Australia: What's News In Construction & Infrastructure? - 6 November 2013

Last Updated: 13 November 2013

IN THE MEDIA

NBN Co given approval to connect 150,000 more homes to minimise impact on construction industry
NBN Co has been given the green light to connect another 150,000 homes to the national broadband network by fibre optic cable, to try to minimise disruption to contractors while the future of the network is reconsidered (31 November 2013). More...

Revived construction watchdog would get tough on unions
The chairman of the Abbott government's construction industry watchdog says tougher laws cracking down further on building unions are needed to tackle ''coercion and intimidation'' on work sites (31 October 2013). More...

Infrastructure Departmental Annual Reports released
The Department's Annual Reports for 2012–13 are now available. The reports detail departmental programmes, activities and finances for the past financial year (30 October 2013). More...

Call for CMC inquiry into alleged Barrier Reef conflicts of interest
There are calls for a Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) inquiry into alleged conflicts of interest within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) (30 October 2013). More...

Federal Government releases laws to repeal mining tax
Draft laws to abolish the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) have been released ahead of their expected introduction to parliament next month (24 October 2013). More...

King rebuffs bribery allegations
Former chief executive officer of Leighton Holdings Ltd Mr King said he actively sought to avoid working in countries were bribery was commonplace and pushed his successor David Stewart on why he did not alert the Leighton board if he was aware of specific bribes (21 October 2013). More...

NSW

ICAC recommends tighter controls to minimise coal mining corruption
The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has made a series of sweeping recommendations to tighten up the process for managing the state's coal resources and reduce the likelihood of corrupt conduct, including by improving the accountability and scrutiny of ministers and members of Parliament. (30 October 2013). More...

Statement on ICAC recommendations
The NSW Minerals Council broadly welcomes the recommendations outlined in the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Report released today. The report recognises the strategic economic importance of coal mining for NSW, and acknowledges some of the key challenges the industry has faced in recent times, including sovereign risk (30 October 2013). More...

Baird proposes tax changes for NSW infrastructure
The NSW Treasurer has proposed a new taxation practice that would direct company tax revenue on infrastructure back to state governments. The proposal is part of the NSW Government's policy of harnessing superannuation and other institutional investment to 'recycle' infrastructure assets, using the proceeds to start new infrastructure projects which will themselves eventually be privatised (30 October 2013). More...

Tenders Called to Complete the Moree Town Centre Bypass
The $30 million second stage of the Moree town centre bypass is one step closer, with tenders now called for its construction. Tenders to build the southern section of the Moree town centre bypass are now open, closing on Wednesday 11 December. A contract for this work is expected to be awarded in March next year, with building due to start mid next year and completed by early 2016 (29 October 2013). More...

Queensland

Origin: LNG projects on track in Queensland
Origin Energy Ltd's $25 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Queensland is now more than half finished. Australia's largest energy retailer says drilling of coal seam gas wells in central and south west Queensland was 50 per cent complete at the end of September (31 October 2013). More...

Commonwealth Games Village a step closer
The Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning announced that Grocon Pty Ltd and Village Park Consortium – comprising Australand Holdings Limited and Citta Property Group - are the two remaining developers being considered for this exciting redevelopment project (30 October 2013). More...

Work to start on $16 million D'Aguilar Highway upgrade
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Federal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy today announced that safety upgrades on the D'Aguilar Highway would start next year. The funding announced today is provided under the Infrastructure Investment Programme, with works anticipated to begin in 2014–15. (29 October 2013). More...

Bruce Highway Upgrade Project Underway
Construction is underway south of Townsville on the $137.5 million Vantassel Street to Cluden Bruce Highway duplication project, with the major upgrade to improve safety and traffic flow for motorists on the highway (29 October 2013). More...

Leighton wins $249m coal mine contract
Leighton Holdings has won a $249 million contract for work on the Isaac Plains coal mine in central Queensland. The three-year contract includes the operation of a dragline and the supply and maintenance of mobile plant and equipment (31 October 2013). More...

