6 January 2013
Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission: Bill Passes through Senate & House of Representatives
The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (“ACNC”), the new Commonwealth regulator for the Not-for-Profit (“NFP”) sector, was set to commence operations on 1 October 2012. However, due to a series of amendments to the enabling legislation (the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission Bill 2012 (“Bill”)) the commencement date was delayed.
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23 December 2012
On 2 November 2012, the Building Amendment Bill 2012 became an Act and on the 5th and 6th of November, 2012 various sections of that Act became operational. The amendments to the Building Act are the first real changes since the Act became operational in July 2011. These changes have been necessary to minimise time delays regarding permit authority decisions, provide greater flexibility for builders accessing vacant land and clarify the powers of permit authorities and public authorities. Some of the key amendments are described below.
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Author: Isla McRobbie
19 December 2012
The High Court recently held by a majority of 3 – 2, that the restriction under section 7(1)(b) of the Law Reform (Contributory Negligence and Tortfeasors’ Contribution) Act 1947 (WA) (“the Act”) on the sum recoverable by a plaintiff who obtains multiple judgments in respect of the same damage, as a result of a tort, does not extend to consent judgments.
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Author: Alex Lustig
10 December 2012
The Fair Work Amendment Act 2012 (“the FWA Act”), which will amend the Fair Work Act 2009 (“the FW Act”), received Royal Assent on 4 December 2012. Most of the amendments will commence on 1 January 2013, while those changes relating to superannuation funds willcommence on 1 January 2014.
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Author: Renae Harding
28 November 2012
Dismissal held to be unfair but application for reinstatement denied: The Fair Work Australia decision Dewson v Boom Logistics  FWA 9027 reinforces the importance of following process and providing natural justice when managing employee behaviour and determining a penalty for such behaviour.
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Author: Renae Harding
29 October 2012
Reinstatement decision upheld on appeal: The Full Bench decision Linfox Australia Pty Ltd v Stutsel  FWAFB 7097 (3 October 2012) reinforces the importance of employers implementing a social media policy and provides guidance as to the circumstances in which an employee’s use of social media may constitute a valid reason for dismissal.
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Author: Renae Harding
24 October 2012
Disputes are disruptive - not only in terms of submitting and assessing the matters that give rise to the dispute, but also in terms of the time and cost that can be associated with subsequent formal dispute resolution.
From our 90 years experience in helping our clients avoid, manage and resolve their differences on construction and engineering projects, we know that there are a number of key factors that can influence whether or not a “difference” becomes a “dispute”, and then whether or not that dispute can be quickly, efficiently and amicably resolved.
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23 October 2012
Did you know that under section 5(1) of the Building Services (Complaints Resolution and Administration) Act 2011 (WA) (Complaints Act), a previous owner of a building can bring a claim against the builder for unsatisfactory or faulty building work. However, although you have the right to bring the claim, you may not get much out of it.
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16 September 2012
Following a decision by the State Administrative Tribunal delivered on 12 September 2012, community housing and aged-care providers,who have had rates objections rejected by Local Governments, may now be able to lodge those objections.
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31 August 2012
With the traditional annual general meeting (AGM) season fast approaching, we take this opportunity to draw your attention to some of the matters that should be addressed to help make sure everything runs according to plan.
We also outline some of the recent amendments to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act), which may be relevant to your future annual reporting.
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Author: Will Moncrieff