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Author Archives: frances richards
The Department of Planning and Environment has indicated that it is updating its policies and procedures for the safekeeping, release and monitoring of financial securities for enforcement of obligations under conditions of development consent and planning agreements (PA’s). It has also … Continue reading
The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has published new guidelines for public sector organisations ‘Direct negotiations: guidelines for managing risks‘ (‘2018 Guidelines‘). The 2018 Guidelines replace the guidelines published by the Commission in 2006 (‘2006 Guidelines‘).
Complying development certificate for dwelling found invalid for lack of retaining wall certification
The Building Professionals Board (‘BPB‘) recently investigated a complying development certificate (‘CDC‘) issued by an accredited certifier for the erection of a dwelling. The CDC was issued without an engineer’s certificate for a retaining wall to support the excavation for … Continue reading
On 26 October 2018 the NSW Parliament passed legislation to introduce a statutory duty on both public sector agencies and private organisations to prevent the abuse of children.
In September 2018 the Department of Planning and Environment (‘DPE’) released guidelines for the DPE compliance unit for the operation of remotely piloted aircraft , also known as drones or unmanned aircraft (‘Drones’) in compliance and enforcement functions.
The protected airspace for Western Sydney Airport was declared under the Airports Act 1996 (Cth) and the Airports (Protection of Airspace) Amendment Regulation 1996 (Cth) on 19 October 2017. Development that infringes on protected airspace may require approval from the Australian … Continue reading
The NSW Department of Planning & Environment (‘DPE’) has announced that in regional NSW, approvals for new homes, home renovations and farm buildings will be made easier and faster when the Inland Code commences on 1 January 2019.
The Land and Environment Court (LEC) has recently considered what land can be considered to have the benefit of existing use rights and the application of development standards and controls in development control plans (DCPs) in the merit assessment of … Continue reading
On 23 June 2018 the NSW Government responded to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse. The responses announced include committing to applying child safe standards to make institutions safer for children. Councils provide services for children … Continue reading
At the end of June 2018, the Audit Office of New South Wales published the third in a series of sector-wide financial and performance audit reports of councils in New South Wales by the Auditor-General. The reports were published between … Continue reading