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Responding to a Building Notice and Building Order

Many at-risk apartment buildings in Victoria may have already received a Building Notice from their local council dictating that the cladding on their building is non-compliant with the building standards. in other words, the cladding is combustible. Some of these building notices may have progressed to Building Orders, and others may have audits and investigations … Read More

Snail

Why The Classic Case of the Snail in the Ginger Beer Bottle Impacts Technology Commercialisation Today

Donoghue vs Stevenson was a landmark decision that set a precedent for manufacturer negligence enforced to this day. And it’s a law that all inventors must consider when commercialising their innovations. If they don’t, they run the risk of their own “snail in the bottle” moment quickly killing their venture. Donoghue vs Stevenson It all … Read More

Scratch that: Australian Full Federal Court finds that AI systems CANNOT be inventors

On 30 July 2021, the Federal Court of Australia over-turned the decision of the Australian Commissioner of Patents, and instead found that an artificial intelligence (AI) system named DABUS could be the inventor of an Australian patent. BUT on 13 April 2022, the Full Federal Court reverted back to the outcome reached by the Commissioner … Read More

Directors beware – The ATO is back issuing Director Penalty Notices

By Chloe Moorfoot (Partner), Olivia Cassano (Lawyer) and Daniel Conti (Law Graduate) The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has resumed pursuit of unpaid taxes, including the issuing of Director Penalty Notices (DPNs), as it seeks to recoup losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. Division 269, Schedule 1 of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (Cth) (Act) places … Read More

Slashing ASIC search fees and combatting illegal phoenix activity

In a bid to curb illegal Phoenix Activity and enable corporate transparency, the Government has implemented Director Identification Numbers and removed ASIC Search Fees.  ASIC Search Fees In the interests of promoting transparency and access to the law, the proposed 2022-23 Budget provides that: The Government will forgo receipts of $64.9 million over 3 years … Read More

2022 – 2023 Budget – Key Takeaways for Small Businesses

On 29 March 2022, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered the 2022-2023 Budget, described as ‘the next stage in leading Australia’s strong economy into the future’ following ‘the biggest economic shock since the Great Depression.’ The Budget labelled as its key focus areas: Safer Australia, Cost of living, Regions, Workforce, Women, and Essentials. Included amongst these are … Read More

the .au domain name is now available.

Domain Update: The .au Direct Domain Name is Here

On 24 March 2022, the direct .au domain name will launch and be available for licensing from .au Domain Administrator (auDA) accredited Registrars. The new domain level means website names can be shortened by dropping the .com (or other variants featured in domain names) to become just “website.au”.  Where there is no existing domain name … Read More

THE FLAG IS FREE!

We are delighted to announce that the copyright in the Aboriginal Flag has been assigned to the Australian Government after they reached an A$20 million deal. The Aboriginal Flag is now free for public use in accordance with the same protocols as the Australian Flag, other than for commercial manufacturers of flags. Furthermore, the deal … Read More

Why are T&Cs important for businesses?

Why is it important to have Terms & Conditions for your business?

By Julian Ryan (Senior Associate) and Olivia Cassano (Lawyer) For many new start-ups and small businesses having a robust set of terms and conditions (T&Cs) is not the first priority. But getting your T&Cs right is crucial to the smooth operation of your business and ensuring healthy cashflow. Why are T&Cs important? Terms and Conditions … Read More

Victorian Buildings Beware – Are you compliant with your essential safety measures?

By Chloe Moorfoot, Partner and Malcolm Liu, Lawyer. Non-compliance with the Building Regulations 2018 (Regulations) for essential safety measures can result in serious consequences, including infringement notices, fines and prosecution. Additionally, the combustible cladding building inspections in Victoria are likely to expose buildings that are non-compliant with the essential safety measures. Therefore, is your building … Read More

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