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Contamination Investigations – the Requirements for Your Next DA

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Consent authorities are becoming increasingly reluctant to grant development consent subject to a condition that investigations into the nature and extent of contamination can be carried out after, instead of before, the granting of consent....

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Don’t let your PPSR registrations expire!

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Security interests registered on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) in 2012 for a period of 7 years (the other registration period options being 25 years or indefinitely – provided that the collateral is not...

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Administrative Appeals Tribunal again makes it harder to obtain tariff concession orders

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In a recent case the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) found that a tariff concession order should not be made for imported driverless trains and in circumstances where driver operated trains were produced in Australia. The...

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

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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...

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Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 – What you need to know

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The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 commenced on 19 June 2019 in Victoria. The Act is the first of its kind in Australia, allowing individuals with a terminal illness or neurodegenerative condition and whose suffering...

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Not Just Child’s Play: The Importance of Outdoor Play for a Child’s Development

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On 5 June 2019, the NSW Land and Environment Court handed down its decision in Vella v Penrith City Council [2019] NSWLEC 1247. This matter concerned an appeal against the refusal of a DA to construct a 45-place child care centre. Whilst the proponent and Council were in agreement and wished to have a Consent Orders hearing, the NSW Department of Education's Early Childhood Directorate was required to give concurrence to the development. The Early Childhood Directorate refused concurrence.

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Australian Trusted Trader – Free trade agreement benefits

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Australian importers have new reasons to become accredited Trusted Traders with the Australian Border Force (ABF) announcing that Trusted Traders can enjoy the benefits of certain free trade agreements (FTA) without requiring a certificate of...

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APRA: Taking a Proactive Approach

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APRA was the subject of criticism and adverse commentary throughout the Royal Commission into Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services and in the Commission’s Report. It has been taking a more proactive approach this year and...

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Open Banking – Open Everything

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Much has been written about the move towards 'Open Banking' in Australia and the impact it will have for both banks and their customers.

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Customs Compliance – Now is the Time To Be More Vigilant than Ever

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This article was originally published in the Autumn edition of Across Borders, which can be found here Generally, Australia’s customs duty rates of 0-5% are not sufficient to motivate deliberate evasion of duty. In an...

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Why You Need a Lawyer in Your Next Lease Transaction

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At first glance, the relevance of an article about property leasing to transport operators may not be obvious. Well, your fleet has to reside somewhere and it’s likely you will need to lease premises for...

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When Land-Use Planning and Road Management Lumber Logistics

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Transport operators’ and transport industry suppliers’ core need for the public road network goes without saying. What is just as vital, but sometimes overlooked, is ensuring continued access to that network, and the best access...

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