With dedicated teams in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, who also work nationally together, we deal with state and Commonwealth laws in their commercial and practical context to deliver outstanding results and client service.
Our hands-on experience gained working both with and within planning authorities, coupled with our work for the private sector, enables us to provide practical, strategic and knowledgeable advice in relation to environmental, planning and regulatory issues.
We act for local councils, developers, institutional and other owners, investors, financiers, construction companies, energy and utility and other infrastructure providers, resource companies, government departments and agencies, including the New South Wales Department of Planning, consultants and others involved in the development, management and regulation of property, natural resources and infrastructure projects. We also have a strong reputation in connection with transactional issues, advocacy and mediation.
Our expertise includes:
Recent environmental experience
Recent transactional experience
26 May 2020 - Knowledge
The Morrison Government has released independent scientific research to identify and manage environmental impacts from potential gas developments in the Cooper, Isa and Beetaloo basins
13 May 2020 - Knowledge
The Property Council of Australia has called on state and territory governments to consider housing and display home inspections as they look at easing social distancing restrictions.
06 May 2020 - Knowledge
We look at how the temporary legislative amendments under the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 will affect the Victorian planning industry and the measures in place to facilitate the continual running of the business.
29 April 2020 - Knowledge
There has been a rapid and steep decline in sentiment across the Australian property industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic according to the ANZ Property Council industry survey for the June 2020 quarter. Economic management (33%) is considered the most critical issue for the property industry that should be addressed by the Australian Federal Government, according to survey respondents
22 April 2020 - Knowledge
The Australian Government Minister for Cities, State and Territory Planning Ministers, and the President of the Australia Local Government Association have entered into a Communique from Planning Ministers.
17 April 2020 - Knowledge
The Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act) is undergoing a ‘once in a decade’ review (Review).
15 April 2020 - Knowledge
The GBCA annual TRANSFORM launched the GBCA’s latest report, Green Star in focus: the business case. From attractive tax concessions to higher asset values, Green Star buildings boast decreased operational costs, lower electricity and water usage, and happier, healthier tenants that hang around for the long term
14 April 2020 - Knowledge
If, as a landowner, you do not agree with your recently received statutory land valuation, you can lodge an objection. In order for an objection to be considered, it must provide sufficient information to demonstrate that the valuation is incorrect. This would likely include valuation evidence based on comparable property sales. The objection must be lodged within 60 days of the date of issue of the valuation notice. For the 2020 annual valuations, this date is 5 May 2020.
08 April 2020 - Knowledge
The Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) is currently under review with submissions invited from stakeholders. This article summarises the issues raised in the review in relation to Indigenous culture and knowledge, which is highlighted as a key focus in the terms of reference for the review.
07 April 2020 - Knowledge
The NSW Government has made significant changes to the NSW Independent Planning Commission off the back of recommendations made by the NSW Productivity Commission.
06 April 2020 - Knowledge
In 2020, Queensland introduced waste codes for tyres and concrete, contributing to a new market for reusable waste under the State’s End of Waste Framework.
03 April 2020 - Knowledge
In order to give project participants the ability to mitigate the delays inherent in enforcing social distancing on construction sites, the NSW government has removed any constraint on working days in existing and future consents. We look at what the new order may mean for existing construction contracts.