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Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme in Victoria – Omicron Extension

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On 15 January 2022, the Victorian Government announced a further two month extension to the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (CTRS), from 16 January 2022 to 15 March 2022. This extension comes in response to the...

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Holidaying After Separation

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It’s no secret that Australians love to travel. Whether it’s journeying across Australia to see distant relatives or holidaying to countries around globe, travelling is often a positive, beneficial and foundational experience for adults and...

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Do I need a Licence to fundraise in New South Wales?

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In New South Wales, NSW Fair Trading regulates charitable fundraising activities. Under the Charitable Fundraising Act, soliciting or receiving money, property or other benefits constitutes a ‘fundraising appeal’ if the appeal is for a charitable...

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Preserving Competition in Public Sector Tenders: Businesses and Public Servants Should Heed the Warnings of the ACCC on Cartel Conduct

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Introduction Last month, the ACCC published a media release warning public sector agencies of the potential for collusion between bidders responding to tender requests issued by government entities. The warning was motivated by recent experiences...

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CFMMEU v Mt Arthur Coal [2021] FWCFB 6059

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On 3 December 2021 the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) delivered the anticipated decision in CFMMEU v Mt Arthur Coal [2021] FWCF B6059 against mining giant BHP,  finding its COVID-19 vaccine mandate...

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Falling Victim to Scams – How to Detect and Safeguard Your Interests

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Since the start of 2021 Australians have lost over $220 million from financial scams. Of the total losses reported to Scamwatch for all of 2021, investment scams were the largest culprit, accounting for over half...

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What happens to my digital assets when I die?

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us have spent a large amount of time at home which meant our online usage increased. Most of us have accounts with Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, we likely...

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Dividing Dogs in Disputed Divorces

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With the silly season almost upon us, thousands of Australians will soon find themselves contemplating getting their children or partner (or themselves) a pet as a Christmas present. Conversely, many of us have already taken...

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When does your trust vest?

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One question which often arises when a trust is coming to an end is how to best approach any potential tax implications which will occur when the trust is wound-up. In order to be in...

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Eye-watering fine issued to WA welding company and its manager for severe injuries to worker

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A Perth-based sheet metal fabricator, PGQW Pty Ltd (PGQW), has received one of the highest fines ever handed down under Western Australia’s occupational health and safety laws. In an important reminder for supervisors, the company’s...

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Permanent Changes Afoot to Allow Virtual Meetings and Electronic Execution of Documents

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The Federal Government has signalled its intention to make permanent the temporary COVID-19 exemptions allowing virtual meetings and the electronic signing and sending of certain documents by companies. If passed in its current form, the...

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Supreme Court challenge to mandatory vaccination orders

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On 15 October 2021, the Supreme Court of NSW dismissed challenges to the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for certain workers imposed under NSW public health orders. The two sets of proceedings in Kassam v Hazzard; Henry...

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