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NEWS: Australia's 100 most important infrastructure proposals

June 22, 2017

NEWS: Australia's 100 most important infrastructure proposals

Infrastructure Australia, the nation's independent infrastructure advisor, has identified 100 projects and initiatives as national priorities in a newly revised Infrastructure Priority List. The Infrastructure Priority List is the authoritative list of nationally-significant infrastructure investments Australia needs over the next 15 years. Based on data from the Australian Infrastructure Audit and extensive consultation with State and Territory Governments, the Priority List provides independent, evidence-based advice on the projects that will most benefit Australian communities. “This is the infrastructure that Australia...

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POLICY: How to restore confidence in Australia’s electricity system

June 22, 2017

POLICY: How to restore confidence in Australia’s electricity system

Urgent action is needed to reduce the risk of power blackouts and restrictions across eastern Australia this summer, according to a new Grattan Institute report. Powering through: how to restore confidence in the National Electricity Market says the state-wide blackout in South Australia last September and a series of smaller outages and incidents over the past 18 months exposed weaknesses in the system and underscored the need for targeted reform. Action must be taken. But there is an acute danger...

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NEWS: Western Sydney Airport future tendering opportunities - registrations closing

June 20, 2017

NEWS: Western Sydney Airport future tendering opportunities - registrations closing

There's only two days left to register for the information session regarding tendering opportunities within the Western Sydney Airport Project. A Western Sydney Airport Industry Information Session will be held on the morning of Monday 26 June 2017. The purpose of the session is to provide information to interested parties on future tendering opportunities in the Western Sydney Airport project. The development of the Western Sydney Airport involves significant design, engineering, technical, certification, project management and construction works. The works to...

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NEWS: Approval to start work on Cross River Rail

June 19, 2017

NEWS: Approval to start work on Cross River Rail

The Board of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has approved the demolition of the GoPrint site at Woolloongabba to make way for Queensland’s number one infrastructure priority Cross River Rail. In announcing the approval of early works, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it marked the start of the $5.4 billion city-shaping project. “This morning the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority Board has given the green light to start the early works which will transform the GoPrint site, a former rail...

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POLICY: Report arms decision makers with data to support increased green infrastructure

June 19, 2017

POLICY: Report arms decision makers with data to support increased green infrastructure

A recent report released by AECOM calculates the value street trees provide in Australian cities. It provides better insights into their benefits and critical information for decision makers who are designing, building and governing our cities.  Sadly decision makers face challenges with green infrastructure, which often lead to less frequent inclusion in plans. City of Sydney spends up to $5 million each year managing thousands of trees. Ausgrid spends approximately $43 million each year maintaining vegetation, mostly to maintain public...

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POLICY: InfraCompass: New tool to navigate for better infrastructure

June 18, 2017

POLICY: InfraCompass: New tool to navigate for better infrastructure

Governments across the world will today be able to access a new online tool that is set to transform infrastructure planning. InfraCompass, launched by the G20’s Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub), provides comprehensive data across 49 countries, identifying best practices for infrastructure markets and guiding governments on how to create the best conditions for infrastructure delivery. The online tool and an accompanying report can be accessed at: Infracompass.gihub.org GI Hub Chief Executive Officer Chris Heathcote says the tool will guide...

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NEWS: End of Financial Year Sale

June 13, 2017

NEWS: End of Financial Year Sale

1 + 1 = 3  And yes, we can add, we provide business finance training!  It's that time of the year again, the end of the financial year is looming around the corner. With only two weeks to go now is the time to utlise your remaining budget spend. Don't let your budgets go unused. Metis is offering 3 registrations for the price of two until June 30.  So how does it work?  It's simple. Register two attendees online and email us a...

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NEWS: Driverless Trucks- Global report maps out action on driver jobs and legal issues

June 08, 2017

NEWS: Driverless Trucks- Global report maps out action on driver jobs and legal issues

Automated road freight will save costs, reduce emissions, make roads safer. But the impact on driver jobs requires a managed transition, says study.  Governments must consider ways to manage the transition to driverless trucks in order to avoid potential social disruption from job losses, says a new report published by the International Transport Forum (ITF) with three partner organisations. Self-driving trucks will help save costs, lower emissions and make roads safer. They could also address the shortage of professional drivers...

