Changes to the Electronic Transactions Regulations permit more electronic communications

Flying under the radar, in late July 2020, the Electronic Transactions Regulations (Cth) 2020 repealed and replaced the Electronic Transactions Regulations (Cth) 2000 to extend the range of transactions to which the provisions...

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Rollback of Responsible Lending Laws – Draft legislation released for public consultation

Following on from the announcement by Government in late September 2020 of proposed changes to responsible lending laws, Federal Treasury has now released draft legislation for consultation. Given the fact that the proposed rol...

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eConveyancing – Changes to the Model Participation Rules

During 2019, the Australian Registrars’ National Electronic Conveyancing Council (ARNECC) consulted on proposed changes to the rules governing electronic conveyancing in Australia – referred to as the Model Participation Rules...

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Case Note: Hsiao v Fazarri [2020] HCA 35

Background The Husband (58 at time of trial) and the Wife (44) commenced an intimate relationship in 2012 while the Husband was still residing with his former spouse. The couple only lived together intermittently and were never d...

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Seller Beware – Increasing disclosure obligations and risk when selling real estate in Victoria

Recent changes to the law affecting Victorian real estate transactions have increased the disclosure obligations on sellers and continued the slow march of growing consumer type protections for buyers of real estate. Traditiona...

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School ordered to withdraw stand down direction – Employees not to be stood down to alleviate financial strains of employers

A recent decision on 29 September 2020 by Commissioner Bissett of the Fair Work Commission has highlighted the expectation for employers to allocate work to employees rather than relying on stand down directions to manage its fina...

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