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Will they or won't they? Will the responsible lending reforms pass the Senate?
Insight 11 Jun 2021

Ahead of the next Senate sitting on 15 June 2021, we have prepared a short timeline summarising the history and progression of the Bill, along with relevant commentary and supporting material. ...

3D printing – new rules for personalised medical devices
Insight 11 Jun 2021

Australia's new regulations governing personalised medical devices, including 3D-printed devices, will have significant effects. They narrow the definition of custom-made medical devices, which will continue to be given regulatory exemptions but be subject to more regulatory requirements. ...

Gas pipeline reforms update
Insight 11 Jun 2021

The Energy National Cabinet Reform Committee has released a Decision Regulation Impact Statement (DRIS) identifying a proposed package of reforms for gas pipeline regulation in Australia. ...

Commitment made, now to implement: embedding ESG best practice
Insight 10 Jun 2021

In terms of achieving the potential to use international law frameworks as a tool to set company policy on ESG issues, we discuss recommendations for using these frameworks to audit the commitments the company makes. ...

Elevating ESG: how to establish and embed leading practices
Insight 10 Jun 2021

It is essential to prioritise ESG. A confluence of factors are accelerating the importance of ESG and these have material impacts for organisations operating in Australia. This insight will assist boards, senior executives, in-house counsel, sustainability teams, and risk and compliance leaders to act as strategic partners to the business as it shapes its ESG agenda. ...

No criminal conduct found in Australia's first competition law matter heard by a jury; and other developments
Insight 10 Jun 2021

Country Care criminal cartel conduct case; Mosaic; Honeysuckle Health and nib; Jump swim; and Salesforce Slack merger. ...

National Electricity and Gas rules update: May 2021
Insight 10 Jun 2021

In our latest update, we examine the progress of new and existing rule change requests to the AEMC across the month of May, as well as take a closer look at the AER's progress to refresh its Electricity Distribution Ring-fencing Guideline. ...

A tale of two courts: are wind farm assets fixtures or chattels?
Insight 09 Jun 2021

Wind farms and other renewable energy sponsors should be aware of two recent decisions of the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales, which have raised doubt over whether wind farm assets are chattels or fixtures. We briefly explore the key findings of each court and consider some broader repercussions of these decisions for the renewable energy industry. ...

Navigating the energy transition
Insight 09 Jun 2021

Australia is rapidly transitioning away from a centralised, coal-based energy system to one that is more decentralised and focused on renewable energy. This transition is being accompanied by increasing scrutiny of the human rights performance of renewables projects, including new benchmarking and a greater number of complaints. It is critical to know what practical steps to take towards implementing and embedding a strong approach to human rights compliance. ...

Key energy focus areas

Australia's energy market is transforming. This transition is inspiring as we look to a greener energy future, but getting there will involve significant change in terms of regulation, the generation mix and the network infrastructure which underpins the system. ...