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Lapsing of Development Consents in NSW – change of activities to consider

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Current Position As Development Consents are expensive and time consuming to obtain, their retention has always been critical to developers, mining companies and landowners. Normally a Development Consent will lapse a date 5 years after...

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Company execution of documents in a COVID-19 world

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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a rapidly changing working environment, which has required companies to constantly pivot and adapt. In particular, signing paper documents in accordance with the law has become particularly challenging. However,...

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Trade Agreement with Indonesia set to commence in early July 2020

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In a move that goes against the negative news surrounding international trade, the Indonesian Government in early May ratified the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.  This free trade agreement (FTA) will now commence on 5...

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Caution over linking Chinese trade measures to Australia’s stance on a COVID-19 investigation

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In recent days, China has announced trade restrictive measures in respect of Australian agricultural exports.  Many are linking the measures to Australia being one of the first and most vocal countries calling for a probe...

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COVID-19 and commercial leases – Victoria issues Regulations to implement the Code

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Download PDF – Commercial Leases Regulations – Covid19 Background On 7 April 2020, the National Cabinet published a mandatory Code of Conduct (the Code) setting out the principles to guide negotiations around the structuring of...

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Avoiding trouble in tenders

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Tendering is a process by which entities, commonly governments and private sector entities (Principal), procure goods and services competitively. Principals are usually familiar with the Request for Tender document (RFT), issued to invite applications from...

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Understanding Contracts

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We talk about contracts daily. Whether it’s our favourite footballer signing that new million dollar agreement or that thousand page document our supplier requires us to sign – contracts are everywhere. Yet, despite their prevalence,...

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Privacy Awareness Week

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We’re proud to be a supporter of this year’s Privacy Awareness Week (PAW). PAW 2020 is about sharing information and practical tips that empower people to take control of their personal information. Running from 4...

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ASIC releases further details of deferrals and dispensations in response to COVID-19

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In our recent newsletter,  we reported on the announcement by ASIC on Monday 23 March 2020 that it was recalibrating its regulatory priorities to focus on COVID-19 challenges. On Tuesday 14 April 2020 ASIC provided...

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Coronavirus Workplace Law amendments

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A full text PDF of this article is available here. The Federal Government’s urgent response to the impact of coronavirus on the economy led to the passing of two Bills by the Commonwealth Parliament on...

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Commercial Leases and COVID-19 – Mandatory Industry Code

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The Prime Minister announced on Tuesday, 7 April 2020 that the Commonwealth, the State and Territory governments have agreed on a “mandatory” industry code of conduct governing commercial, industrial and retail leases impacted by the...

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Retail and commercial leases in a COVID-19 world

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This post is available as an info sheet: download here The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on retail and other businesses, most of whom occupy leased premises, and will continue to do so...

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