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Recent Changes to the Blue Card System: Is Your Blue Card Still Valid?

Friday, October 02, 2020

On 31 August 2020, a raft of changes to the Blue Card system was introduced, aimed at bolstering security and safety for children. The changes were implemented through the commencement of the remaining provisions of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019. The changes affect organisations, paid workers and volunteers
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New federal standard implemented to improve quad bike safety

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

On 11 October 2019, the Federal Government implemented the Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019 (Cth), to improve quad bike safety in Australia. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”), from 2011 to 2018 there were at least 128 fatalities associated with quad bikes.
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Internet of Things (“IOT”) and privacy

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The “Internet of Things” is a new term coined colloquially which refers to the gradual expansion of the internet and the interconnectivity of everything we come in contact with in our lives; from smartphones to smarthomes and eventually smartcities.
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PPSR registrations may expire from 30 January 2019

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Members are reminded that under the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR), some registrations over serial-numbered goods are applied for the maximum period of seven years. It is possible that PPSR registrations of these items will start to expire from 30 January 2019.
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Star Laws

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

From Elon Musk’s Tesla to military satellites and more, Space is becoming exponentially more congested each year.
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ACCC targets Facebook and Google

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

In December 2017 the Federal Government formally directed the ACCC to commence an inquiry into digital platform providers such as Facebook and Google.
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Who may be personally liable for work health and safety breaches?

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) imposes an obligation on officers of corporations and unincorporated organisations to exercise due diligence in ensuring the organisation complies with health and safety duties. The term ‘officer’ incorporates a broad range of individuals, who are subject to a high level of duty, and face severe potential punishments for breaching this duty.
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Servcorp’s Contract Terms Declared to be Unfair

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

In a recent decision by the Federal Court, 12 standard form contract terms used by Servcorp and its subsidiaries were declared unfair and struck out. The ACCC used its authority under Australian Consumer Law (“ACL”) to commence proceedings last year as part of its crackdown on unfair terms in business-to-business contracts.
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Castle v United States - fraudulent lending scheme

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Federal Court of Australia has recently upheld the extradition of an allegedly fraudulent American citizen, Mr Castle. Mr Castle is alleged by the US to have masterminded a complex fraudulent lending scheme in which he duped homeowners out of millions of dollars.
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Triguboff v Fairfax Media

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Federal Court has struck down a defamation claim before it proceeded to trial, on the basis that the applicant was not actually referred to in the article alleged to be defamatory.
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