Update: Victoria to further relax COVIDSafe settings

The State Government has today announced a further easing of COVIDSafe restrictions effective from 6pm Friday 26 March. What are the changes to restrictions? The State Government has published a table summarising the restrictions for the next period, a copy of which is attached along with the Media Release from Acting Premier James Merlino. Changes […]

Update: Circuit Breaker Action Business Support Package

The Victorian Government has recently announced a Circuit Breaker Action Business Support Package to provide financial support to eligible businesses that were impacted by the recent five-day snap lockdown. A summary of the different support packages available to eligible businesses is as follows: Business Costs Assistance Program This payment is designed to assist with costs […]

Update: Victorian lockdown to end at 11:59pm tonight

On Friday afternoon the State Government announced a 5-day lockdown to respond to cases of community transmission. This morning, the State Government has confirmed that the lockdown will end, as scheduled, at 11:59pm tonight. Following conclusion of the lockdown, the State will return to more or less the same restrictions that were in effect from […]

Update: 5-day lockdown announced for whole of Victoria

The State Government has today announced a short-term lockdown as a result of consecutive days of cases of community transmission, which originated from outbreaks from hotel quarantine sites. The lockdown will take effect as and from 11:59pm tonight and will conclude on 11:59pm Wednesday 17 February 2021. The lockdown will apply Victoria-wide in accordance with […]

Update: Return to mask wearing indoors

In response to a new locally acquired case of the UK variant of COVID-19 diagnosed in a hotel quarantine worker, the Victorian Government has announced additional restrictions that came into effect from 11:59pm on 3 February 2021. The updated Stay Safe Directions (Victoria) (No 13) are attached. The new restrictions include a reduction in indoor […]

Update: Easing of Requirements for Masks

The State Government has announced today that there will be a change to the requirements for wearing masks effective from 12:00am midnight on Sunday 17 January 2021. Currently, persons are required to wear masks in all indoor spaces (subject to particular exemptions). These requirements were introduced in late December 2020 following a brief period of […]

Residential developers beware: the sun has set on sunset clauses

The Sale of Land Act 1962 was amended on 4 June 2019. Included in those amendments are restrictions on the use of sunset clauses in certain off-the-plan contracts that will significantly impact residential developers. Sunset clauses are provisions in off-the-plan contracts that have typically allowed either the vendor or the purchaser to rescind an off-the-plan contract […]


Business identification and promotional signs are an essential part of any business. While signs themselves are designed to be eye-catching, the required planning approvals and the durations of those approvals are often overlooked. Subject to a small list of exemptions, almost all businesses will need planning permission from local council to develop and display signs […]

Seller Beware – New GST Withholding Regime

Changes to the GST payment rules have had significant impacts for property developers and purchasers alike since coming into effect on 1 July 2018. The changes require purchasers of new residential properties to withhold GST from settlement and pay it directly to the ATO. This is a significant change from the usual position where the […]

Amendment VC148 – Changes To all Victoria Planning Provisions

On 31 July 2018 the Minister for Planning gazetted Amendment VC148 to introduce a suite of changes to all Victoria Planning Provisions. The Amendment provides the most significant overhaul of the Victorian Planning Schemes since they were first introduced in 1997. The changes are a result of the Government’s Smart Planning Reform Program – a […]