QCA undertakes CSG Regulatory Review
The Queensland Government has asked the QCA to undertake an investigation into the Queensland Government's regulation of the coal seam gas industry. The QCA intends to release its draft report on CSG regulation on 7 November 2013 (29 October 2013). More...

State farmers in final battle over Qld mega mine
Farmers fighting the massive Alpha coal mine project fear the Queensland government will try to silence opposition to similar, future projects. A group of farmers (the (CCAQ) has gone to the Land Court of Queensland to challenge approvals for the multi-billion-dollar joint venture between Gina Rinehart's Hancock Coal and GVK (25 October 2013). More...

Cash tenders for new coal land released in Bowen Basin
The Newman Government is calling for tenders to explore for coal in the Bowen Basin of central Queensland, with the first ever non-cash tender for coal exploration. The seven areas of land being made available for coal exploration by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines collectively cover more than 1,292 square kilometres in the northern Bowen Basin (24 October 2013). More...

Contract awarded for Queensland pilot solar plant
The University of Queensland (UQ) has signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract with First Solar (Australia) for a $40.7 million pilot solar photovoltaic research facility at UQ's Gatton campus 90km west of Brisbane (24 October 2013). More...

Hunt extends Qld gas plant deadline
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has given himself more time to decide whether to allow a fourth gas plant to be built on Queensland's Curtis Island. Mr Hunt was due to make a decision on the project on Wednesday but has pushed the deadline back to December 13 (23 October 2013). More...

New construction works on Cooroy to Curra
Bielby Holdings Pty Ltd has been awarded a major contract for the Bruce Highway, Cooroy to Curra Section A upgrade, which will see works begin between Cudgerie Drive and Sankeys Road within weeks (24 October 2013). More...

Victoria

East West Link tender progresses to the next stage
Treasurer Michael O'Brien today announced tender documents had been provided to the three shortlisted consortia vying to deliver stage one of the East West Link project. The Request for Proposal (RFP) is a significant milestone and demonstrates that the Victorian Coalition Government is getting on with delivering this landmark project (01 November 2013). More...

Federal government rules out funding for Melbourne Airport rail-link
The federal government has ruled out partnering with the Victorian government to build a Melbourne Airport rail-link. Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss said any airport rail-link would need to be funded by the state government, despite its capacity to boost the national economy (29 October 2013). More...

Melbourne Water selects capital works providers
Melbourne Water has selected two joint ventures that will service water infrastructure projects in Melbourne over the next three years. Both ventures have been named to deliver $1 billion of projects as part of Melbourne Water's $2.5 billion 2013 Water Plan capital works program (25 October 2013). More...

Victorian Government welcomes Bass Strait Project
Acting Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan welcomes the announcement by ExxonMobil of the commencement of production from the Kipper Tuna Turrum project in Bass Strait which will help secure Victoria's energy future (22 October 2013). More...

PUBLISHED – ARTICLES, PAPERS, REPORTS

Reducing the opportunities and incentives for corruption in the state's management of coal resources
Author:NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)
The Commission's report makes 26 corruption prevention recommendations to minimise the recurrence of the corruption that was found in the ICAC's operations Jasper and Acacia investigations (released 30 October 2013). More...

The global infrastructure challenge
Author: report commissioned by RICS
The report states that there needs to be a more 'systematic' approach to infrastructure provision where governments sustain their commitment to infrastructure investment and 'ring fence' infrastructure investment levels as a percentage of GDP (30 October 2013). More...

Survey of Industry Conditions September 2013
Author: Master Builders
The report shows an overall swell in confidence in most regions, which can be attributed to the strong federal election result in September and favourable economic conditions (30 October 2013). More...

