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  • Australian Reforms Tackle Psychosocial Hazards, Including Sexual Harassment, in the Workplace

    In the wake of recent government inquiries into alleged bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, in Australian workplaces, Australian legislatures and work health and safety regulators have become increasingly focused on the psychological health and safety of workers. These developments have highlighted the need for employers to better understand and proactively manage psychosocial...

  • Managing your FIRB approval compliance obligations

    Recent changes to Australia’s foreign investment and acquisition regime have led to an increase in the regularity and scope of conditions imposed by the Treasurer on approvals granted to foreign entities investing in Australian assets. Please see Publication below for more information.

  • Buying and Selling Real Estate in Australia (Updated)

    KEY FACTS OF REAL ESTATE ACQUISITIONS UNDER AUSTRALIAN LAW - The majority of land in Australia consists of freehold title. Registration of ownership of freehold title is recorded using the Torrens system. The Torrens system is a system of title by registration. This means that an interest will only be a legal interest if it is registered on title. Once the interest is registered, that...

  • Establishing a Business Entity in Australia (Updated)

    TYPES OF BUSINESS ENTITIES - There are a number of business structures to choose from when starting a new business venture in Australia. Investors need to determine which form of business organisation is the most appropriate for their requirements. The main types of business structures used by investors in Australia are: - companies, including branch offices of foreign companies; -...

  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Rehabilitation Proceedings in Australia (Update)

    This guide offers an overview of legal aspects of bankruptcy, insolvency, and rehabilitation in the requisite jurisdictions. It is meant as an introduction to these marketplaces and does not offer specific legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney client relationship, or its equivalent in the requisite jurisdiction.

  • Snapshot of Australia’s renewable energy market

    After many years of limited action on climate change, a change in federal government has seen Australia set a target to reduce emissions by 43% below 2005 levels by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050. In its first budget the new federal government announced close to AUD25 billion of commitments to clean energy, which has been well received as a demonstration of its commitment to fast-track the...

  • Horizon scanning – regulatory developments in Australia

    With the election outcome signalling a ‘climate mandate’ of some description, it’s likely that we will see renewed efforts to introduce enhanced climate disclosure and standardised reporting obligations to bring Australia in line with many other jurisdictions. Please see Publication below for more information.

  • An Update on Insolvency in the Australian Construction Industry

    The construction sector in Australia has long been affected by insolvency and broader liquidity issues. In the last year, construction companies accounted for 26% of businesses that entered into insolvency, and insolvencies in the construction sector more than doubled. This year, contractors have been further squeezed by inflation, supply chain issues and labour market shortages. As the federal...

  • Greater Penalties for Competition Breaches & Unfair Terms, Responsiveness to Super Complaints: The Labor Government's Approach to Competition & Consumer Laws

    As the new Parliament prepares to sit, it is useful to consider the new Labor Government’s key focus areas for competition policy. These changes are intended to further strengthen consumer and small business rights and deter competition law breaches. Labor’s appointment of an economics professor, Dr Andrew Leigh, to Assistant Treasurer (with responsibilities for competition policy) signals its

  • Greenwashing, Digital Advertising & Platform Issues, Financial Services & Consumer Guarantees: What the ACCC's 2022/23 Priorities Mean for Your Business

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has just published its compliance and enforcement priorities for FY 2022/23. For the first time, the ACCC has aligned its annual priorities to the financial year. It promises to be a significant year with the ACCC's leadership changing, with the baton soon to be passed from the outgoing Chair, Rod Sims (who has been at the ACCC's helm for...

  • Vaccine Requirements – Australia

    Australia has a high uptake of vaccination to COVID-19, partly due to enforceable public health orders at State level which require classes of workers to be vaccinated if they are to work outside of their home. As at the date of writing, the position is summarised below. Commonwealth - The Federal Government has not mandated vaccination but has endorsed state mandates for vaccination...

  • Foreign Investment in Australia: what you need to know

    What you need to know Under Australia’s foreign investment regime, certain types of investments by foreign private investors or foreign government investors need to be notified to, and reviewed and a statement of no objection is issued by the Australian Treasurer (“Treasurer”). This process is referred to as “obtaining FIRB approval”. The Foreign Investment Review Board (“FIRB”) reviews foreign...

  • Australia's Pathway to a Hydrogen Energy Future: Hydrogen Projects Update 2022

    There has been significant progress in the Commonwealth and State Governments’ plans to develop a hydrogen industry in Australia since our original Australian Hydrogen Projects Paper that was published in 2020. Alongside and in collaboration with domestic and foreign developers, investors and energy buyers, the Commonwealth and State Governments have continued to support the development of...

  • Changes to the Franchising Code Now Apply

    On 1 June 2021, the Australian Government released amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct and a number of these have already begun to apply. A summary of when various key changes take effect is set out below.

