Tony Raunic

Tony Raunic

Partner / Principal

Melbourne


Personal Experience

Tony is one of Victoria’s leading local government and public law legal advisors. He leads Hunt & Hunt’s Melbourne office as Managing Principal and also has extensive experience representing parties in property transfers, leases and disputes.

In fact, Tony regularly acts for over 40 of the municipalities in Victoria providing advice on specific commercial, property and governance matters.  Tony also regularly represents the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and regional libraries including Yarra Plenty Regional Library Services, Casey Cardinia Regional Library and Geelong Regional Library Corporation.                                                

Tony brings the benefit of his own experience as an elected councillor having served two terms on the Shire of Nillumbik. During this period, Tony served terms as Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Victorian Local Governance Association and Municipal Association of Victoria delegate, chair of the Statutory Planning and Building Committee and numerous other council committees.

Tony often conducts both intensive full-day new councillor induction sessions and follow up refresher sessions for both metropolitan and regional councils. In 2020/21 Tony conducted training sessions for councillors at Ararat, Banyule, Buloke, Brimbank, Central Goldfields, East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Golden Plains, Greater Shepparton, Knox, Mansfield, Maroondah, Mildura, Murrindindi, Northern Grampians, Port Phillip, Whitehorse and Wyndham Councils. In 2021/22, Tony conducted training sessions for Banyule, Darebin, Hepburn, Hume and Moira Councils.  In 2022/23 Tony conducted training for Baw Baw, Brimbank,  Campaspe, Macedon Ranges, Moira and Moyne Councillors. So far in 2023/24 Tony has undertaken training of councillors at Central Goldfields, Corangamite, Gannawarra, Hobsons Bay, Horsham, Loddon, Manningham, Mildura, Moyne, Murrindindi, Northern Grampians, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Councils and is booked to undertake training sessions at several other councils in the near future.

Tony has also conducted numerous training sessions for council staff including in relation to specific legal areas and also more general probity and conflict of interest issues. Tony regularly serves as probity adviser in relation to key individual council procurement. He is also available for mentoring arrangements for Mayors, Councillors and senior council staff. 

Tony also has extensive experience representing Victorian Government departments and authorities in acquisitions, due diligence investigations, sales, leases, licences and general property work.

Tony also has a particular interest in the law relating to self-storage and advises the Self Storage Association of Australasia and its members throughout Australia.

Tony is presently a contributing editor and chapter author for the Local Government Service – Victoria, Thomson Reuters. Tony also is also the Victorian representative on the editorial panel of the National Local Government Reporter (Lexis Nexis) and a regular contributor of articles.

Tony regularly appears as an expert panellist/guest speaker including recently being a key presenter in: 

  • VLGA Governance Advisory Network – Local Government Reforms Session (Feb 24)
  • LGPro Local Government Reforms 2024 webinar (Feb 24)
  • VLGA Governance Advisory Network Meeting (Sept 23)
  • VLGA Connect Operation Sandon Special Edition (July 23)
  • LGPro CEO/Director Forum (July 2023)
  • LGPro Social Media Conference presenter (October 2022)
  • VLGA Connect The Governance Update podcast – regular guest presenter
  • Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Australia (September 2022)
  • LGPro Executive Leadership Program (XLP) – Governance Module (June 2022)
  • VLGA – Land Use Planning for Councillors (June 2022)
  • Law Institute of Victoria Leadership in Law Roundtable (May 2022)
  • LGPro Roundtable – Addressing the Skills Shortage (May 2022)
  • VLGA Councillor FastTrack Program (April 2022)
  • Hunt & Hunt Future Leaders Day (March 2022)
  • Interlaw: Real Estate in Recovery – The New Normal in Supply & Demand (Feb 2022)
  • Thomson Reuters: Rise of the Relationship Driven Law Firm (Oct 2021)
  • TVEd – Mind the Gap: Beyond the Disclosure Obligations in Residential Property Purchases (Oct 2021)
  • VLGA Election of a Mayor – More than just a title (Sept 2021)
  • LGPro Procurement Special Interest Group (June 2021)
  • Macquarie Bank Law (20)24 event (May 2021)
  • VLGA – Election related integrity discussion (Sept 2020)
  • VLGA – Election Regulations for Council Elections (July 2020)
  • Self Storage Association of Australasia Annual Conferences (2019 and 2023)

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Personal Experience

Tony is one of Victoria’s leading local government and public law legal advisors. He leads Hunt & Hunt’s Melbourne office as Managing Principal and also has extensive experience representing parties in property transfers, leases and disputes.

In fact, Tony regularly acts for over 40 of the municipalities in Victoria providing advice on specific commercial, property and governance matters.  Tony also regularly represents the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and regional libraries including Yarra Plenty Regional Library Services, Casey Cardinia Regional Library and Geelong Regional Library Corporation.                                                

Tony brings the benefit of his own experience as an elected councillor having served two terms on the Shire of Nillumbik. During this period, Tony served terms as Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Victorian Local Governance Association and Municipal Association of Victoria delegate, chair of the Statutory Planning and Building Committee and numerous other council committees.

