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Very Important Amendments to Victorian Duties and Land Taxes – The State Taxation Acts Amendment Act 2019

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On 27 May 2019, the 2019-20 Victorian State Budget detailed increases to the land transfer duty surcharge for foreign buyers of residential property, the absentee landowner surcharge and the removal of the land tax exemption...

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Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 – What you need to know

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The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 commenced on 19 June 2019 in Victoria. The Act is the first of its kind in Australia, allowing individuals with a terminal illness or neurodegenerative condition and whose suffering...

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Not Just Child’s Play: The Importance of Outdoor Play for a Child’s Development

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On 5 June 2019, the NSW Land and Environment Court handed down its decision in Vella v Penrith City Council [2019] NSWLEC 1247. This matter concerned an appeal against the refusal of a DA to construct a 45-place child care centre. Whilst the proponent and Council were in agreement and wished to have a Consent Orders hearing, the NSW Department of Education's Early Childhood Directorate was required to give concurrence to the development. The Early Childhood Directorate refused concurrence.

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Australian Trusted Trader – Free trade agreement benefits

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Australian importers have new reasons to become accredited Trusted Traders with the Australian Border Force (ABF) announcing that Trusted Traders can enjoy the benefits of certain free trade agreements (FTA) without requiring a certificate of...

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APRA: Taking a Proactive Approach

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APRA was the subject of criticism and adverse commentary throughout the Royal Commission into Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services and in the Commission’s Report. It has been taking a more proactive approach this year and...

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Open Banking – Open Everything

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Much has been written about the move towards 'Open Banking' in Australia and the impact it will have for both banks and their customers.

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Customs Compliance – Now is the Time To Be More Vigilant than Ever

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This article was originally published in the Autumn edition of Across Borders, which can be found here Generally, Australia’s customs duty rates of 0-5% are not sufficient to motivate deliberate evasion of duty. In an...

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Why You Need a Lawyer in Your Next Lease Transaction

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At first glance, the relevance of an article about property leasing to transport operators may not be obvious. Well, your fleet has to reside somewhere and it’s likely you will need to lease premises for...

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When Land-Use Planning and Road Management Lumber Logistics

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Transport operators’ and transport industry suppliers’ core need for the public road network goes without saying. What is just as vital, but sometimes overlooked, is ensuring continued access to that network, and the best access...

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Four Key Areas to Look Out For in Your Customer’s Transport Services Agreement

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Increasingly, customers are insisting that transport companies use their Transport Services Agreement, rather than the transport operator’s own terms and conditions. These customers will have undoubtedly allocated significant risks away from them to you, their...

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Update | Banking and Finance | March 2019

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In this issue Implementation of reforms recommended by the Banking Royal Commission Spotlight on Internal Dispute Resolution processes and procedures Government announces review of financial counselling sector and funding arrangements ASIC consults on updating its...

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Indonesia and Australia Finally Ink a Free Trade Agreement

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On 4 March Australian and Indonesia signed a free trade agreement that has been a long time in the making.  Australia and Indonesia are both parties to the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA limiting the additional benefit...

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