  • A Novel Duty of Care? Recent Developments in Australian and International Climate Change Law

    In the past month, a number of landmark developments have occurred in climate change law in Australia and overseas, which have the potential to materially impact emissions intensive corporations and projects. These reflect the ongoing willingness of courts to intervene and regulate carbon dioxide emissions based on actions founded in tort and negligence.

  • Australian Financial Services Regulatory Update - May 2021

    This edition of the Update covers: 1. Recent legal and regulatory developments, including the release of ASIC's immunity policy for market misconduct offences, a FATF consultation on proliferation of financial risk and digital currency, and ASIC and APRA's focus on the management of cyber risk and climate risk; 2. A recent decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia upholding

  • ASIC signals its approach on new breach reporting obligations

    New breach reporting obligations for Australian financial services and credit licensees come into effect on 1 October 2021. This post considers ASIC’s draft guidance on some of the key features of these reporting obligations.

  • Duty of care to consider climate change impacts on children: The Sharma case

    The Federal Court of Australia has found that the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment has a duty of care to children when deciding whether to approve a project under the EPBC Act that would facilitate carbon emissions.

  • Après Ski: Two Rules for NSW Environmental Prosecutions after the Charlotte Pass Snow Resort Case

    Just days from the NSW ski season opening, the NSW Land and Environment Court (Court) has delivered its second decision in relation to the ongoing prosecution of Charlotte Pass Snow Resort Pty Ltd (Ski Resort) by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

  • "Last Refuge of the Desperate"—Western Australia Supreme Court Rebuts Procedural Fairness Challenge to Arbitrator's Award

    The Situation: In line with other UNCITRAL Model Law jurisdictions, in Australia, the grounds on which to challenge the outcome of a commercial arbitration are narrowly circumscribed. Having chosen to resolve their disputes via binding and final arbitration, parties will not be readily afforded a second chance to re-agitate their claims before national courts. The Development: A recent...

  • Victorian Budget 2021-22: Tax measures

    Key points - The Victorian government has released its Budget for 2021-22, which includes proposed increases in the rates of stamp duty, land tax and payroll tax as well as the proposed introduction of certain temporary exemptions and concessions and a new tax on windfall gains from land rezonings.

  • Halifax Update: "Unique" Joint Sitting of Trans-Tasman Courts

    A joint hearing between the Federal Court of Australia (FCA) and the High Court of NZ (NZHC) has broken new ground. In proceedings brought by the liquidators of Halifax Investment Services Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) (Halifax Australia) and Halifax New Zealand Limited (In Liquidation) (Halifax NZ), in the FCA and the NZHC respectively, the Courts delivered on 19 May 2021, contemporaneous judgments...

  • Introduction of a Patent Box

    As announced in the Federal Budget 2021-22, the Government will encourage innovation in Australian medical and biotech technologies by introducing a "patent box" system. From 1 July 2022, the patent box will tax income derived from Australian medical and biotech patents at a 17% effective concessional corporate tax rate (as opposed to the current corporate tax rate of 30% for large businesses...

  • Clarification of social media laws #notanad

    Recently, Ad Standards Australia (Ad Standards) found two social media influencers breached the Australian Association of National Advertisers Code of Ethics (the Code) in relation to their obligations to disclose paid promotions on social media platforms.

  • Key tax measures from the Federal Budget 2021-2022

    Australia's Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has handed down a Budget aimed at economic recovery as Australia emerges from a pandemic and brief recession.

  • Australia Obtains First "Misuse of Market Power" Settlement Under Amended Competition Law

    Australia's competition authority settles allegations that port operator misused its market power. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") secured a declaration in its first action under Section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act ("CCA"), amended in 2017, that prohibits "misuse of market power". The 2017 amendment prohibits a company with market power from pursuing...

  • Are you ready for the onslaught of regulatory change? - Regulation Timetable Overview

    Not to scare you, but 2021, and October 2021 in particular, is bringing with it an onslaught of regulatory change to financial institutions in Australia. From changes to AML/CTF, strengthened breach reporting for AFSL holders and new breach reporting obligations for ACL holders, to new initiatives such as the Design and Distribution Obligations (plus much more) it has never been more...

  • Peak indebtedness rule gone but fairness not forgotten

    The Full Court of the Federal Court held on May 10, 2021 that Liquidators were not entitled to apply the so called “peak indebtedness rule” for the purpose of determining whether there was an unfair preference under Section 588FA(1) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

  • .AU Domain Names Must Have A Presence In Australia

    Foreign entities looking to register Australian domain names need to be aware that the eligibility requirements have changed and the threshold is now much higher. If a foreign entity is relying on a registered Australia trademark to meet the Australia presence requirement, they must ensure that their domain is an exact match to that trademark.

  • Hydrogen Alert - Updates to Hydrogen Policy and Funding in Australia

    There have been a number of policy and funding developments applicable to the hydrogen energy industry in Australia since the release of K&L Gates' The H2 Handbook in October last year. These developments have come at both commonwealth and state level and highlight the current governmental appetite to foster the emerging Australian hydrogen industry and to position Australia as a global hydrogen...

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