Potential changes to Queensland’s land clearing laws and the impact upon land owners

It is important that land owners intending to clear vegetation on their property in Queensland in the near future take note of potential changes to vegetation management laws. Prior to the 2017 Election, the State Government promised to reinstate restrictive vegetation management laws that were repealed by the Newman government. This commitment was to be … Read more

Tax Insight: Australian Taxation Office to data match visa holders, international students and migration agents 澳大利亚税务局将对签证持有人、国际学生和移民中介进行信息匹配审查

中文 To view the article in Mandarin, click here. The Australian Taxation Office will conduct a data matching program of visa holders, international students who work in Australia and migration agents who help people migrate to Australia. Personal records for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020 of over 20 million visa holders … Read more

New advertising guidelines for comparative claims made by Universities

Crackdown on comparative claims by universities in the United Kingdom In late 2017, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the United Kingdom examined a range of complaints made in respect of various advertising campaigns run by six universities in the United Kingdom. The majority of complaints pertained to allegedly misleading or unsubstantiated claims made by … Read more

Anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing requirements extended to cryptocurrency exchanges

Money laundering is widely recognised as a key enabler for criminal activity, and the recent rise of pseudonymous cryptocurrencies has created new ways for this occur. Existing Australian laws in relation to money laundering were not fully equipped for these developments, but amendments have been passed by Parliament to address such matters. ‘These will commence … Read more

New EU Data Protection Regulations

Summary The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (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 likely to have an impact on Australian businesses that operate … Read more