Tony often conducts both intensive full-day new councillor induction sessions and follow up refresher sessions for both metropolitan and regional councils. In 2020/21 Tony conducted training sessions for councillors at Ararat, Banyule, Buloke, Brimbank, Central Goldfields, East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Golden Plains, Greater Shepparton, Knox, Mansfield, Maroondah, Mildura, Murrindindi, Northern Grampians, Port Phillip, Whitehorse and Wyndham Councils. In 2021/22, Tony conducted training sessions for Banyule, Darebin, Hepburn, Hume and Moira Councils.  In 2022/23 Tony conducted training for Baw Baw, Brimbank,  Campaspe, Macedon Ranges, Moira and Moyne Councillors. So far in 2023/24 Tony has undertaken training of councillors at Central Goldfields, Corangamite, Gannawarra, Hobsons Bay, Horsham, Loddon, Manningham, Mildura, Moyne, Murrindindi, Northern Grampians, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Councils and is booked to undertake training sessions at several other councils in the near future.

Tony has also conducted numerous training sessions for council staff including in relation to specific legal areas and also more general probity and conflict of interest issues. Tony regularly serves as probity adviser in relation to key individual council procurement. He is also available for mentoring arrangements for Mayors, Councillors and senior council staff. 

Tony also has extensive experience representing Victorian Government departments and authorities in acquisitions, due diligence investigations, sales, leases, licences and general property work.

Tony also has a particular interest in the law relating to self-storage and advises the Self Storage Association of Australasia and its members throughout Australia.

Tony is presently a contributing editor and chapter author for the Local Government Service – Victoria, Thomson Reuters. Tony also is also the Victorian representative on the editorial panel of the National Local Government Reporter (Lexis Nexis) and a regular contributor of articles.

Tony regularly appears as an expert panellist/guest speaker including recently being a key presenter in: 

  • VLGA Governance Advisory Network – Local Government Reforms Session (Feb 24)
  • LGPro Local Government Reforms 2024 webinar (Feb 24)
  • VLGA Governance Advisory Network Meeting (Sept 23)
  • VLGA Connect Operation Sandon Special Edition (July 23)
  • LGPro CEO/Director Forum (July 2023)
  • LGPro Social Media Conference presenter (October 2022)
  • VLGA Connect The Governance Update podcast – regular guest presenter
  • Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Australia (September 2022)
  • LGPro Executive Leadership Program (XLP) – Governance Module (June 2022)
  • VLGA – Land Use Planning for Councillors (June 2022)
  • Law Institute of Victoria Leadership in Law Roundtable (May 2022)
  • LGPro Roundtable – Addressing the Skills Shortage (May 2022)
  • VLGA Councillor FastTrack Program (April 2022)
  • Hunt & Hunt Future Leaders Day (March 2022)
  • Interlaw: Real Estate in Recovery – The New Normal in Supply & Demand (Feb 2022)
  • Thomson Reuters: Rise of the Relationship Driven Law Firm (Oct 2021)
  • TVEd – Mind the Gap: Beyond the Disclosure Obligations in Residential Property Purchases (Oct 2021)
  • VLGA Election of a Mayor – More than just a title (Sept 2021)
  • LGPro Procurement Special Interest Group (June 2021)
  • Macquarie Bank Law (20)24 event (May 2021)
  • VLGA – Election related integrity discussion (Sept 2020)
  • VLGA – Election Regulations for Council Elections (July 2020)
  • Self Storage Association of Australasia Annual Conferences (2019 and 2023)

Tony Raunic

Partner / Principal

Melbourne


Education and Accreditation

  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws, Melbourne University
  • Masters of Business Administration, La Trobe University and Ecole Superiore Du Commerce, Dijon, France

Publications

  • Property perks and pitfalls, Higher View Business
  • Victorian local government reforms – Local Government Reporter 2015 Vol 14 No 9.
  • Need for greater transparency in council decision making; Victorian Ombudsman speaks out – Local Government Reporter 2017 Vol 16 No 1.
  • Victorian Government gets tough with rogue builders – Local Government Reporter 2017 Vol 16 No 2.
  • Billboard challenges interpretation of existing use rights; Octopus Media Pty Ltd v Melbourne City Council – Local Government Reporter 2017 Vol 16 No 7&8.

Updating Author

  • Chapter 4 Council Administration, Local Government Service Victoria, Thomson Reuters December 2013.
  • Chapter 16, Roads, Local Government Service Victoria, Thomson Reuters April 2013.
  • Chapter 28, Tendering for Local Government, Local Government Service Victoria, Thomson Reuters December 2015.

Memberships and Associations

  • Member – Government Lawyers Section, Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member – Property & Environmental Law Section, Law Institute of Victoria
  • Editorial Panel Victorian Representative, Local Government Reporter, Lexis Nexis

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