Objectors given more time – changes to planning regulations

Recent changes to the Planning and Environment Regulations have extended the time for objectors to apply for a review of a decision of a responsible authority under section 82 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Under the new regulations, objectors now have 28 days to apply for review. This is an increase from the … Read more

ACCC to begin enforcing new food labelling requirements

In July last year, we wrote about the new Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016 (Standard) that has from 1 July 2018 replaced former requirements under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Under the new Standard, many foods are now required to feature new labels that are designed to convey more information about the product’s origin, in … Read more

WAPC policy on renewable energy released

One of the major obstacles facing renewable energy projects in Australia is the length of time it takes to obtain planning approval. Delays in the approvals process add to the cost of a project and impact investment decisions1. The WA Planning Commission (WAPC) has published a draft position statement (policy) to provide guidance to local councils … Read more

Automotive Industry Group Regulatory Update – June 2018

Welcome to the June 2018 HWL Ebsworth Automotive Industry Group Regulatory Update. HWL Ebsworth seeks to keep you updated with the changing automotive industry environment across new legislation, developing policy and pertinent case law developments. This Update provides essential information for those wanting to stay abreast of the challenges and issues facing the automotive industry. Should … Read more

Are you taking “reasonable steps” in the right direction in your franchise network to ensure workplace compliance?

Last week the Fair Work Ombudsman released its “Guide to promoting workplace compliance in your franchise network” (the Guide). The new resource was launched as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James’s speech to the Franchise Advisory Centre’s Franchise Management forum, which was held on 13 June 2018 in Brisbane. During her speech Ms James … Read more