Announcements for BSP Lawyers

BSP Lawyers are pleased to announce the following from 1st July 2021:- Tim Wills is welcomed as a Director of the firm. Brett Taback will be appointed as a Principal Lawyer of the firm. Both long term employees of the business, Tim and Brett look forward to continuing to grow their practices in the property […]

Update: Victoria’s lockdown extended for a further 7 days

The State Government has today announced that Victoria’s lockdown will be extended for a further 7 days, until Tuesday July 27 at 11:59pm. Further Business Support The State Government announced on Friday that businesses that have and will receive payments through the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund and Business Costs Assistance Program relating to the May-June lockdown will receive […]

Update: 5-day lockdown announced for whole of Victoria

The State Government has today announced a short-term lockdown as a result the recent COVID-19 outbreak.   The lockdown will apply state-wide and take effect as and from 11:59pm Thursday 15 July until 11:59pm Tuesday 20 July.   The lockdown rules are stated to be the same as the previous lockdown which occurred on 28 […]

Update: Changes to Seating Requirements

The new Restricted Activity Directions (Victoria) No. 17 were published overnight and are in effect in Victoria for the next two weeks. A copy of the Directions is attached. Following a review of the directions, our office is able to provide some more clarity require the provision of seated and standing service, and dancefloors. 1. […]

Update: Further easing of restrictions in Victoria

The State Government has today announced a further easing of restrictions in both Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne effective from 11:59pm on Thursday 8 July 2021. This latest stage of restrictions are proposed to remain in effect for two (2) weeks, following which a further easing in restrictions is likely to occur. Importantly, restrictions in […]

Update: Change to outdoor area COVID-19 temporary policies

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) previously implemented policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic allowing existing licensees to apply for temporary limited licences to allow supply of liquor for consumption in outdoor areas. Separate policies applied to public outdoor areas and privately-owned outdoor areas. The licences for public areas will remain […]

Update: Further easing of restrictions

The State Government has today announced a further easing of restrictions in both Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne effective from 11:59pm on Thursday 17 June 2021. A table describing the changes in restrictions is attached, and a summary of those key changes are as follows: What are the changes to restrictions? Metropolitan Melbourne Restrictions will […]

Update: Regional Tourism Support Package

The Victorian Government announced on Sunday a new Regional Tourism Support Package to support tourism operators in regional Victoria who have been affected by restrictions in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak. This support package will provide the following types of support: Regional Travel Voucher Scheme The Victorian Government has announced a further 80,000 travel […]

Update: New Directions published for Regional Victoria

The DHHS has published new written directions overnight, including those that relate to the staged re-opening of facilities in Regional Victoria. Copies of relevant directions are attached, and we provide the following summary of key details: Residency Checks The Directions contain more guidance with respect to the obligations on Regional Victorian venues when checking the […]

Update: Temporary COVID Disaster Payment

The Federal Government has today announced a Temporary COVID Disaster Payment for individuals who are unable to work and unable to earn an income as a result of State health COVID-19 restrictions. The payment is provided on a week by week basis in the amount of $500 for people in designated COVID-19 hot spots who […]