Liability of Growers

The Racing Board has recently said that it has triggered a bigger enquiry than even the Fine Cotton affair in the early 80’s. It will continue for months, perhaps years. Now it’s the turn of the small crops industry.


Changes to Privacy Laws

In March 2014 the Federal Government introduced significant changes to the Privacy Act 1988. The most notable of these changes was the replacement of the 10 National Privacy Principles with 13 Australian Privacy Principles. The amended Privacy Act places a strong emphasis on organisations having an updated privacy policy in place and ensuring that staff have training in this policy.


Revival of Lapsed Development Approvals

It is no secret that the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (QLD) (SPA) can be very complex. We have noticed an increasing number of development approvals which have lapsed in recent times which appears to be closely linked to the GFC and the commercial restraints of the current market climate.


The Need to Register Interests on the PPS Register

The PPSA has left many people unsure of their requirements and their rights under the new legislation. However, the Maiden Civil case has brought to the forefront the need for people to ensure they understand and comply with their requirements under the PPSA.


Options for Employment Agreements

“Doing Nothing” is always an option, just not a very good one. Where Employees are uncertain about their working conditions, doubts creep in. When doubts creep into the Employer/Employee relationship problems often follow. Employees (and Employers) should know exactly where they stand when it comes to their employment terms and conditions and neither should have to guess.


Horticultural Industry and Illegal Workers

Only Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport are allowed to stay and work in Australia without restriction. All foreign nationals who want to travel to and stay in Australia must obtain visas before arriving.