The NSW Cabinet Reshuffle: What has changed?

6 Feb, 2017

On 30 January 2017, the Premier of New South Wales announced changes to the New South Wales Ministry. These were implemented through the Administrative Arrangements (Administration of Acts—General) Order 2017 (‘Administration of Acts Order‘) and the  Administrative Arrangements (Administrative Changes-Ministers) Order…

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Vesting of Crown Lands in Councils

21 Dec, 2016

The new Crown Lands Management Act 2016 (CLM Act), which will  eventually repeal the Crown Lands Act 1989, received royal assent on 14 November 2016. The majority of its provisions are not yet in effect. However provisions regarding the vesting of…

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Acting under delegation – Do you have the power?

30 Oct, 2016

The Courts are often required to consider the validity of decisions made pursuant to delegated authority. A recent decision of the Land and Environment Court provides an example of the difficulties which may arise when the terms of an instrument…

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Local Government Act Phase 1 Amendments in force

29 Sep, 2016

On 30 August 2016 the Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Act 2016  (Amendment Act) was made and the majority of its provisions are now in force. This blog sets out which provisions are in force or will shortly commence operation, and…

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To PIN or not to PIN – that is the question

18 Aug, 2016

Increases in the prescribed amount for penalty notices (PIN) for environment and planning offences have seen an increase in the use of PINs, and an increase in the instances where recipients elect to have these matters dealt with by a…

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