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SA to get new minimum expiry date for gift cards

Summary As we discussed in an alert earlier this year, the New South Wales Government introduced new laws on 31 March 2018 to provide greater consumer protections to users of gift cards. The rules provide for a three-year minimum term on gift cards, and prohibit any charges or fees applied after the sale of a gift … Read more


General Data Protection Regulation privacy changes

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) As per our previous publication, dated 22 January 2018, the European Union GDPR will be in effect from 25 May 2018, and will replace existing data protection rules set out in the 1995 European Directive 95/46/EC. While the GDPR will be law in the European Union (EU), it is … Read more


Common questions concerning GST withholding law

The new GST withholding law commences on 1 July 2018. We are fielding a number of commonly asked questions concerning the operation and application of the new law. Here are some commonly asked client questions and our responses. If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. 1. When does the GST … Read more


Tax Insight: Tax compliance certificates and government tenders

Treasurer Scott Morrison recently released the 2018-19 Federal Budget (Budget).  One key Budget measure and recommendation of the Government’s Black Economy Taskforce (Taskforce) will significantly affect businesses tendering for government contracts. The Australian Treasury is currently consulting on this proposed measure with submissions due by 15 June 2018. From 1 July 2019, it has been … Read more


Broad reach of cartel prohibitions confirmed in record-setting case

The Full Federal Court has imposed a record penalty for cartel conduct of $46 million in a case that also confirmed that a broad interpretation is to be given to the cartel prohibitions. The case involved an appeal from an earlier decision in which the ACCC succeeding in proving that Yazaki, a Japanese company that … Read more


ASX Corporate Governance Principles 4th Edition Consultation Paper Released

The ASX Corporate Governance Council (Council) has released its consultation paper for the fourth edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (CG Principles) proposing a range of changes relevant to listed entities’ governance structures and reporting requirements. Whilst the Council acknowledges that Australian corporate governance operates at a high level in comparison to international standards, … Read more


‘Loot boxes’: a new form of gambling?

Microtransactions (payments of real money within a game for items, benefits, downloadable content, etc) first gained popularity as a method of monetising so-called ‘freemium’ mobile app games. They have now become a feature of triple-A games, including Overwatch, Star Wars: Battlefront II (however temporarily), FIFA 2017 and Call of Duty: WWII and account for billions in … Read more


Insurance bulletin – May 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the HWL Ebsworth Insurance Review. We are delighted to bring you content addressing a range of current and emerging insurance issues, trends and cases from across our offices nationally, across various lines of business. We trust you will find this edition of our Insurance Review helpful and informative. Should you … Read more


Casualty update – obvious risk, dangerous recreational activity & waivers

An “obvious risk” is a risk that would be obvious to a reasonable person in the position of the person who suffers harm. The determination of obvious involves a ‘forward looking enquiry’ as to whether the risk that eventuated would have been obvious to the hypothetical reasonable person. This means that both the factual scenario facing … Read more