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Winter 2019


  • Lapsing of Development Consents; an update from the NSW Court of Appeal
  • Koala conservation
  • Combustable cladding
  • Simple questions to ask if your design is complete, accurate & coordinated

Autumn 2019


  • Risk allocation with an eye on Sydney’s Opal Tower fiasco
  • Removal of trees within boundaries of an educational establishment
  • Managing the hazards and risks of trees
  • Amendments to NSW fire safety legislation
  • Security of payment update: Seymour Whyte construction v Ostwald Bros NSWCA 11

Summer 2018


  • The Education SEPP – One Year On
  • Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Amendment Bill
  • 2018 
NBCS – Is This The Workplace Of The Future?
  • Fostering A Positive Relationship With Your Contractor

Spring 2018


  • How Safe is the Harbour for SOPA Claimants?
  • Development of Educational Establishments on Bush Fire Prone Land
  • Pitfalls of Protracted Project Commencement

Archived Newsletters

Client Communiqués

The Imminent Demise of Interim Occupation Certificates?


The Department of Planning has stated that its intention is that staging of construction and staged occupation of developments, previously achieved by means of interim OCs, should continue. There are, however, some potential complications with the new scheme

Amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy


Recent legislative changes in New South Wales may impact on EPM Planning’s school clients. Amendments have been made to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Childcare Facilities) 2017 (‘ESEPP’).

The original ESEPP, which commenced on 1 September 2017, contained very limited transitional provisions.

State Environmental Planning Policy 2017 – Commenced


The new State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Childcare Facilities) 2017 (ESEPP) commenced on 1 September 2017. Contrary to normal Parliamentary practice, quite limited transitional provisions were included in the ESEPP. Complying Development Certificate (CDC) applications, which were lodged pursuant to the ISEPP and which have not yet been determined, have no effect. Any CDC applications must be recommenced under the ESEPP.

White Papers

Modern Project Procurement Methods Part 1


Understanding The Procurement Methods


This white paper describes the most common methods for procuring building projects.  It provides an overview by Andrew Graham (Managing Director, epm Projects Pty Ltd). In doing so, Andrew relies on his own experience as a project manager as well as the collective wisdom of his management team which represents nearly 100 years’ experience in project management. This paper considers the advantages and disadvantages of each method, important matters in selecting a method, and key elements for managing the selected method.  It concludes with a summary of seven guiding principles.  It serves to assist owners and procurement managers to make informed decisions so that they are given every opportunity to make their projects a success.


Section 1 – Project Procurement Methods

Section 2 – Advantages & Disadvantages of Procurement Methods

Modern Project Procurement Methods Part 2


Selecting & Administering A Method


This is Part 2 of a 2-part white paper that describes the most common methods for procuring building projects, and should be read in conjunction with Part 1 – downloadable separately.


In Part 2 you will find:

Section 3 – Selecting the Preferred Method

Section 4 – Risk allocation Considerations

Section 5 – Project Administration Considerations

White Paper and DPE Submission on ESEPP


This white paper describes the key implications for non-government schools of the draft State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 (ESEPP), including the proposed changes to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000 (Schools Regulation), in contrast to the current State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (ISEPP).

Informational Videos

What to look for when selecting a Project Manager


Selecting a contracting method for your building project


Strategies for successful projects


The role of the project manager


Developing a Master Plan