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Sexual harassment: now squarely a Work Health and Safety issue

Safe Work Australia has released new national guidance on preventing and responding to workplace sexual harassment (Guide). The release of the Guide is just one of a number of significant...

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Carbon appétit: Government expresses hunger for carbon capture and storage via new fund

On 1 March 2021, the Commonwealth Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, launched the $50 million Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Development Fund (Fund) to support the growth...

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Victoria positions itself to become a global hydrogen leader

In early February the Victorian Government announced that a new, $10 million hydrogen hub would be constructed in Melbourne’s south east.

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Need a doctor? There's an app for that, but new TGA risk classification rules apply

Standalone software (which is not attached to any physical medical device), commonly in the form of a mobile app, is increasingly becoming one of the means upon which we treat, diagnose or monitor...

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Industrial manslaughter in the Queensland coal industry

The industrial manslaughter provisions commenced on 1 July 2020 with amendments made to a number of Mineral and Energy Resources legislative instruments including the Coal Mining Safety & Health...

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One step closer to single-touch environmental approvals under the EPBC Act

Less than a month after the release of the Final Report of the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act), the Government has sought to...

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ACCC compliance and enforcement priorities 2021

Yesterday, the ACCC released its Compliance and Enforcement Priorities for 2021.

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Curtains on class closure orders

The Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales look to have brought the practice of pre-settlement class closures to an end, at least for the time being.

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High Court considers the meaning of personal financial product advice

On 3 February 2021, the High Court of Australia (HCA) handed down its judgment in Westpac Securities Administration Ltd v Australian Securities and Investments Commission [2021] HCA 3  (Westpac v...

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Occupation certificates – are you ready for the changes?

If you are in the business of developing, designing or building residential apartments in New South Wales then you should by now...

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Federal Government releases Final Report of the independent review of the EPBC Act

A comprehensive agenda for reform comprising of 38 individual recommendations to be implemented over a two-year period has been delivered.

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Federal Court dismisses H2O Exchange’s appeal from AAT R&D decision

On 22 January 2021, Stewart J decided H20 Exchange Pty Ltd (H2O) v Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) [2021] FCA 11 in favour of ISA.

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Restraints of trade and dominance in Australia

Partners Sar Katadare and Andrew Willekes share insights on restraints of trade and dominance in Australia as part of Thompson Reuters’ Practical Law Competition Global Guide

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New disclosure requirements in NSW for suppliers of goods or services

Terms that may substantially prejudice the interests of the consumer.

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Court puts funders’ conduct and expenses under the microscope

On 30 November 2020, Murphy J published his reasons for approving the $95 million settlement of the Spotless Group Holdings Ltd (Spotless) class action. As is the case with most judgements in this...

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December Australian Energy & Resources Market Update

Our update covers mining, oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy.

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The States of Electronic Signing in 2021

In the biggest shake-up of Australia’s antiquated company signing requirements, the Federal Government has temporarily modified the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) to allow for companies to...

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All roads lead to renewables? New laws support NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap

On 3 December 2020, the Electricity Infrastructure Investment Bill 2020 (NSW) (Renewables Bill) was assented to, which for many can be viewed as the final brick in the road towards a recalibration...

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Major changes to IR laws – what you need to know

On 9 December 2020, the Attorney General tabled a new bill (the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020) which proposes significant changes to the Fair...

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The Casuals Conundrum Resolved?

Sweeping proposed industrial relations reforms introduced by the Federal Government on 9 December 2020 could change the nature of work for Australia’s estimated 2.6 million casual workers.

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State and Territory budget snap shot – key business announcements

Earlier this year, National Cabinet agreed that all jurisdictions would defer their respective state and territory budgets to enable each government to focus on the COVID-19 response effort. We...

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An update on the Consumer Data Right

The Consumer Data Right scheme came into effect for the banking sector in August. It will evolve as it expands into the energy and telecommunications sectors until it applies economy-wide.

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How long is a piece of string? The Mining Exception under the NSW SOPA explained

There is no question that a lot of work readily recognisable as "construction work" occurs in the mining sector; but where along this continuum does "construction work" in mining lose that identity...

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On second thoughts... Can a settlement offer be accepted even after it has been rejected?

The Federal Court of Australia has held that an offer to settle made pursuant to its Court rules may remain open, even after it has been expressly rejected or a counter-offer has been made. The...

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