Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme in Victoria – Details now available

As one of the measures to assist businesses impacted by the latest COVID-19 lockdowns, the Victorian Government announced on 28 July 2021 the reinstatement of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme for commercial and retail tenants....

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ASU wins changes to the Victorian Local Government Award, but Councils challenge longer shifts for Casuals

On 23 August 2021, the Fair Work Commission determined to make some amendments to the Victorian Local Government Award 2015 (VLG Award). The changes came off the back of an application by the Australian Services Union, which wa...

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The risks of writing your own Will

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown our lives into a state of uncertainty and during this time many people are considering whether they should make a Will or they are reflecting on their existing Wills to see whether it clearly se...

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The effects of social media on the 2020 Victorian Local Government election

In 2020, many Victorian Councils were faced with the difficulties of navigating an election period during the COVID pandemic. This contributed to candidate behaviours that were questionable, disruptive and unethical. The Local Gov...

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What happens when an executor fails to defend actions brought against the estate?

Family provision claims made by a de facto partner and a disabled adult child In Menzies v Perta; Perta v Perta  [2021] VCC 941, the deceased's de facto partner and daughter (from a previous relationship) issued proceedings in ...

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An update to the Complaints Practice Guide for Victorian Councils

Last month, the Victorian Ombudsman published an updated version of the 'Councils and Complaints – A Good Practice Guide' (Version 2) (Practice Guide). The Practice Guide incorporates important changes to enable Councils to comp...

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