Written by Ben Malone on January 11, 2021
There are a number of significant changes to the FIRB approval framework taking effect from 1 January 2021.
One of the most significant changes is that the temporary $0 monetary screening thresholds on most foreign property investment revert to the usual thresholds which applied pre-29 March 2020 (ie the ‘pre-Covid’ thresholds already in place).
The $0 threshold will remain for sensitive national security land or businesses, meaning foreign investors will continue to require FIRB approval for these types of acquisitions regardless of value.
There have also been significant changes to the fees payable for FIRB applications – now by way of a ‘tiered’ structure tied to the value of the property which is likely to result in higher fees for most commercial property transactions, in particular higher value transactions.
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April 20, 2021
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April 16, 2021
The Federal Government has introduced welcome changes to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) by way of the Corporations (Coronavirus Economic Response) Determination (No. 1) 2020 to amongst other things permit companies to execute documents pursuant to section 127 electronically (for example, by Docusign).
At this stage, the changes apply from 6 May 2020 and will be in force for 6 months.
Companies will still need to ensure the electronic execution method complies with the Determination and the relevant electronic transaction legislation in each State (for example, using an appropriate electronic execution method and obtaining consent from parties to the transaction). We suggest it may be appropriate to include additional drafting in contracts to ensure the electronic execution arrangements are compliant.
May 6, 2020
On 22 April 2020, the ACCC granted interim authorisation for tenants who are members of the Australian Retailers Association to collectively negotiate with landlords regarding the support to be provided to retail tenants who are adversely impacted by COVID-19 – including information sharing for the purposes of those negotiations.
This interim authorisation protects retail tenants from legal action for certain conduct which might otherwise breach the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and remains in place until it is revoked or the date that the ACCC has made its final determination. The public consultation process is currently open and the final determination is anticipated in September 2020.
This interim authorisation will be especially helpful for tenants in retail shopping centres and will impact how retail landlords approach rent relief negotiations with their tenants.
April 24, 2020
New regulation introduced in NSW (applicable to documents governed by state laws) allows for documents to be witnessed by audio visual link for an anticipated period of 6 months commencing from 22 April 2020. Find full copy of regulation here:
April 24, 2020