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Environmental offsets: an overview of process

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Many local governments, including many in Central Queensland, do not currently impose conditions in their development approvals in relation to environmental offsets.  Part of the reason for this is that environmental offsets are not widely understood by local governments, despite the fact that Councils can impose conditions for environmental offsets due to their Biodiversity overlay…

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Is your Infrastructure Charges Notice accurate? It pays to check…

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Infrastructure charges are triggered when development occurs on land that creates an extra demand on the trunk infrastructure network.  Infrastructure charges are regulated under both the Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act) and the Council’s Infrastructure Charges Resolution.  Infrastructure charges are levied by way of an Infrastructure Charges Notice.  Section 121 of the Planning Act outlines…

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Additional Recovery Options Under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017

The Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIFA) was introduced in 2017 to replace the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004. BIFA altered some of the formal requirements relating to payment claims, payment schedules and the timing of some steps in the adjudication process. Amendments to The Building Industry Fairness (Security of…

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Public Notification During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (Qld) (The Act) commenced on 23 April 2020 in response to a range of issues faced by industries and government, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, public notification. The COVID Emergency Act includes powers to make what extraordinary regulations for relevant matters.  Section 9(n) of the…

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Casual Employees; A Permanent Problem

Family Business Legal Advice

When is a casual employee not a casual employee?  The answer seems to be when they have a “firm advance commitment” from their employer to continuing and indefinite work according to an agreed pattern of work. On 20 May 2020 the Full Court of the Federal Court, in WorkPac Pty Ltd v. Rossato, held that…

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Employee Redundancies During the COVID-19 Crisis

Last month we considered the issue of options available for employers to decrease business expenses to combat falling turnover. These options include standing down employees, asking or directing employees to take leave either with or without pay and renegotiating wages and hours of work.  As a last resort, terminating the employment of employees on the…

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Contract Performance in a COVID-19 Economy

The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become an economic threat in which organisations are facing great challenges and preparing to respond quickly not only nationally, but globally.  The Australian Government has provided temporary regulatory relief for financially distressed businesses including the statutory demand threshold of $2,000 being raised to $20,000 under the Corporations Act 2001 –…

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Changes to Corporations and Bankruptcy Laws in Response to COVID-19

With COVID-19 affecting the economic viability of businesses across Australia, recent changes have been announced by the Federal Government to help affected businesses.  The Government has stressed the importance of implementing a temporary safety net for otherwise profitable and viable businesses that now face temporarily financial distress. Some of the key changes are outlined below.…

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New Mandatory Code for Commercial Leases During COVID-19

On 7 April 2020, the Government released the much-anticipated Mandatory Code of Conduct (the Code) to apply to certain commercial and retail leases during the COVID-19 crisis.  The Code imposes a set of good faith leasing principles for landlords and tenants.  The overarching principles are to share, in a proportionate, measured manner, the financial risk…

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Managing wages and employment risk during COVID-19 (and other crises)

Family Business Legal Advice

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting government intervention including restrictions on gatherings and movement, many businesses are confronted with the question of how they decrease their business expenses to combat their falling turnover. Although COVID-19 is primarily a social and health issue, the reality is it has become an issue of economic life…

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