The National dialogue relating to non-conforming building products continues, with the release on 6 September of an interim report by the Senate Economics References Committee. The Committee’s recommendations, if adopted, will fundamentally reshape the national building and construction landscape for building practitioners, company directors, and apartment owners.
Significant changes are on the horizon for building standards relating to fire safety, with draft amendments to all building codes expected to be adopted in March 2018. Building owners and professionals will need to keep up with the planned changes.
New law in relation to claims for financial loss as a consequence of a reservation of land under section 98 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 - The Supreme Court of Victoria departs from Gobbo J’s judgment in Mario Piraino.
This alert is relevant to industry regulated by the EPA, water corporations, local government and planning authorities.
This alert is relevant to water corporations and local government.
This alert is relevant to the waste industry, water corporations and local government (waste services and statutory planning).
The Minister for Planning has recently approved a number of important amendments to the Victorian Planning Provisions.
Happening Now - National Review of Security of Payment Legislation
On 13 October 2016, the State Government released the State Taxation Acts Further Amendment Bill 2016. This Bill seeks to amend the provisions of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 which deals with the growth areas infrastructure contribution (“GAIC”). If passed, the amendments would have a significant impact on developers, land owners, councils and other public authorities which deal with land affected by the GAIC.
When an interest in land is compulsorily acquired, a claimant can be entitled to solatium pursuant to s.44 of the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986. Solatium is compensation for the intangible and non-pecuniary disadvantages resulting from the acquisition.
Water corporations are often required to compulsorily acquire easements to construct and upgrade infrastructure within their respective regions.