New Coastal Management Framework for NSW

The coastal management framework for NSW has changed. The Coastal Management Act 2016 has been amended and the Coastal Protection Act 1979 has been repealed.

The development controls and approval pathway for coastal development are now found in a new Coastal Management SEPP with certain consequential changes also having been made to the Infrastructure SEPP.

EP&A Act - Substantial Amendments

On 1 March 2018, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 was substantially amended in what has been described by the NSW Government as the "biggest overhaul to the Act in 40 years".

Along with numerous substantive changes, the Act has also been completely renumbered.

To support these changes, the NSW Department of Planning & Environment has produced two essential resources which should be reviewed by anyone wishing to understand the scope and import of the amendments to the Act:

  1. a Guide to the updated Act which highlights the key changes made to each Part of the Act; and
  2. a Sections Guide which lists frequently used sections of the pre-amendment Act alongside their new section numbers in the amended Act.

For further information on these amendments and thepotential implications for your development please contact Marcus Steele, Director, on (02) 8005-1411 or marcus.steele@steelelaw.com.au.



Tasmanian "Protection from Protestors" legislation - Key parts struck down by High Court - Implied freedom of political communication - Implications for NSW

Brown v Tasmania [2017] HCA 43

On 23 October 2017, a majority of the High Court of Australia ruled that key provisions of the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 (Tas) (Protesters Act) impermissibly burden the implied freedom of political communication arising under the Constitution.