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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Inherent requirements termination upheld by Full Bench

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission recently handed down a significant decision which is of particular relevance for employers who have statutory child safety obligations because their staff work with children. Handed do...

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Flying under the radar, in late July 2020, the Electronic Transactions Regulations (Cth) 2020 repealed and replaced the Electronic Transactions Regulations (Cth) 2000 to extend the range of transactions to which the provisions...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