Publications

On 25 February 2015, the South Australian Government released draft legislation which is intended to replace the current Retirement Villages Act 1987 (SA) (Act). The consultation period relating to the draft Retirement Villages Bill 2015 (Bill) is open until 24 April 2015 and the Government is inviting submissions from industry groups, residents and the public.

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The Department of Social Services (DSS) has released a discussion paper outlining its proposed changes to simplify financial and prudential reporting requirements for aged care providers.

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In a recent decision, the New South Wales Supreme Court has addressed whether an adjudication application for delay damages was an abuse of process of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999

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Superannuation Case Law Update

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As discussed in our previous alerts, there have been significant amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (BCIP Act).

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Thomson Geer can confirm that they have been advised by the Government that BCIPA amendments will be effective from Monday 15 December 2014. We expect this date will be formally announced in the coming days.

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As part of the Commonwealth government's agenda to cut red tape, the departments for each portfolio have conducted an audit of legislated regulation in place as at October 2013. The aim was to estimate the regulatory burden imposed on organisations, the community and end users of the various services.

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Amendments to the Health Practitioner Regulation Legislation (Adoption of National Law) Act 2009 (NSW) received royal assent on 28 November 2014.

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The New South Wales Supreme Court, in the recent decision of Kitchen Xchange v Formacon Building Services [2014] NSWSC 160, has provided some guidance in relation to relatively new requirement in the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (the Act) for claimants to include with their payment claims a 'supporting statement'.

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On 3 November 2014, the new Franchising Code of Conduct was finally made public, following months of confidential consultation with stakeholder groups.

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