 December 2021, all non-government deductible gift recipients (DGRs) must also be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Significantly, these recent changes are part of a broader reform to Australia’s DGR framework, first announced almost four years ago.  Moreover, one of … Read More

Combustible Cladding News Update – A Brief Reprieve But An Inevitable End

By Malcolm Liu, Lawyer and Chloe Moorfoot, Partner On 16 September 2021, the Building Amendment (Registration and Other Matters) Bill 2021 (Bill) passed the third reading in the First House: Legislative Assembly. Hence, amongst other amendments, section 49A of the Bill proposes to amend section 134(2) of the Building Act 1993 (Act) by extending the … Read More

Mandatory Vaccinations for Construction Workers – What does this mean for you?

By Chloe Moorfoot, Partner and Malcolm Liu, Lawyer. Significantly, on 16 September 2021, the Victorian Government announced that construction workers across Victoria will need to show evidence to their employer that they have had a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 11:59pm this Thursday 23 September 2021. Moreover, public health officials have become increasingly … Read More

Rent Relief for Commercial Tenants in Victoria

By Chloe Moorfoot, Partner and Olivia Cassano, Lawyer In response to the financial hardship faced by commercial tenants as a result the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Victorian Government announced the reintroduction of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the Scheme). The Scheme is set out in the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Regulations 2021 (Regulations). The Regulations, … Read More

Victoria’s Combustible Cladding Nightmare – Local Council’s beware: Holy Sheet? We are responsible!

By Chloe Moorfoot, Partner It is estimated there are thousands of buildings in Victoria affected by the (now) defective combustible cladding issues. As the combustible cladding rectification fund dries up, it is clear that local government municipalities will be soaked by a new wave of claims and responsibilities to bring about rectification. Background of the … Read More

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

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