Jackson McDonald publications


  • 30 June 2016

    State Wage Case 2016: Increase to state minimum wage and award rates

    The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission issued the State Wage Case on 10 June 2016. The following increases have effect from 1 July 2016.

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    Author: Renae Harding

  • 28 June 2016

    New laws governing incorporated associations in WA commence on 1 July 2016

    On 2 November 2015 the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA) (New Act) received Royal Assent. The New Act repeals and replaces the current Associations Incorporation Act 1987 (WA). The New Act has now been proclaimed to commence on 1 July 2016.

    All existing incorporated associations must comply with the requirements of the New Act from 1 July 2016, subject to the transitional provisions, and must notify the Department of Commerce of their address within 90 days. All existing incorporated associations have 3 years from 1 July 2016 to update the rules of their association to ensure compliance with the New Act.

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    Author: Elizabeth Tylich

  • 7 June 2016

    Annual Wage Review 2015 - 2016: National minimum wage and award wages up by 2.4% from 1 July

    The Expert Panel of the Fair Work Commission issued the Annual Wage Review 2015 - 2016 decision and statement on 31 May 2016. The wage increases set out in the decision will come into effect from 1 July 2016.

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    Author: Renae Harding

  • 3 June 2016

    Work Health and Safety in WA: Have your say - public comment now open

    On 1 June 2016, Worksafe WA released a discussion paper on its review of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations and consequent recommendations.  Western Australians now have until 31 August 2016 to comment on the proposed regulations before the State Government determines its final position.


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    Author: Renae Harding

  • 23 May 2016

    Australian Tourism and Hospitality Employers: Fast Facts

    Tourism is a booming industry in Australia and this article highlights those workplace laws that may have particular significance for those employers operating in this developing area.

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    Authors: Richard Sandover, Shannon Walker

  • 15 May 2016

    The Aboriginal Governance and Leadership Program is open for applications

    The Aboriginal Governance and Leadership Program is open for applications

    The State Government has this month announced funding of $2.3 million for an Aboriginal Governance and Leadership Program for regional Western Australia.

    The Program delivers grants to eligible Aboriginal businesses in WA's regional and remote locations to assist with improving their governance practices.  It provides access to professional assistance to support businesses to strengthen their financial management and strategic decision making.

    $60,000 is available to Aboriginal businesses to engage qualified service providers.  Jackson McDonald is a qualified service provider.

    We encourage Aboriginal businesses to contact us on 9426 6871 (Alana Bernstein) or 9426 6739 (Emma Chinnery) to discuss how we might assist with the Program.

    Applications close on Thursday 9 June 2016.

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    Authors: Emma Chinnery, Adam Levin

  • 6 May 2016

    Watch out - will your sites be compliant when WorkSafe calls?

    A recent WorkaSafe media release has advised that their recent inspection blitz aimed at construction sites in the Perth CBD has reported a high level of compliance with workplace safety laws.

    The main goal in carrying out this program was to ensure construction sites were adequately prepared to protect the public in the immediate vicinity of the activity
    The findings showed that a total of 44 construction sites were inspected, resulting in 20 improvement notices and 195 verbal directions being issued to improve site safety.

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    Authors: Basil Georgiou, Renae Harding, Matthew Lang

  • 2 May 2016

    Criminal activity and your employees: why you should exercise caution before hiring or firing employees based on criminal conduct

    While it may appear obvious that an employer is entitled to hire and fire employees with reference to serious criminal conduct, both the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) (AHRC Act) and recent unfair dismissal cases make clear that employers should proceed with caution before making any prejudicial decision based on these factors. 

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    Author: Shannon Walker

  • 12 April 2016

    Underneath the radar: balancing public information with personal security

    In various industries, decision-makers significantly affect the rights and interests of others.  Despite the fact that they may have regularly encountered aggressive and disgruntled people in the course of their roles, they frequently downplay the personal security risks that arise, reassuring themselves that they are “only doing their job” and that all affected people “will understand”. Further, people often assume that there is nothing they can do to overcome a requirement for their address to be publicly available information e.g. ASIC keeps a register of director addresses.  

    This alert examines the options available for suppressing personal information from publication, highlights the importance of applying for suppression as soon as a security risk develops, and considers the inherent security risks in using social media. 

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    Author: Eva Lin

  • 11 April 2016

    Is your SMSF limited recourse loan compliant with the ATO’s Practical Compliance Guideline?

    On 6 April 2016 the ATO released a Practical Compliance Guideline (PCG 2016/5) which helpfully sets out ‘safe harbour’ features of a limited recourse borrowing arrangement (LRBA) that are acceptable to the Commissioner. Super fund trustees with related party LRBAs need to read the Guideline and review the terms and features of their LRBAs as soon as possible and take any necessary remedial action by 30 June 2016 to ensure they are compliant and do not trigger adverse income tax consequences for the fund under the non-arm’s length income (NALI) provisions.

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    Authors: Jim O’Donnell, Jemal Zagami