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Getting to know the new Queensland Planning Act 2016: Planning instruments and Minister's powers
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • February 16 2017

This article is the second in our series examining the key provisions of the new Planning Act, which is expected to commence on 3 July 2017. State


New State heritage assessment trigger for development commences in Queensland
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • February 16 2017

Development that is a material change of use of premises (MCU) on a heritage place or on a lot that adjoins a Queensland heritage place is now


Native title agreement-making turned on its head
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • February 3 2017

The Full Federal Court's decision yesterday on how Indigenous land use agreements (ILUAs) are made will be of major interest to all government


How do we live the Greater Sydney Commission liveability dream?
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • February 2 2017

The draft District Plans adopt a holistic approach to liveability, envisaging cohesive communities with housing diversity and affordability, shared


Greater Sydney Commission draft District Plans and the affordable housing challenge - Sydney cannot afford to get it wrong
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • February 2 2017

The shortage of affordable housing in Sydney is at a crisis level and it threatens to undermine Sydney's competitive position as a global city. The


New building and precinct standards for reaching net zero emissions
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • December 8 2016

On 30 November 2016, the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy released a draft National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings and draft


The GasFields Commission Review - the Queensland Government responds
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • December 8 2016

The State Government has accepted the majority of the GasFields Commission Review's recommendations, and consultation on legislative changes will


A new approach to biodiversity conservation and land management
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • November 24 2016

The most significant changes to NSW biodiversity laws in at least a decade provide new opportunities and obligations for developers, infrastructure


Real Estate in 2016, what did I miss? and what do I need to know?
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • November 24 2016

Real estate regulation in Australia moved in great leaps in 2016, from strata law reforms to tax changes and identification requirements, and a whole


Defective caveats are ineffective caveats
  • Clayton Utz
  • Australia
  • November 10 2016

Failure to comply may mean that the caveat will be ineffective to prevent registrations of interests inconsistent with the caveat or could be grounds