You may have seen recent industry reports about the excessive time taken by Land Registry to register plans of subdivision in recent times (often in excess of 4 weeks).
Introducing Banking & Finance Disputes Monthly. For 2017, we are changing the format of insights delivered to you in the Banking and Finance Dispute Resolution space - from a quarterly publication to an easier to read monthly article on a particular case or other recent development. We hope you find the new format valuable - please do pass us on any feedback in this regard.
As a consequence of the new Building Code 2016 coming into effect late last year1, there is now a live question as to whether many standard form contracts used in connection with Commonwealth funded construction projects require amending to include conclusive documented dispute resolution processes.
The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (Breach Notification Act) received Royal assent on 22 February. This means that private sector organisations and Commonwealth Government agencies will have breach reporting obligations that start on Thursday 22 February 2018 (unless the Government chooses to proclaim an earlier commencement). Data breaches which occurred before commencement will not be reportable.
The South Australian Government today announced a new plan to take charge of its energy security and to provide a rapid fix to some of the problems that have plagued the supply of electricity in South Australia over recent months.
On Thursday, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued its final determination to deny authorisation to 16 insurance companies to jointly impose a cap of 20 percent on commissions paid to motor vehicle dealers who sell their add-on insurance products.
A number of new measures were proposed by the Victorian State Government over the weekend relating to stamp duty and property taxes.
Whilst this is also subject to the passing of the State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2017, a brief summary is set out below:
The Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash, introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (Amendment Bill) on 1 March 2017. The Amendment Bill contains elements of the Liberal Party's "Protecting Vulnerable Workers" Policy that was released just before, and taken to, the last Federal election. The Amendment Bill delivers on an election commitment to ensure workers are protected from exploitative and unfair practices in the workplace.