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Trunk vs. Non-Trunk Infrastructure and Conversion Applications

The Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act) gives applicants the ability to apply to Council to convert non-trunk infrastructure required by a condition of approval to...
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Environmental offsets: an overview of process

Many local governments, including many in Central Queensland, do not currently impose conditions in their development approvals in relation to environmental offsets.  Part of the...
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It’s not the end of the road if your development approval has lapsed

It’s that heart wrenching moment and panic that we all want to avoid as either developers or consultants when you realise your development approval has...
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Is your Infrastructure Charges Notice accurate? It pays to check…

Infrastructure charges are triggered when development occurs on land that creates an extra demand on the trunk infrastructure network.  Infrastructure charges are regulated under both...
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I need to make changes to my development approval … what are my options?

It’s not uncommon for applicants to find themselves in the situation where they need to make changes to their development approval. There are a few... (10) (1)

Additional Recovery Options Under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017

The Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIFA) was introduced in 2017 to replace the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004. BIFA... (6) (1)

Public Notification During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (Qld) (The Act) commenced on 23 April 2020 in response to a range of issues faced by industries and...
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Casual Employees; A Permanent Problem

When is a casual employee not a casual employee?  The answer seems to be when they have a “firm advance commitment” from their employer to...

Employee Redundancies During the COVID-19 Crisis

Last month we considered the issue of options available for employers to decrease business expenses to combat falling turnover. These options include standing down employees,...
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Contract Performance in a COVID-19 Economy

The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become an economic threat in which organisations are facing great challenges and preparing to respond quickly not only nationally, but...

Changes to Corporations and Bankruptcy Laws in Response to COVID-19

With COVID-19 affecting the economic viability of businesses across Australia, recent changes have been announced by the Federal Government to help affected businesses.  The Government... (7) (1)

New Mandatory Code for Commercial Leases During COVID-19

On 7 April 2020, the Government released the much-anticipated Mandatory Code of Conduct (the Code) to apply to certain commercial and retail leases during the...