Clearing vegetation for bushfire protection

As the Australian fire seasons become longer and more intense, everyone in the community must plan and prepare as best as possible. Property owners are reminded that the majority of structures are lost to ember attack, rather than...

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New Local Government Legislation introduced to Victorian Parliament set to Change CEO Policies

The new Local Government Bill 2019 was introduced into Victorian parliament in mid-November, with the aim of modernising local government regulation. It closely reflects the reforms contained in the Local Government Bill 2018 w...

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New Laws for Workplace Manslaughter in Victoria – Be Prepared

An offence of “workplace manslaughter” is set to be introduced into the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (“OHS Act”) in Victoria. The proposed legislation was introduced on 29 October 2019 and is currently ...

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Succession Law Update – Part IV claims and the meaning of ‘dependent’

The Supreme Court of Victoria has finally provided its written reasons in the matter of Veniou v Equity Trustees Limited [2018] VSC 832, nearly a year after its initial decision to dismiss the matter. The decision is a landmark...

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Recent Changes to Employment Legislation and Regulations

In this edition: Changes to thresholds and rates Casual conversion Casual loading and double dipping Long Service Leave Act New Victorian Long Service Benefits Portability Scheme New Labour Hire Licensing Schem...

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Very Important Amendments to Victorian Duties and Land Taxes – The State Taxation Acts Amendment Act 2019

On 27 May 2019, the 2019-20 Victorian State Budget detailed increases to the land transfer duty surcharge for foreign buyers of residential property, the absentee landowner surcharge and the removal of the land tax exemption for c...

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