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  • 22
    Jul
    2013

    Client Newsletter: Recent changes to the Planning and Environment Act 1987

    A suite of changes to the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (PE Act) came into operation on 22 July 2013. The changes implement a number of government election commitments and are designed to improve the general operation of the Act, and in particular, to improve and simplify key planning processes.
  • 17
    Jul
    2013

    Client Newsletter: Reforms to Native Vegetation Regulation

      The Victorian Government has released a new policy: Permitted Clearing of Native Vegetation - Biodiversity Assessment Guidelines (2013). The new policy replaces Victoria's Native Vegetation Management - A Framework for Action (2002) and seeks to ensure that clearing of native vegetation results in no net loss to Victoria's biodiversity. This is a policy shift from the previous requirement for 'net gain'. In September 2013, the new policy will be incorporated into all planning schemes in Victoria. There will also be associated reforms to the State Planning Policy Framework, and planning controls concerning the removal of native vegetation. The reforms will introduce new risk-based pathways for permit applications to remove native vegetation. Most applications will fall in the low risk pathway, which has fewer application requirements than other pathways.
  • 28
    Jun
    2013

    Client Newsletter: Protected Disclosure Act 2012

    The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 (PD Act) facilitates disclosures of improper conduct by public officers and public bodies, and provides protection from detrimental action to the person making the disclosure, as well as witnesses and persons who are the subject of an investigation. However, not all disclosures will be captured by the PD Act. Entities must establish procedures under the PD Act before 10 August 2013.
  • 06
    Jun
    2013

    Seminar: Protected Disclosure Act 2012 - A Voyage of Discovery

    Vanessa Twigg's Powerpoint Presentation "Protected Disclosure Act 2012 - A Voyage of Discovery", seminar held on Thursday 30 May 2013.  
  • 23
    Apr
    2013

    Case Note: Decision on the internal working documents and legal professional privilege exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 1982

    Case Note: Decision on the internal working documents and legal professional privilege exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.  
  • 23
    Apr
    2013

    Client Newsletter: Referral Authorities - New roles and responsibilities

    Newsletter: Referral Authorities - New roles and responsibilities.  
  • 03
    Apr
    2013

    Seminar: Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Seminar: Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 25
    Mar
    2013

    2013 Trainee Lawyers

    Five trainees have joined the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) as part of its 2013 Traineeship program.  As in previous years, the program attracted many candidates of an extremely high calibre.
  • 09
    Jan
    2013

    Podcast: Emergency Alert System Project

    Please click here to access our latest podcast on the Emergency Alert System project, run by the Office of the Emergency Service Commissioner.  Interviewer: Shaun Le Grand, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor, Police   Interview panel:  Alan Foster, Office of the Emergency Service Commissioner  Wendy Grenville, Office of the Emergency Service Commissioner  Sarah Daniell, Victorian Government Solicitor's Office
  • 18
    Oct
    2012

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