Blogs

Leaving a violent relationship

  • 12 September 2018

Most relationships are not characterised by violence, but more and more people are understanding that violence is not just physical violence. Each child deserves to be raised in a household free from violence.

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The National Redress Scheme – A Response to Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Claims

  • 1 June 2018

A key recommendation from the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse was the implementation of a nation-wide Redress Scheme.

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The benefits of being classified as a ‘worker’ during times of injury.

  • 29 May 2018

There has been a lot of media attention in recent months concerning the lack of protections afforded to those who work in the ridesharing and food delivery industry who are classed as ‘contractors’ for employment purposes. In many instances these contractors are not entitled to an award (or ‘minimum’) wage nor are they entitled to claim benefits under the workers compensation legislation if they are injured on the job.

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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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