IN PRACTICE AND COURTS

[Draft] MRRT and related measures Repeal: consultation
On 24 October 2013, the Government released an exposure draft of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013 and explanatory memorandum for public consideration. Interested parties are invited to comment on the draft amendments to the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013. Closing date for submissions: Thursday, 31 October 2013. Email: MRRTRepeal@treasury.gov.au

National Consultations open

Infrastructure priority list - public comments
Submissions close 28 November 2013. Hosted by Infrastructure Australia

NSW: 2012-13 Annual Report
The NSW Building Commission report has been released view and download.

QLD: Call for Tenders for Exploration Permits for Coal (No 01) and (No 02) 2013 - Bowen Coal Basin
The tender process for the three areas does not involve a cash bid component. Tenders must be lodged with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines before 5 March 2014. Tenderers must use the approved form and submit all necessary documentation for evaluation as prescribed in the Call for Tenders for Exploration Permits for Coal (CLR2013-1) document, available from the department's website www.dnrm.qld.gov.au.

QLD: State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 – Declaration of Prescribed projects
Kevin's Corner Project; Alpha Coal Project; Ella Bay Integrated Resort project [QGG 25 October 2013]

QLD: Blueprint for infrastructure reform
The Queensland Government has recently released the infrastructure reform blueprint: Infrastructure for Economic Development(IfED). The blueprint aims to ensure the State explores the full spectrum of available options to secure the highest return on its infrastructure investment (October 2013).

VIC: Smarter Resources Smarter Business – Energy and Materials program funding open
Applications for capital funding grants through the Energy and Materials program are open until 8 November 2013. More...

Cases

Centennial Mandalong v Delta Electricity [2013] NSWSC 1505
CONTRACTS - interpretation - where coal supply agreement provides for apportionment of charges attributable to coal sold - where government levies charges on carbon emissions associated with coal production - whether charges levied for carbon emissions attributable to coal sold - meaning of words "attributable to"; "attributibility"; "attribute" - whether causal connection between charges levied for carbon emissions during coal production and the subsequent sale of coal. Clean Energy Act 2011 (Cth). Clean Energy (Unit Shortfall Charge - General) Act 2011 (Cth). National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (Cth). More...

Johnson Controls v Webb [2013] NSWSC 1511
CONTRACTS - formation - acceptance - acceptance by conduct CONTRACTS - breach of contract - where consultant engaged to obtain and review tenders to supply an electric generator to work in synchronisation with two existing generators - where generator supplied incompatible with existing generators - where consultant required tenderers to comply with performance specifications - whether consultant required to verify or audit compliance with performance specifications CONTRACTS - breach of contract - where tenderer supplied an electric generator to work in synchronisation with two existing generators - where generator supplied incompatible with existing generators - whether compliance with tender performance specifications a term of the contract CONTRACTS - interpretation - meaning of phrase "performance specification" MISLEADING OR DECEPTIVE CONDUCT - misrepresentations - where successful tenderer retained to supply an electric generator to work in synchronisation with two existing generators - where successful tenderer asked manufacturer to identify the winding pitch of the existing generators - where manufacturer supplied incorrect winding pitch - where generator subsequently supplied incompatible with existing generators due to inconsistent winding pitches DAMAGES - action for damages - misleading or deceptive conduct - reliance - requirement of causation - requirement to consider the policy or rationale of the relevant legal norm DAMAGES - assessment – apportionment. More...

