Brace yourselves… ‘Director Identification Numbers’ are coming!

On 12 June 2020, the Federal Parliament passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2019, which establishes a lifetime registration system for company directors with the aim of combating i...

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Steel pipe classification case decided against Customs based on French translation of HS Code

Customs famously went to the High Court arguing that the interpretation of the Australian tariff classification legislation should be interpreted consistently with the French version of the harmonised system (HS) for tariff classi...

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WorkPac’s gamble to double-down doesn’t pay off on double-dipping – Court confirms casual employees may not be as ‘casual’ as you think

In the high-profile sequel to the Skene decision, another "casual" labour-hire worker has won the right to paid leave entitlements usually reserved for permanent employees. The Full Bench of the Federal Court handed down its de...

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Case Note: Court of Appeal again finds against worker

In Schembri v State of Victoria, the Court of Appeal rejected the appellant's claim that the jury's verdict for the defendant both in relation to his claim for negligence and breach of statutory duty was against the evidence and t...

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Court orders variation of unfair contract terms – lessons when using unilateral variation clauses

A recent Federal Court decision could serve as a guide when incorporating unilateral variation clauses into standard-form contracts with small business and consumers. ASIC successfully obtained orders declaring void and varying "u...

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All Gunns blazing – Federal Court affirms peak indebtedness rule post-Timberworld

Introduction On 27 May 2020, the Federal Court of Australia handed down its judgments in three separate unfair preference proceedings instituted by the liquidators of Gunns Limited (in liq)(receivers and managers appointed)("Gunn...

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