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Casual Conversion to FT

On 5 July 2017 a full bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) as part of the extensive four-yearly review of modern awards made significant changes to the rights of…

ICAC comes to NT

“ICAC plan close to fruition” and “ICAC could peel layers off corrupt NT actions” were two headlines appearing on successive days in the NT News on 28 and 29 June…

Development approval exemption for State-sponsored battery storage in SA

Battery storage facilities no longer require development approval in South Australia, provided that they are endorsed by a State Agency and constructed on a site that has been notified in…

NDIS – Productivity Commission – Costs Position Paper Released for Comment

On 14 June 2017 the Productivity Commission released a discussion paper on the NDIS entitled “National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs”.  Public comment is invited and written submissions need to…

Changes to Native Title Act following McGlade v Native Title Registrar

The recent decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court in McGlade v Native Title Registrar [2017] FCAFC 10 on 2  February 2017 generated uncertainty around the status of…

SA Mining Acts Review: First Response from Government

Following the completion of the public submission phase of the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review in March 2017, the South Australian Government’s Review Team has now released its first response…

Energy: Finkel – Clean Energy Target to be introduced and Renewable Energy Target not to be extended past 2020

Dr Finkel’s final report, “Blueprint for the future: Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market”, was released to the Council of Australian Governments today (9 June…

Energy – Changes to Native Vegetation Clearance Exemptions in SA

On 1 July 2017, the current Native Vegetation Regulations will be revoked and replaced by new Regulations. The existing exemptions that are commonly relied upon by developers of energy projects…

Resources – Changes to Native Vegetation Clearance Exemptions in SA

On 1 July 2017, the current Native Vegetation Regulations will be revoked and replaced by new Regulations. The existing exemptions that are commonly relied upon by operators in the Resources…

Liability of Accountants for being “Wilfully Blind” to Underpayment of Wages by their Client.

The Federal Circuit Court has held an accountancy firm that processed payroll information for a restaurant accessorily liable for the underpayment of restaurant staff. In a judgment delivered on 28…

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