Building Inspectors Role Judicially Clarified

Recently, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal ("VCAT") had cause to clarify the role and responsibilities of a building inspector in O'Hehir v Building Practitioners Board (Review and Regulation) [2015] VCAT 113. ...

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Victorian Court of Appeal Characterises Role of Executive Directors

In the recent decision of AIG Australia Limited v Jaques [2014] VSCA 332, the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria discussed the definitions of non-executive and executive directors in the context of policy interpr...

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Stricter Guidelines for ‘Owners Corporations’ in Victoria

Planning on reviewing your management contracts? Now is the time. New guidelines to increase the accountability and standards of owners' corporation management are set to commence in early 2015. Following a public review by the...

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Tariff Classification of Multi-Function Goods: Lessons From the AAT

As products evolve, tariff classification becomes increasingly challenging.  This is primarily due to modern products being designed to be multi-functional. Recently, a decision by the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribuna...

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Building Actions Limitation Period Issues Settled at 10 Years by Victorian Court of Appeal

Brirek Industries Pty Ltd v McKenzie Group Consulting (VIC) Pty Ltd [2014] VSCA 165: Building actions limitation period issues settled at 10 years by Victorian Court of Appeal. In a decision which has implications for some other s...

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Slashing through the red tape: Victorian reforms to reduce costs for the building industry

The Victorian Government revealed a number of red tape reforms recently in an attempt to reduce escalating costs and boost efficiency in the Victorian building industry. Reforms Thirty-six reforms were announced, covering a wi...

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