Tony Raunic has over 25 years’ experience providing legal assistance to public authorities, and recently we were fortunate enough to have Tony advising Party Help in relation to some contract preparation work in our partnership with various venues around Melbourne.    We have prepared this brief bio on Tony by way of a brief testimonial and to express our gratitude for his timely expert assistance.

About Tony:

Tony Raunic commenced representing VicRoads Property Services team as a junior lawyer in 1994.  Some 26 years later, he remains one of the now Department of Transport’s regular legal representatives.

These enduring client relationships are typical for Tony.  In 1996 he first commenced representing the Victorian Director of Housing in relation to the operation of their then Shared Home Ownership Loans Scheme which provided a practical channel into home ownership for low income earners.  In 2020 Tony and his team at Hunt & Hunt Lawyers in Melbourne still represent the Director of Housing in relation to their sale and purchase of residential land transactions.

In 1999 Tony was elected by his local community to his local Council, the Shire of Nillumbik.  He served two terms representing the community of Diamond Creek and Research and had the privilege to serve as Mayor of Nillumbik.  Tony has applied that direct experience in local government to assist in representing a range of Victorian municipalities, from large metropolitan Councils like the Cities of Melbourne, Monash and Wyndham through to regional and rural municipalities like the City of Ballarat and Shire of Gannawarra.

Over many years Tony has conducted numerous in-house training sessions for Council officers and councillors including regularly providing training at the City of Wyndham to officers on probity and conflict of interest issues and conducting sessions with City of Banyule councillors on their statutory obligations including election period rules.

Tony has also conducted induction training for many newly elected councillors including formal sessions at the Cities of Ballarat and Banyule and the Shires of Nillumbik and Gannawarra.

Tony is available to conduct both half and full day training sessions or shorter refresher sessions in person or by Webinar.

Tony is a regular contributor to industry forums including LGPro.  He is a Victorian editorial panel representative for the Local Government Reporter and regularly writes articles for that service.  Tony and his team have also authored updates of chapters in the Local Government Service -Victoria and continues to assist LexisNexis in their public law module updates.

Tony has represented public entities and individuals in relation to investigations conducted by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission and the Victorian Ombudsman.

He often provides advice to statutory authorities and Councils in relation to their statutory obligations and in relation to their duties regarding best practice and probity in procurement.

Tony supervises a team at Hunt & Hunt Victoria that provides advice and drafting in respect to due diligence on property acquisition, commercial leases and licences to occupy, crown land leases and licences and general property work.

A further focus is the not for profit sector with long term clients including Salvation Army Housing, Loyal Orange Trust and Aboriginal Housing Victoria.