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Australia’s Modern Slavery laws – 5 Key Points

2019-07-02T11:35:59+10:00December 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (MSA) is now officially law in Australia. On 10 December 2018, the Modern Slavery Bill received royal assent after passing both houses in the Federal Parliament. This follows the Bill’s successful passage through the NSW Parliament in June earlier this year and the overwhelming support to create Australia’s first

Coal Industry Act changes and your insurance

2019-07-02T11:36:00+10:00November 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Earlier this year, the NSW Government passed the Coal Industry Amendment Act 2018 (NSW) (the Amendments). The Amendments amend the Coal Industry Act 2001 (NSW) and the insurance industry participants require. The Act will have significant impacts to the coal industry by: introducing a definition for employer of a coal industry to mean “any employer

Unhappy with the strata scheme building report and secretary’s decision?

2019-07-02T11:36:02+10:00September 7th, 2018|Construction disputes, Construction Law, Strata Defects|

How to review a decision under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015.   A decision to review a decision under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) (the Act) may have significant implications to parties involved in the strata scheme. For more information on the scheme, view our article here. A decision under the Act

Design defects in buildings – builder and developer liability

2019-07-02T11:36:03+10:00September 3rd, 2018|Construction disputes, Dispute Resolution, Strata Defects|

But I built to the plans and specifications! Design defects in buildings.  Developers and builders are now potentially liable for design defects in buildings, that’s the key takeaway from the recent NSW Court of Appeal decision The Owners – Strata Plan No 66375 v King [2018] NSWCA 170. A recent NSW Court of Appeal decision

Strata building defects? How to gain access if denied

2019-07-02T11:36:03+10:00August 31st, 2018|Construction Law, Dispute Resolution, Home Building, Strata Defects|

Strata building defects can quickly sour the relationship between owners and builders.  This creates an issue where the builder is attempting to access the building to attend to the rectification of strata building defects that are found in an inspection report. Below we outline how the strata building bond and inspection scheme (the Scheme) under

Developers defect bonds for strata buildings?

2019-07-02T11:36:04+10:00August 23rd, 2018|Construction Contracts, Construction disputes, Construction Law, Home Building, Strata Defects, Uncategorized|

NSW Government to increase penalties for developers failing to comply with the developer defect bond obligations Developer defect bonds have only been required for 7 months, however, already changes to the law and strengthening their penalties is being discussed. The NSW Government introduced the Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Building Defect Schemes) Bill 2018 (NSW) on

Superannuation – a snapshot of employer obligations

2019-07-02T11:36:10+10:00July 9th, 2018|Commercial & Corporate Advisory|

What is superannuation? Superannuation is the money that is set aside over your employee’s lifetime to provide for their retirement. Under the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cth) the employer has obligations to provide a portion of the employee’s salary or wages into a superannuation fund. This is called a superannuation guarantee contribution or concessional

NSW Government releases 10 point plan for construction sector

2019-07-02T11:36:10+10:00July 5th, 2018|Construction Contracts, Dispute Resolution, Home Building|

The NSW Government’s Construction Leadership Group (CLG) has released a construction-focused action plan, including its 10 point commitment to the construction sector.  The plan aims to assist the industry in meeting future demand, reduce costs and down-time through greater efficiency in Government procurement processes and foster collaboration between the public and private sectors. In this

Major security of payment upheaval needed: Murray Review released

2019-07-02T11:36:13+10:00May 24th, 2018|Construction Contracts, Dispute Resolution|

Released to the public on 21 May 2018 by John Murray AM, the ‘Review of Security of Payment Law – Building Trust and Harmony’ report is a forward thinking and comprehensive look at one of the most dynamic and widely utilised areas of building and construction law, the security of payment legislative regime. Morrissey Law

New window safety requirements for owners corporations

2019-07-02T11:36:14+10:00May 23rd, 2018|Commercial & Corporate Advisory|

Owners corporations now face a new window safety regime as a result of the introduction of the Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016, which seeks to increase child protection measures in relation to common property windows in strata property building complexes. Since 13 March 2018, owners corporations (more commonly known as body corporate) have been required

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