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When being fair does not pay off: A lesson on ‘written directions’ and existing use rights

Australia - May 9 2019 In Fassoulis & ors v Mansfield Shire Council [2019] VCAT 376, the Tribunal considered, amongst other things, whether the Council had issued a ‘clear…

Report released on compliance and enforcement in the building and construction industry

Australia - May 3 2018 On 27 April 2018, the Building Minister’s Forum (BMF) released the final report by Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir entitled ‘Building…

Frances Hall, Simone Holding.

Standard regulatory powers: progress and prospects

Australia - February 14 2018 Four years ago, the Abbott government identified the unnecessary complexity, inconsistency and duplication across the Commonwealth statute book as a…

Building regulations update

Australia - May 23 2017 The Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2016 (Bill) was passed on 11 May 2017 and is awaiting assent. The Bill was amended twice…

Shared housing or shared dwelling?

Australia - May 9 2017 The key issue concerned whether the proposed building is: a ‘residential building’ for which a development permit is required in the General…