COVID-19 Vaccines – Critical Questions for your Workplace

Guidance for the vaccine roll out in Australian workplaces was released by the Federal Government on 19 February 2021.  This took place via a media release from Christian Porter, Minister for Industrial Relations and updated guid...

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New Customs legislation to change the effect of recent Australian cases – However, we still need to learn French

Over the past few years, Customs has had some major, and at times, surprising losses in Australian Courts and Tribunals (including one case where wheelie bins were classified as vehicles!).  The most high profile loss concerned t...

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Insolvency Reforms: for better or for worse?

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced what it called the most significant reforms to Australia's insolvency framework in over 30 years. "The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of the...

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High Court clarifies sick leave entitlements – the Mondelez decision

On 13 August 2020, the High Court of Australia handed down its highly-anticipated decision in the Mondelez case.[1] Employers welcomed the decision since the High Court accepted the arguments put forward by the employer, Mondelez,...

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Trade Agreement with Indonesia set to commence in early July 2020

In a move that goes against the negative news surrounding international trade, the Indonesian Government in early May ratified the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.  This free trade agreement (FTA)...

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Avoiding trouble in tenders

Tendering is a process by which entities, commonly governments and private sector entities (Principal), procure goods and services competitively. Principals are usually familiar with the Request for Tender document (RFT), issued t...

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