Construction eBulletin - 2 June 2017

As a result of the changes to strata law in New South Wales contained in the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW), where an Owners Corporation fails to comply with its duty to repair and maintain the common property, it may now be liable to pay damages for loss caused by its breach.

This eBulletin sets out the position regarding property damage and economic loss claims against Owners Corporations six months on from the commencement of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW).  Read more...

Construction eBulletin - 16 May 2017

The Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016 (Vic) was passed in 2016, introducing a number of changes to the regulation of building work in Victoria with the aim of enhancing consumer protection for domestic building work. Some of these changes came into effect on 26 April 2017.

In this eBulletin, we discuss the latest changes that commenced on 26 April 2017.
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Construction eBulletin - 25 January 2017

In another key decision involving security for payment adjudications, the NSW Court of Appeal unanimously confirmed that adjudications under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (Security of Payment Act) can only be set aside by a court if jurisdictional error is established.

In this eBulletin, we review the decision and look at what it means for principals, developers and contractors.  Read more...

Construction eBulletin - 16 January 2017

In December 2016, the High Court handed down its first-ever decision about how the security of payment legislation in Australia should be used to obtain payments. We take a look at the High Court's decision and clarify what it means for principals, developers and contractors.  Read more...

Construction Law eBulletin - 15 December 2016

With the pressure placed on building practitioners to deliver innovative buildings quickly and cheaply, it can often be tempting to install now and ask questions later. However, it is important for designers and builders alike to be aware of the risks posed by the use of defective or non-compliant building products.  Read more...

Construction Law eBulletin - 31 August 2016

Earlier this year, new legislation was introduced by the Victorian government which brings about changes to the regulation of building work in Victoria and aims to enhance consumer protection for domestic building work. We take a look at the changes that will come into effect on 1 September.  Read more...

Construction Law eBulletin - 1 July 2016

Earlier this year the Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016 (Vic) was passed, which introduces a number of changes to the regulation of building work in Victoria and aims to enhance consumer protection for domestic building work. In this eBulletin, we discuss the coming changes.  Read more...

Construction Law eBulletin - 1 June 2016

Last week, the Victorian Court of Appeal confirmed that mediation is not a "method for resolving a dispute" under Victoria's Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2002. In this eBulletin, we look at the decision and its implications for parties to construction contracts in Victoria.  Read more...

Construction eBulletin - 16 December 2014

The Queensland government has made changes to the Queensland Building and Construction Industry Payments Act, which significantly changes the way in which parties to construction contracts in Queensland enforce their rights to payment. We summarise the key changes and how they will affect principals, developers and contractors undertaking construction work in Queensland.  Read more...

Projects, Construction & Infrastructure eBulletin - 13 November 2013

In this edition of Milestones we propose a procurement model which would significantly de-risk superannuation fund (and other) investment in greenfield infrastructure projects; we look at the key changes brought about by the NSW Self Insurance Amendment Act 2013; and we discuss recent changes to national legislation regarding the scope of director's liability for environmental offences  Read more...

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