Category: Building & Construction

Update | Construction Industry Health Directions

As we reported last night, the State Government has announced a 2-week temporary shutdown of all construction sites (with the exception of designated State Critical Infrastructure Projects) in Metropolitan Melbourne and in the Ballarat, Geelong,…

Construction site compliance blitz

A recent State Government announcement revealed that due to recently observed COVID-19 impacts on the construction industry, the Industry Enforcement and Engagement Operation and Building Authority and Worksafe bodies will be conducting a 4-week long…

County Court argues for better resourcing at VCAT

Although it’s trite to say the pandemic has had an impact on Victoria’s courts and tribunals, the difficulties experienced at the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal have been profound. The Tribunal was under the microscope…

Construction sites to mask up

Construction industry associates and unions yesterday updated their guidelines – Revision 5 of the COVID-19 Guidelines for the Building and Construction Industry Victoria – following the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation to all adult Victorians living…

Construction update – SOPA legislation an essential service

As the construction industry sees out the current project cycle before a (hopefully short) hiatus, we are seeing a spike in the use of security of payment legislation to secure much needed cash flow. Adjudication…

120 years of contract law overturned by High Court of Australia

Having acted for the builder in the case of Mann v Paterson Constructions, Jonathan Kenny and Peter Lettieri discuss the High Court of Australia judgment which has overturned 120 years of contract law and has…

What the High Court’s judgment in Mann v. Paterson Constructions means for builders

Media Release Leading property and commercial law advisory firm, Kalus Kenny Intelex (KKI), has provided comment around this week’s High Court judgment in Mann v. Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd. [Peter Mann & Anor v. Paterson…

Anxiety over imminent change to stamp duty law

The State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2019 accelerated through Parliament last week has caused anxiety amongst stakeholders in the Real Estate Industry. This imminent change to stamp duty law levies duty on Development (and perhaps…

High Court to consider a builder’s claim for reasonable value of work done

We are acting for a builder that succeeded in making a claim for reasonable value of work done. The point of law is to be considered by the High Court later this year and has…

Are you building?

Are you building? Make sure you budget for Protection Works. Under the Building Act 1993 (Vic) you are obligated to protect your neighbours’ properties from damage that could occur from building work on your property….

Utilising the Security of Payment Act in your business

Would you know what to do if a developer or builder stopped paying your invoices? Knowing how to issue or respond to a payment claim under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act…

Just when you thought it was safe to use a standard form…

Most real estate agencies wouldn’t think twice about relying on a standard form approved by the Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria. But in a cautionary tale decided on appeal last month, the Court has shown…