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Monthly Archives: April 2020

NSW Government announces first tranche of projects for fast-tracked assessment

On 28 April 2020, in a bid by the NSW Government to stimulate and lift the economy out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it announced the first tranche of construction projects to undergo the Planning System Acceleration Program (Program). The first tranche of projects The first tranche of projects to undergo the Program consists of 16 …
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JobKeeper FAQs: eligibility and payments

Vincent Young has compiled a list of FAQs to help employers understand the JobKeeper scheme.     If you would like to discuss this further and the implications for your business please contact our Employment + Workplace Relations Partner, Erin Lynch. Erin Lynch, Partner M +61 477 330 202 E erin.lynch@vincentyoung.com.au The contents of this publication do not …
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JobKeeper FAQs: directions and agreements

Vincent Young has compiled a list of FAQs to help employers who qualify for the JobKeeper scheme. NOTE: The ability to provide these directions and reach these agreements comes from the temporary changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and applies only where the employer qualifies for the JobKeeper Scheme and is entitled to …
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COVID-19 UPDATE: Construction sites permitted to operate on weekends + public holidays

Two Ministerial Orders have been released in relation to the operation of construction sites under the Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development – Construction Work Days) Order 2020 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development – Infrastructure Construction Work Days) Order 2020 (collectively, Orders). Under both Orders, construction sites are now permitted to operate …
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Galaxy Developments Pty Ltd v Civil Contractors (Aust) Pty Ltd t/a CCA Winslow & Ors [2020] QSC 51 (Galaxy Developments Case)

The recent decision of the Queensland Supreme Court in Galaxy Developments Pty Ltd v Civil Contractors (Aust) Pty Ltd t/a CCA Winslow & Ors [2020] QSC 51 (Galaxy Developments) examined whether an adjudication determination delivered outside the time period prescribed under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld) (Act) is void. Facts …
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COVID 19 Update – Temporary Changes to Foreign Investment Framework

Temporary changes to Australia’s foreign investment review framework were effective as at 10.30pm, by legal time in the ACT, on 29 March 2020 (Effective Time). The changes were made in response to the economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Key changes and implications Key changes to the foreign investment review framework and their implications …
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COVID 19: changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) give employers more flexibility

The Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Act 2020 (Cth) provides for temporary amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) to assist those employers who are eligible for the jobkeeper scheme. The amendments provide for the implementation of further flexibility to deal with the impact of COVID-19. The amendments provide for employers …
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COVID-19 Update: SME Commercial Leasing Code of Conduct

The National Cabinet agreed to implement a mandatory Code of Conduct on commercial leasing (Code), details of which were revealed on 7 April 2020. The Code imposes a list of good faith leasing principles to existing leasing arrangements across Australia, in response to the economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Code will be …
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COVID-19 Update for employers: three changes you may have missed

With things changing so rapidly, you may have missed some recent temporary amendments to legislation and modern awards that have been introduced to provide greater flexibility to employers (and employees) during this time.  These changes have come into effect in the last week and impact on the taking of long service leave in New South …
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