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Do State laws apply to the assessment of damages under the Carriers' Liability Act?

16-11-18 | Two recent decisions have considered the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959 (Cth)and its interaction with State legislation. The presiding judges took different approaches to deciding whether State-based statutes apply when considering claims made under the Carriers' Act.

Shake up for off-the-plan market and electronic conveyancing

16-11-18 | The Conveyancing Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (NSW) makes a series of changes to the Conveyancing Act 1919 (NSW) and the Real Property Act 1900 (NSW). It aims to introduce certainty around the electronic exchange of contracts and settlement process slowly being used by many firms as well as providing more safe guards for purchasers in off-the-plan sales.

Achieving dispute resolution efficiencies for Defence through project management

09-11-18 | A recent focus on streamlining dispute resolution processes aims to reduce the time taken to arrive at a final result. For example, the dispute resolution clause in many of Defence's template construction contracts provides for arbitration hearings to be conducted on a "stop clock basis", where each party has a fixed maximum time to present its case.

Changes to long service leave entitlements for Victorian employees—act now!

01-11-18 | Significant changes to Victorian long service leave entitlements start today, with the commencement of the Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic). Employers with employees based in Victoria must carefully review the new rules and ensure they comply as certain breaches of the new requirements will constitute criminal offences.

Consumer law amendments bring greater clarity and enhance regulators' powers

25-10-18 | The Treasury Laws Amendment (Australian Consumer Law Review) Bill 2018 (Amendment Act) cleared its final hurdle last week—passing the Senate—and, with the aim of clarifying and strengthening consumer protections, paves the way for a raft of amendments to a number of Acts.

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