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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

dgrs to be registers with the acnc after 14th December 2021

2 Months to Go: DGRs to be ACNC-registered after 14 December 2021

By Julian Ryan, Senior Associate and Olivia Cassano, Lawyer. As of 14 December 2021, all non-government deductible gift recipients (DGRs) must also be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Significantly, these recent changes are part of a broader reform to Australia’s DGR framework, first announced almost four years ago.  Moreover, one of … Read More

Combustible Cladding News Update – A Brief Reprieve But An Inevitable End

By Malcolm Liu, Lawyer and Chloe Moorfoot, Partner On 16 September 2021, the Building Amendment (Registration and Other Matters) Bill 2021 (Bill) passed the third reading in the First House: Legislative Assembly. Hence, amongst other amendments, section 49A of the Bill proposes to amend section 134(2) of the Building Act 1993 (Act) by extending the … Read More

Mandatory Vaccinations for Construction Workers – What does this mean for you?

By Chloe Moorfoot, Partner and Malcolm Liu, Lawyer. Significantly, on 16 September 2021, the Victorian Government announced that construction workers across Victoria will need to show evidence to their employer that they have had a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 11:59pm this Thursday 23 September 2021. Moreover, public health officials have become increasingly … Read More

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