Super Alert – 15 February 2019

This edition of the Super Alert notes responses from APRA and the Treasurer following the Royal Commission’s Final Report, the passage of the Treasury Laws Amendment Bill which contains the government’s ‘SG integrity package’ and other updates. APRA capability review – panel appointed On 11 February 2019, the Treasurer announced that the Federal Government has … Read more

Gas shortage in Australia drives ship imports

The current state of the Australian domestic gas market is driving an unprecedented number of regasification projects across Australia. The lack of a West to East gas pipeline and the long term export commitments of our domestic producers in both Western Australia and Queensland have left those residing in New South Wales, Victoria and South … Read more

The Australian Consumer Law – suppliers and manufacturers – who is ultimately liable to consumers for defective goods?

The Australian Consumer Law is set out in Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (ACL) and provides a set of consumer guarantees that apply whenever goods are supplied to “consumers” as defined under the ACL. This article explores the interaction between supplier, manufacturer and consumer when there has been a breach … Read more

Royal Commission final report – significant consequences for the automotive industry

On 4 February 2019, the Government released the final report of the Royal Commission in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (Report).¬†In the Report, Commissioner Kenneth Hayne made 76 recommendations, a number of which will have significant consequences for participants in the automotive industry as new laws and regulations are enacted in the months … Read more

Unpaid family and domestic violence leave – The new National Employment Standard

As from 12 December 2018, a new entitlement of five days’ unpaid family and domestic violence leave has become available to employees as part of the National Employment Standards (NES). This change is the result of the Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Act 2018 (Cth) coming in to effect.¬†Previously this leave was … Read more