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Posted Mar 20, 2018 Valentine’s Day Delivers an Unsurprising End to a Long Journey
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CASE NOTE: PROBUILD CONSTRUCTIONS (AUST) PTY LTD V SHADE SYSTEMS PTY LTD [2018] HCA 4 On Valentine’s Day (14 February 2018), the High Court of Australia handed down its decision in the case of Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd v Shade Systems Pty Ltd [2018] HCA 4. This case concerned an appeal by Shade Systems […]

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Posted Mar 20, 2018 What is a Pay When Paid Provision?
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CASE NOTE: MAXCON CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD V VADASZ [2018] HCA 5 On 14 February 2018, the High Court of Australia handed down its decision in the case of Maxcon Constructions Pty Ltd v Vadasz [2018] HCA 5 (which was the same time that it handed down its decision in Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd v […]

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Posted Feb 26, 2018 Chain of Responsibility laws introduced in Queensland for Non Conforming Building Products
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INTRODUCTION In response to the Lacrosse Fire in Melbourne in 2014, the recall of faulty and potentially dangerous infinity electrical cables in 2015 and more recently the Grenfell fire in June 2017 the Queensland Government implemented the  Building and Construction Legislation (Non-Conforming Building Products ‒ Chain of Responsibility and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2017 (Qld) (“the NCBP […]

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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 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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