Construction industry alert: Enterprise Agreements must be immediately compliant with the Building Code 2016

All building and construction industry employers must ensure their Enterprise Agreements (EAs) are compliant with the new Building Code 2016 or risk being immediately disqualified from Commonwealth funded building work. Commonwealth funded building work includes Public Private Partnerships and many projects that are indirectly funded by the Commonwealth. The Parliament has passed Amendments to the … Read more

The wine equalisation tax – Important new trade mark requirements

Owning a registered trade mark is a highly valuable marketing tool for any business, and offers many benefits. Having your brand registered gives a business exclusivity over use of that brand, legal protection against any unauthorised use or imitations, and from 2018, a registered trade mark may potentially give a certain group of holders a … Read more

HWL Ebsworth advises The Décor Corporation on its sale to Marlin Home

HWL Ebsworth has advised the shareholders of The Décor Corporation on its sale to Marlin Home. The transaction completed on 10 February 2017 for an undisclosed sum. Décor, a privately held company based in Melbourne, has an internationally recognised brand name in household goods, particularly kitchen containers. Décor was established in Melbourne in 1958 and … Read more

Land tax objections for 2017 – Reminder to review your assessments and object before the 60 day deadline expires

As you may well be aware, the State Revenue Office is currently issuing 2017 Land Tax assessments for Victorian landholdings owned as at midnight on 31 December 2016. These land tax assessments are based on local council valuations as at 1 January 2016 and from our preliminary review of a number of assessments, site values … Read more

Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 (the Code) – Are building contractors and subcontractors complying?

This Code came into force on 1 January 2017. It has been developed to ensure that public funds in Western Australia are spent on certain State Building Work using only safe and reputable Building Contractors. The Code promotes fair and efficient practices and productive workplace relations. As a Building Contractor or Subcontractor you need to … Read more