Mahony v Queensland Building Services Authority [2013] QCA 323
PROCEDURE – SUPREME COURT PROCEDURE – QUEENSLAND – PRACTICE UNDER RULES OF COURT – SUMMARY JUDGMENT – where the respondent is the statutory regulator of the building industry and the statutory insurer of residential building work in Queensland – where the appellant was a builder who entered into four building contracts between March 2004 and January 2005 for residential construction work – where each of the owners requested the respondent consider whether to direct rectification of building work carried out by the appellant – where each request was made contemporaneously with the giving of notice by the owner of an insurance claim which was successful – where summary judgment was given against the appellant in the District Court – where the appellant contends that the judge erred in finding that the respondent's delay in bringing the application did not preclude it from obtaining summary judgement; that the judge erred in not giving consideration to the fact that the respondent did not file and serve a reply to the fourth amended defence before applying for summary judgment and that the judge erred in not giving consideration to the fact that the respondent did not file and serve an expert report by 4 June 2012 – whether the judge erred in giving summary judgment in favour of the respondents. PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – BUILDERS – STATUTORY INSURANCE SCHEME – where the appellant contends that the provisions of s 71(1) of the Queensland Building Services Authority Act 1991 required the respondent to prove that the claims arose through the fault of the appellant as an element of its recovery claim – where the appellant in their pleadings made a deemed admission to being a building contractor within the meaning of s 71(2)(a)(ii), (iii) and (iv) of the Queensland Building Services Authority Act 1991 but denied being a person through whose fault the claim arose – where the respondent filed a notice of contention which contends that, on its proper construction, s 71(1) did not require the respondent to establish "fault" on the part of the appellant under the second limb of the section – whether it was necessary for the primary judge to determine whether there was a triable issue concerning fault on the appellant's part for the purposes of s 71(1), in order to give judgment for the respondent. PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – BUILDERS – STATUTORY INSURANCE SCHEME – where the appellant contends that in a recovery proceeding under s 71(1), it is open to a defendant to defend the claim by challenging the legal efficacy of any step taken by the authority in the assessment of the claim – whether such matters are justiciable in s 71(1) recovery proceedings. More...

Queensland Building Services Authority v J M Kelly (Project Builders) Pty Ltd [2013] QCA 320
PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – BUILDERS – STATUTORY POWER TO REQUIRE RECTIFICATION OF DEFECTIVE OR INCOMPLETE BUILDING WORK – where the appellant issued directions to the respondent pursuant to s 72 of the Queensland Building Services Authority Act 1991 (Qld) ('the Act') requiring rectification of certain building work within 28 days – where the appellant sent two directions to the respondent by post on 17 December 2010 and 17 June 2011 – where the primary judge held those directions were not validly given by post because they required the rectification work to be carried out within a period of less than 28 days – where the appellant also sent the 17 December 2010 direction to the respondent by email on that date – where the appellant argued that the primary judge erred in holding that the 17 December 2010 direction had not been effectively served by email – where the appellant contended that the respondent failed to fulfil the onus which lay upon it to prove that the email had not been opened on 17 December 2010 – where the respondent did not adduce direct evidence that the email had not been received and opened by an employee of the respondent acting in the scope of their employment – where the respondent argued that the evidence justified the primary judge in inferring that the email had not been opened on that date – whether the primary judge erred in holding that the 17 December 2010 direction was invalid. PROCEDURE – MISCELLANEOUS PROCEDURAL MATTERS – APPROPRIATE FORM OF RELIEF - DISCRETION OF COURT – FUTILITY OF DECLARATION – where the appellant argued that the declaration that the 17 June 2011 direction was invalid should be set aside for lack of utility – where the appellant only conceded in the Trial Division that the 17 June 2011 did not comply with s 72(3) of the Act, and did not clearly concede that the 17 June 2011 direction was invalid until the appeal – where the work described in the two directions differed – whether the 17 June 2011 direction should be set aside for want of utility. More...

Kellett Street Partners Pty Ltd v Pacific Rim Trading Co Pty Ltd and Ors [2013] QSC 298
CONTRACTS – BUILDING, ENGINEERING AND RELATED CONTRACTS – REMUNERATION – RECOVERY – where the applicant and first respondent entered into an oral contract for building work – where work was done until March 2012 – where the first respondent made various payment claims under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) – where those claims were adjudicated – where two disputed claims included claims for some of the same construction work performed in other, earlier claims – whether the payment claims were invalid – whether the applicant is entitled to declaratory relief. More...

