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Brisbane-based construction director cops 5-year corporation ban

The failure of three construction companies over a three-year period has seen a Queensland company director...
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WA revs up for STRA reforms

The State Parliament has given the go-ahead to new legislation to tighten regulation of short-term rental accommodation...
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Perth ‘builder’ slapped with $5k fine for falsifying work history

A Kwinana man claimed eight years of building experience, despite working as a courier during the specified period.
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Rental bidding out, pets in as WA’s new tenancy laws pass Parliament

The sweeping overhaul will see new regulations roll out over three phases, with the first set to take effect in May.
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Tax reforms key to boosting Victoria’s rental woes

Amid all-time high rental costs and all-time low rental vacancies, the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) has...
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SA reviews building laws to tackle rogue traders and dodgy builders 

The state has commenced a sweeping review of its building regulations to protect consumers from shady operators.
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Landlords could cop up to $57k in fines for unsafe properties in Victoria

The Victorian government is cracking down on minimum rental standards in the wake of a concerning rise in tenant...
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Regulation bulletin ‘roadmap’ to property development, says technical expert

SMSF trustees who want to undertake property development need to be aware of the compliance and tax issues on which the...
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Building a granny flat in WA just got easier

As of Wednesday, home owners in Western Australia no longer need planning approval for code-compliant ancillary...
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Have sunset clauses been eclipsed by ACT laws?

Canberra has opened consultations to review laws passed in 2021 to protect off-the-plan buyers from dodgy developers.
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A guide to maximising the interest deductions on your loans

With interest rates set to remain high as the Reserve Bank seeks to combat inflation, the current economic environment...
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Government forges ahead with tripling fees for foreign investors

The Property Council of Australia (PCA) has warned that the fee increase could put the government’s housing targets...
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The incentives needed to boost investor activity in Australia

With Australia’s annual rent bill blowing out by $44 billion per annum over the last decade, there is a need for the...
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Victoria to strengthen residential building regulations 

The state government is delivering a wide suite of changes to the governance of the Victorian Building Authority...
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Basic plumbing can now be carried out by residents in WA

Home owners or occupiers can legally change their shower head, maintain or repair a tap, and clear blocked pipes by...
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ATO investigating 16.5k SMSFs over valuation compliance

More than 16,500 SMSFs are being scrutinised by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as they allegedly reported certain...
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NSW review into land acquisition is underway

The state government has begun public consultations into the compulsory acquisition of private land.
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Qld moves forward on rental bidding ban

The Miles government has introduced a bill to ban rental bidding, establish a portable bond scheme, and protect tenant...
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Victoria takes next step in abolishing stamp duty for businesses

From 1 July 2024, commercial and industrial properties in Victoria will no longer pay stamp duty.
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WA builder’s rego renewal axed

A Perth construction company’s registration has been cancelled on financial grounds, leaving 13 projects unfinished.
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