Federal Treasury Moves to Simplify Disclosure Requirements under the National Credit Act

Currently, credit providers and lessors are required under the National Credit Act to provide pre-contractual disclosure of key terms of the proposed contract.  This can be combined with the contract document itself and most ofte...

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Workplace Relations Policy: What are the Federal Coalition’s Plans?

The Federal Coalition has announced its much-awaited industrial relations policy.  Essentially, it proposes to maintain the "Fair Work" industrial relations framework introduced by the current Federal Government but to make what ...

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Harmonisation in Partial Disharmony – the Latest on the Workplace Health and Safety Landscape

The process of harmonising Australia's Workplace Health and Safety ("WHS") laws via the introduction of a model, mirror act and regulations ("Model Legislation") in each state and territory jurisdiction has been partly successful....

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What’s in a Name? The New Definition of Charity

On 8 April the government commenced public consultation on exposure draft legislation for a statutory definition of charity. The definition is contained in the Charities Bill 2013 and is expected to commence on 1 January 2014....

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The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) Gets Some Grunt

For many in the charities sector, the actual transition to the ACNC and its register has been straightforward. "What was all the fuss about?" you might even say. Well, there is about to be "fuss" as charities are soon required to...

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AAT Decision a Caution for those Holding Licences from Customs

The very recent decision of the Administration Appeals Tribunal ("AAT") in B R Williams Customs and Freight Forwarding Pty Ltd v the CEO of Customs represents a rare example of consideration of the rights of the Australian Custom...

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