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Posted Feb 26, 2018 Reforms to Improve Fire Safety Certification Commenced 1 October 2017
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On 1 October 2017, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Fire Safety and Building Certification) Regulation 2017 (“the new Regulations”) came into effect as part of a wider reform package that has been proposed by the NSW Government to improve building and planning laws in NSW. The new Regulations specifically provide fire safety reforms designed […]

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Posted Feb 26, 2018 Legislative Updates to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act
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Following closely in step with the Strata Legislation Reforms, almost 40 years after the inception of the EP&A Act, the NSW State government have decided to update the legislation that dictates the planning and development of our State. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017 was assented to by NSW Parliament last November 2017 […]

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Posted Feb 26, 2018 Draft Regulation for Identifying Combustible Cladding in NSW
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As part of the NSW Government response initiative to the Lacrosse Fire in Melbourne in 2014 and Grenfell Fire in the UK in 2017, the Department of Planning and Environment has released a draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Identification of Buildings with Combustible Cladding) Regulation 2017 for public consultation. The draft regulation proposes that […]

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Posted Jan 30, 2018 Developer Bonds—A Quick and Easy Fix for Defects?
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On 1 January 2018, changes to the new Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) (the SSMA) commenced which now require for developers to lodge a building bond with NSW Fair Trading on behalf of the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (the Building Bond Secretary) to the value of 2 percent of the contract value […]

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Posted Jan 29, 2018 “Legally Unreasonable”: Perhaps New Ground to Challenge Adjudication Determinations?
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Case Note: Bouygues Construction Australia Pty Ltd v Southern Cross Electrical Engineering Ltd In this recent decision on whether or not to grant an interlocutory injunction, the Supreme Court considered what might constitute a “jurisdictional error” for the purposes of challenging an Adjudication Determination. Background and Relevant Facts Southern Cross Electrical Engineering Ltd (“Southern Cross”) […]

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