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Federal Environment Legislation and Bilateral Agreements

In-House Memorandum ~ Status of Federal Environment Legislation and Bilateral Agreements The Federal Government’s ‘One Stop Shop’ framework includes a network of bilateral agreements established under the EPBC Act, which delegate approval powers for projects assessed under EPBC Act to […]

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Permit Conditions or S173 Agreements

In-House Memorandum ~ Permit Conditions or s173 Agreements Section 173 Agreements (‘S173’) are complex and often inappropriately sought or challenged, however they are a useful and powerful tool to secure long term planning objectives, we consider some cases that discuss […]

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Changes to Section 40 Water Act

In-House Memorandum ~ Section 40, Water Act Section 40, Water Act 1989 (Vic) provides a number of matters to which the Minister for Water (or his delegate) must have regard when considering applications for the issue, renewal, transfer or amendment […]

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Live Music Checklist

For both live music venue operators and developers it can be difficult to know where to begin and what to anticipate when navigating this relatively new and untested area of law. Before applying for a permit, there are key questions […]

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Planning Panels – What They Hear

In-House Memorandum ~ Planning Panels – What They Hear Planning panels are advisory in nature. Their recommendations do not bind a planning authority. During a hearing, a panel has authority to inquire into all aspects of a planning scheme amendment, and must […]

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Social Housing

In-House Memorandum ~ Social Housing Social housing is a current concern within planning policy. Although the provision of affordable housing is linked at Commonwealth, State and local government levels, and in Victoria through the Housing Act 1983 (Vic), local government […]

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Ecological Vegetation Classes

In-House Memorandum ~ Ecological Vegetation Classes  “Thank God, men cannot yet fly, and lay waste to the sky as well as the earth!” – Thoreau[1] As Henry Thoreau [1817-1862] witnessed the gradual clearing of woods around his village in 1850s […]

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Minor Works in Victorian Planning

In-House Memorandum ~ Minor Works in Victorian Planning The Victorian planning regime provides that any change to the natural condition of land constitutes ‘works’ and may require a permit in certain circumstances. ‘Minor’ works are frequently exempted from core planning […]

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Baby Gammy

In-House Memorandum ~ Baby Gammy The story of baby Gammy captured public attention, tag4 highlighted the dangers of international commercial surrogacy and the complexity of legal, ethical and moral issues associated with them. Whilst the actual facts of the baby […]

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Section 32 Amendments

In-House Memorandum ~ Section 32 Amendments Each Saturday, young couples throughout Victoria inspect houses and apartments with the hope of securing a new home. Before a prospective Purchaser signs a contract, the Vendor must provide a signed document, required under […]

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