Social Infrastructure - Hospitals, Education, Housing and Justice

The unprecedented demand for social infrastructure in Australia presents considerable challenges as governments and the private sector seek innovative and efficient ways to deliver the essential health, education, housing and justice needs of our communities.

We have a long track-record of assisting with the planning, procurement and delivery of social infrastructure projects. We assemble cross-disciplinary teams for the lifecycle of the infrastructure project and seamlessly integrate our specialists in real estate, planning, environment, construction, tax, finance, competition and regulatory, insurance and dispute resolution to manage risk and achieve the best outcome for the project.

We are recognised leading lawyers in the infrastructure sector and have extensive relevant experience. For example, we have successfully delivered to financial close for government more health PPPs than any other legal adviser in Australia, and we are playing key roles on most major justice, housing and education projects.

16 January 2013

On 31 December 2012, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), a foreign-related arbitration commission set up by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (also known as the China Chamber of International Commerce) (CCPIT), released its Announcement on Issues Concerning CIETAC Shanghai Sub-Commission and CIETAC South China Sub-Commission" (the Latest Announcement). This is the latest development in a dispute, which has been on foot since April 2012, between CIETAC, the Shanghai Sub-Commission of CIETAC (CIETAC Shanghai), and the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) (the CIETAC Dispute). SCIA was known as the South China Sub-Commission of CIETAC before 22 October 2012.

29 August 2012

On 24 August 2012, the Queensland State Government Temporary State Planning Policy 2/12 Planning for Prosperity (TSPP) took effect. The State government announced that the TSPP will mean that 'state agencies and council must ensure that economic development considerations are a fundamental planning consideration in this state. Its aim is to speed – not impede – development.'

This alert explains how the TSPP may affect your business or organisation.

1 December 2011

On Tuesday, 29 November 2011, as part of its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2011-12, the Federal Government announced a package of changes intended to raise A$11.5 billion in new revenue and savings.

July 2011

In this edition of Higher Education Focus, we look at:

  • Obligations of officers of the University and University entities under the new OHS harmonisation legislation
  • The proposed experimental use exemption: the devil is in the detail
  • A basic guide to the Australian Consumer Law
  • Senate and House of Representatives pass TEQSA legislation
  • Universities – reputational risk from the internet

July 2010

In this edition of Higher Education Focus, we look at:

  • An accountability duel – the hybrid regulation of dual sector institutions in Victoria
  • Volunteers or employees – which are they?
  • Baird review recommends tighter regulation on international education providers and their agents
  • Successful IT projects: getting what you want