Taouk v Queensland Building Services Authority [2013] QCAT 508
Review of decision to direct rectification of defective building work - exercise of discretion – fault – termination of building contract by builder – failure to advise Authority of termination – person appropriately responsible for defective work – builder responsible for defective work whilst supervisor - – whether builder at fault or defective work attributable to builder – whether it would be unfair in the circumstances to direct builder to rectify work. R v Miller; ex parte Graham Evans & Co (Qld) Pty Ltd [1987] 2 Qd R 446 QBSA v O'Brien & Ors [2002] QDC 329 De Luchi v QBSA [2002] QBT 66 Garbutt-Cuttiford v QBSA [1999] QBT 80 Parry & Anor v Ewart [2000] QDC 54. More...

Gary John Holley t/as Applied Building Approvals v Queensland Building Services Authority [2013] QCAT 506
Certifiers – where a Form 16 Final Stage Framing certificate issued to the homeowner in error – where framing stage not complete – where complaint to the respondent – where Form 16 signed by the certifier but issued without his knowledge – whether the issuing of the Form 16 was professional misconduct or unsatisfactory conduct. More...

JM Kelly (Project Builders) Pty Ltd v Queensland Building Services Authority [2013] QCAT 502
GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW – JURISDICTION – where the Queensland Building Services Authority issued a direction to rectify to the applicant – where the applicant filed an application for review of the direction to rectify in the Tribunal – where the applicant challenges the jurisdiction of the Tribunal to determine the application – where the applicant submits that there has been a substantial denial of natural justice and/or manifest unreasonableness in the issuing of the direction to rectify – where the applicant submits the Queensland Building Services Authority had no jurisdiction to issue the direction to rectify – where the applicant submits the Tribunal has no jurisdiction to review a decision made in jurisdictional error – where the applicant submits that certain statutory preconditions are jurisdictional facts that must be satisfied before the Tribunal has jurisdiction – whether the Tribunal has jurisdiction. Collector of Customs (NSW) v Brian Lawlor Automotive Pty Ltd (1979) 41 FLR 338, cited Jadwan Pty Ltd v Secretary Department of Health and Aged Care (2003) 204 ALR 55, cited Kehl v Board of Professional Engineers Queensland [2010] QCATA 58, cited Leahy v Barnes [2013] QSC 226, cited Martinez v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and Another (2009) 177 FCR 337, cited McNab Constructions Australia Pty Ltd v Queensland Building Services Authority [2013] QSC 57, cited Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs v Bhardwaj (2002) 209 CLR 597, cited Plaintiff S157/2002 v Commonwealth (2003) 211 CLR 476, cited Project Blue Sky Inc v Australian Broadcasting Authority (1998) 194 CLR 355, cited Queensland Building Services Authority v Lazinski [2009] QDC 381, cited Secretary, Department of Social Security v Alvaro (1994) 50 FCR 213, cited Skaines v Kovac Enterprises Pty Ltd [2007] Qd R 98, cited Yilmaz v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (2000) 100 FCR 495, cited Zubair v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (1979) 41 FLR 328, cited. More...

Gary John Holley t/as Applied Building Approvals v Queensland Building Services Authority [2013] QCAT 506
Certifiers – where a Form 16 Final Stage Framing certificate issued to the homeowner in error – where framing stage not complete – where complaint to the respondent – where Form 16 signed by the certifier but issued without his knowledge – whether the issuing of the Form 16 was professional misconduct or unsatisfactory conduct. More...

Bradley v Queensland Building Services Authority [2013] QCAT 505
Permitted Individual – review of decision not to allow application to be categorised as permitted individual- Vadasz v Queensland Building Services Authority [2013] QCAT 84. More...

