Blogs

What do you mean we can outsource our Babysitters?

  • 03 Apr 2018

Putting aside the usual problems with having your parents around for long periods of time, grandparents are an excellent source of babysitting labour – they're trustworthy, love their responsibilities and free!

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Simplifying the First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme - Are you eligible?

  • 12 Mar 2018

Buying your first home can often be daunting and at times overwhelming. In recent times, the media has made it well-known that housing affordability is a big concern for many Australians, particularly for first home buyers. In the 2017/2018 financial year the NSW State Government introduced new initiatives to assist first home buyers in entering into the property market.

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Employment Law: Bullying in the workplace

  • 06 Mar 2018

A worker is bullied at work if there is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety. Unreasonable behaviour can include threatening, victimising or intimidating.

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Say goodbye to the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) and hello to the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

  • 26 Feb 2018

The Department of Home Affairs (formerly the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) is making changes to the skilled visa programs from March 2018. Below is a brief summary of those changes for foreign workers and Australian employers.

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REGULATING NON-TRADITIONAL TRANSPORT IN THE AGE OF UBER

  • 29 Jan 2018

On 1 February 2018, the Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Act 2016 (NSW) will commence. In addition to regulating the taxi industry, the Act aims to tackle the increasingly popular ride-sharing industry, with services such as "Uber" becoming popularised.

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DECISION ALERT: Lets Go Adventures Pty Ltd v Barrett [2017] NSWCA 243

  • 03 Oct 2017

The litigation process in an adversarial trial is necessarily robust and often involves the cross-examination of witnesses to test the strength of their evidence. Advocates appearing for a party are tasked with engaging with the witnesses under cross-examination to apply the scrutiny that the adversarial process requires.

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Abolition of 457 Visa

  • 18 Apr 2017

The Australian Government has announced on 18 April 2017 that it will abolish the current Skilled Visa stream (457 visa).

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Decision Alert: Get off my Title! - Orders for the Withdrawal of Caveats and the Court's Equitable Jurisdiction: Kondylis v Bacic[2017] NSWSC 66

  • 13 Feb 2017

In a brief judgment handed down by his Honour, Justice White in Kondylis v Bacic[2017] NSWSC 66, the Supreme Court has reinforced two basic, but crucial, factors to be considered when dealing with an application for Orders for the withdrawal of a caveat.

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Good Fences make Good Neighbours: The Low Down on Fencing Disputes

  • 31 Jan 2017

Whilst we would all like to get along with our neighbours, sometimes even the best of relationships can sour over something as simple as a fence. If you’re having a dispute with your neighbour about the fence between your properties, there are things you can do.

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Decision Alert: High Court Clarifies Requirements of Security of Payment Act Claims

  • 19 Jan 2017

Until the High Court's decision in Southern Han Breakfast Point Pty Ltd (in liq) v Lawrence Construction Pty Ltd [2016] HCA 52, the question whether a "reference date" was a precondition to issuing a valid "progress payment" under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (NSW) (SOPA) remained undecided.

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