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BUSINESS TIPS: Bad drafting leads to loss of chance damages in tender dispute with local council

June 06, 2017

BUSINESS TIPS: Bad drafting leads to loss of chance damages in tender dispute with local council

The recent NSW Court of Appeal case of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council v Diveva Pty Limited (2017) shows the importance of certainty in contracts, and particularly in relation to loss of chance damages for breach of a contractual right of the contractor to extend, leading to a loss of opportunity in respect of future work. Facts of the case  In 2005, 2008 and 2011 Diveva successfully tendered and entered into contracts with the Council for the supply and laying of asphalt....

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BUSINESS TIPS: Remedies for Commercial Liability

May 30, 2017

BUSINESS TIPS: Remedies for Commercial Liability

This article considers two categories of remedy for commercial liability:  those where there is no agreement between the parties as to a remedy and to those where there is an agreement. The seven key remedies covered are summarised in the flow chart at the end of the article. Category 1. No agreement between the parties as to a remedy    Remedy 1: Contract based remedies There are a number of possible common law contract-based remedies and they include: General damages or...

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BUSINESS TIPS: Protecting Your Nest Egg- The Upcoming Changes to Superannuation

April 27, 2017

BUSINESS TIPS: Protecting Your Nest Egg- The Upcoming Changes to Superannuation

A range of significant super reforms announced in the last Federal Budget which will become effective as of 1st July, 2017. As superannuation is an integral part of your future, we would like to ensure that you are aware of the changes and provided with the correct information to respond accordingly. The changes cover a broad range of aspects within superannuation, so no matter what your phase of life they can affect you. The four key areas are: Concessional superannuation...

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BUSINESS TIPS: Four Pricing Strategy Considerations

April 26, 2017

BUSINESS TIPS: Four Pricing Strategy Considerations

Do you know the customer Most successful firms fix a price tag, using combination of tools and know that the key factor to consider is always your customer first. The more you know about your customer, the better you'll be able to provide what they value and the more you'll be able to charge. Further to that, some clients know what they want, others require further consultation, and surprise you with assumptions as the work commences. Taking the time to understand your...

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NEWS: Valuing Value Capture

March 24, 2017

NEWS: Valuing Value Capture

State governments should be wary of following the Turnbull Government’s advice to introduce “value capture” schemes to fund major new transport projects, according to a new Grattan Institute report. As Australians in capital cities struggle to cope with clogged roads and crowded trains, the Turnbull Government wants to stop being just “an ATM for the states” and is urging them to use value capture taxes to fund infrastructure.  Value capture is the name given to a policy whereby governments “capture”...

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OPINION: Value Capture! How do we stop Value Escape?

March 24, 2017

OPINION: Value Capture! How do we stop Value Escape?

I was on a panel at a Value Capture in Infrastructure Conference last week. There seems to be almost unanimous and vigorous agreement that the pursuit of value capture is a worthwhile initiative in helping us to augment scarce infrastructure funding. However, we seem to be engrossed in writing thought leadership, debating policy and gathering evidence rather than getting on with implementation. Hence the comment that procrastination at a time when we are moving forward with massive City Building infrastructure...

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BUSINESS TIPS: Winning the “Battle of the Forms”

March 23, 2017

BUSINESS TIPS: Winning the “Battle of the Forms”

Two parties in a business to business transaction or in a project often find themselves in a situation where one has quoted using its standard form terms and conditions and the order is made using a purchase order with conflicting terms and conditions. Work is then started, and there is ambiguity in relation to which terms and conditions govern the relationship, or even whether a contract has come into existence. This is called the “Battle of the Forms”. Case study...

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NEWS: ACCC Win International Award for Public Asset Privatisation Advocacy

March 23, 2017

NEWS: ACCC Win International Award for Public Asset Privatisation Advocacy

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has been honoured with an international award by the World Bank and International Competition Network (ICN) for its role in elevating competition policy to the national economic agenda. The ACCC won the award for its advocacy work in promoting pro-competition measures when governments are privatising public assets. The ACCC has been advocating that when privatising infrastructure assets, governments should not restrict future competition to these assets, and that infrastructure monopolies need appropriate up front...

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OPINION: Smart Cities. Smart Thinking about Innovative Financing?

June 02, 2016

OPINION: Smart Cities. Smart Thinking about Innovative Financing?

Malcolm Turnbull and Angus Taylor, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation unveiled the Smart Cities Plan on 29 April 2016. I had high hopes for the plan and I like the basic argument that we need to focus new infrastructure investment on developing precincts within our cities to create economic activity and create jobs. The Plan highlights the agglomeration benefits of forming clusters around hubs stimulated by education, health and transport initiatives. The Knowledge Economy needs to be built...

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