JM Kelly (Project Builders) Pty Ltd v Queensland Building Services Authority [2013] QCAT 502
GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW – JURISDICTION – where the Queensland Building Services Authority issued a direction to rectify to the applicant – where the applicant filed an application for review of the direction to rectify in the Tribunal – where the applicant challenges the jurisdiction of the Tribunal to determine the application – where the applicant submits that there has been a substantial denial of natural justice and/or manifest unreasonableness in the issuing of the direction to rectify – where the applicant submits the Queensland Building Services Authority had no jurisdiction to issue the direction to rectify – where the applicant submits the Tribunal has no jurisdiction to review a decision made in jurisdictional error – where the applicant submits that certain statutory preconditions are jurisdictional facts that must be satisfied before the Tribunal has jurisdiction – whether the Tribunal has jurisdiction. Collector of Customs (NSW) v Brian Lawlor Automotive Pty Ltd (1979) 41 FLR 338, cited Jadwan Pty Ltd v Secretary Department of Health and Aged Care (2003) 204 ALR 55, cited Kehl v Board of Professional Engineers Queensland [2010] QCATA 58, cited Leahy v Barnes [2013] QSC 226, cited Martinez v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and Another (2009) 177 FCR 337, cited McNab Constructions Australia Pty Ltd v Queensland Building Services Authority [2013] QSC 57, cited Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs v Bhardwaj (2002) 209 CLR 597, cited Plaintiff S157/2002 v Commonwealth (2003) 211 CLR 476, cited Project Blue Sky Inc v Australian Broadcasting Authority (1998) 194 CLR 355, cited Queensland Building Services Authority v Lazinski [2009] QDC 381, cited Secretary, Department of Social Security v Alvaro (1994) 50 FCR 213, cited Skaines v Kovac Enterprises Pty Ltd [2007] Qd R 98, cited Yilmaz v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (2000) 100 FCR 495, cited Zubair v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (1979) 41 FLR 328, cited. More...

McNab Developments (Qld) Pty Ltd v MAK Construction Services Pty Ltd & Ors [2013] QSC 293
CONTRACTS – BUILDING, ENGINEERING AND RELATED CONTRACTS, REMUNERATION, STATUTORY REGULATION OF ENTITLEMENT TO AND RECOVERY OF PROGRESS PAYMENTS – ADJUDICATION OF PAYMENT CLAIMS – where the applicant entered into a subcontract with the respondent to carry out concreting and formwork services – where the applicant terminated the subcontract – where the first respondent served a payment claim on the applicant pursuant to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) – where the reference date identified in the payment claim was after the termination date of the subcontract – where the applicant served a payment schedule – where the payment claim was referred to adjudication – whether identification of patently incorrect reference date deprived adjudicator of jurisdiction – where the adjudicator decided on the amount of the progress payment to be paid by the applicant – where the applicant applied to set aside the decision – whether there was jurisdictional error – whether the adjudicator assessed the claim on the merits – whether the adjudicator identified the source of the legal entitlement of the claimed amounts that were allowed by the adjudicator. More...

JM Kelly (Project Builders) Pty Ltd & Anor v Queensland Building Services Authority [2013] QCAT 489
Direction to rectify/or complete-review application-direction held void-application for extension of time to give direction to rectify - whether in the circumstances there is sufficient reason for giving an extension - R v His Honour Judge Miller and the Building Registration Board of Queensland (1987) 2 QdR 446 QBSA v Bengsten Developments Pty Ltd [2006] CCT LO13-05. More...

McCarthy v State of Queensland [2013] QCA 313
CONTRACTS – BUILDING, ENGINEERING AND RELATED CONTRACTS – REMUNERATION – STATUTORY REGULATION OF ENTITLEMENT TO AND RECOVERY OF PROGRESS PAYMENTS – PAYMENT CLAIMS – where the applicant served a payment claim on the respondent pursuant to s 17 of the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (the Act) – where the respondent failed to serve a payment schedule on the applicant under s 18 of the Act – where, in accordance with s 19 of the Act, the respondent was ordered to pay the applicant $272,987, being the unpaid portion of the amount claimed – where the parties were given liberty to file and serve written submissions in relation to the award of interest – where, in reliance upon s 15 of the Act, the applicant seeks interest of $34,703.55, calculated by reference to the rate specified in the contract for overdue payments – where s 17 to s 20 of the Act do not contemplate the recovery of interest on the amount claimed in a payment claim, unless the interest is part of the progress payment claimed – whether summary judgment should have been granted in respect of interest as well as principal. More...

