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The health and economic crisis shines a spotlight on the need for greater social and affordable housing
Insight 20 Nov 2020

The pandemic has laid bare Australia's overextended and under-invested social and affordable housing market. We look at some of the investment initiatives that have been pursued to date by the state governments. We  also suggest some regulatory and planning changes that can be made. ...

Build-to-rent: stimulating recovery, ensuring resilience
Insight 10 Nov 2020

Build-to-Rent (BTR) helps drive economic productivity, and with the right government intervention, could not only play a key role in Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, but also ensure the future liveability and resilience of our cities. ...

Double-duty provisions to receive much needed guidance on what constitutes 'land development'
Insight 01 Oct 2020

The Victorian SRO has released a draft revenue ruling in an effort to provide practical guidance as to what types of activities constitute 'land development'. Unfortunately, the Draft Ruling does not overcome the existing uncertainty in some common situations and arguably seeks to expand the types of activities that may be considered 'land development'. ...

Retail Leases Amendment Act 2019 (Vic): changes to landlord and tenant rights and obligations
Insight 21 Sep 2020

We examine the key amendments introduced by the Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic); and outline steps that both landlords and tenants should take in response. ...

More COVID-19 related planning changes in Queensland
Insight 15 Jul 2020

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Queensland Government has, since March 2020, made changes to streamline aspects of the planning system, and further changes are proposed. These further proposed changes are open for public submission until 7 August 2020. ...

Workplace manslaughter: Victoria's new workplace crime
Insight 03 Jul 2020

Under Victoria's new offence of workplace manslaughter, if a corporation or officer (which can extend to senior managers) is negligent and that results in a fatality, there will be a risk of criminal prosecution. Individuals will risk a lengthy sentence of imprisonment. ...

NSW turns up heat on developers of residential apartment buildings
Insight 12 Jun 2020

The Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (NSW) has passed. For developers of residential apartment buildings, we take a look at the key changes and outline the actions you should take next. ...

NSW reforms to fix building defects – potential for indeterminate liability?
Insight 12 Jun 2020

The NSW Government has enacted new legislation imposing new obligations on design practitioners, engineers and builders and sees a fundamental shift in the relationship between these practitioners and owners as part of its reforms to the building industry. For all owners, builders and designers, we examine these changes and outline steps you can take now. ...

Climate change and project approvals
Insight 26 May 2020

Climate change impacts have for many years been accepted as a relevant consideration in the assessment of planning and environmental applications in Australia. Until recently, the focus of consent authorities has been primarily on the direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of a project from owned and ...

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