LEGISLATION

Commonwealth

[Draft] Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013 – 24 October 2013
Amends acts including: Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Act 2003; Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 and the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2013 Measures No. 1) Act 2013. The Bill removes the Minerals Resource Rent Tax with effect from 1 July 2014 and discontinues or re-phases the measures that were intended to be funded by the MRRT, including; geothermal exploration provisions. More...

NSW

Bills

[Draft] Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Amendment Bill 2013
An Act to amend the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 with respect to the timing of, and other requirements for, payments under construction contracts; and for other purposes - 23/10/2013 Notice Of Motion in Assembly (Constance, Andrew). More...

Queensland

Acts as Passed

No 51: Directors' Liability Reform Amendment Act 2013
Reduces liability on areas including: building, energy, foreign land ownership, housing, land sales, resources exploration and mining - Passed 29 October 2013.

Victoria

Bills Introduced and Second Read in the first House – to 01 November 2013
Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment Bill

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    A cookie is a small text file written to a user’s hard drive that contains an identifying user number. The cookies do not contain any personal information about users. We use the cookie so users do not have to log in every time they use the service and the cookie will automatically expire if you do not visit the Mondaq website (or its affiliate sites) for 12 months. We also use the cookie to personalise a user's experience of the site (for example to show information specific to a user's region). As the Mondaq sites are fully personalised and cookies are essential to its core technology the site will function unpredictably with browsers that do not support cookies - or where cookies are disabled (in these circumstances we advise you to attempt to locate the information you require elsewhere on the web). However if you are concerned about the presence of a Mondaq cookie on your machine you can also choose to expire the cookie immediately (remove it) by selecting the 'Log Off' menu option as the last thing you do when you use the site.

    Some of our business partners may use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). However, we have no access to or control over these cookies and we are not aware of any at present that do so.

    Log Files

    We use IP addresses to analyse trends, administer the site, track movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

    Links

    This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Mondaq (or its affiliate sites) are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of these third party sites. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.

    Surveys & Contests

    From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose any information requested. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and delivery address), and demographic information (such as postcode, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the functionality of the site.

    Mail-A-Friend

    If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, we ask them for the friend’s name and email address. Mondaq stores this information and may contact the friend to invite them to register with Mondaq, but they will not be contacted more than once. The friend may contact Mondaq to request the removal of this information from our database.

    Emails

    From time to time Mondaq may send you emails promoting Mondaq services including new services. You may opt out of receiving such emails by clicking below.

    *** If you do not wish to receive any future announcements of services offered by Mondaq you may opt out by clicking here .

    Security

    This website takes every reasonable precaution to protect our users’ information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected using firewalls and other security technology. If you have any questions about the security at our website, you can send an email to webmaster@mondaq.com.

    Correcting/Updating Personal Information

    If a user’s personally identifiable information changes (such as postcode), or if a user no longer desires our service, we will endeavour to provide a way to correct, update or remove that user’s personal data provided to us. This can usually be done at the “Your Profile” page or by sending an email to EditorialAdvisor@mondaq.com.

    Notification of Changes

    If we decide to change our Terms & Conditions or Privacy Policy, we will post those changes on our site so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

    How to contact Mondaq

    You can contact us with comments or queries at enquiries@mondaq.com.

    If for some reason you believe Mondaq Ltd. has not adhered to these principles, please notify us by e-mail at problems@mondaq.com and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to determine and correct the problem promptly.

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