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AFAD – ADDITIONAL FOREIGN AQUIRERS DUTY – WHAT THIS MEANS FOR NEW ZEALANDERS PURCHASING PROPERTY IN AUSTRALIA

AFAD – ADDITIONAL FOREIGN AQUIRERS DUTY – WHAT THIS MEANS FOR NEW ZEALANDERS PURCHASING PROPERTY IN AUSTRALIA Fri, 8 Sep 17
Since the 1st October 2016 residential conveyancing transactions for which the liability for transfer duty (stamp duty) has arisen, and where the subject property is classed as ‘Additional foreign acquirer duty’ (‘AFAD’) residential land’, then if the purchaser falls within the meaning prescribed in the Duties Act 2001 as a ‘foreign acquirer’, then it is important to be aware that AFAD may also be applicable.

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AUSTRALIA CONSUMER LAW – WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

AUSTRALIA CONSUMER LAW – WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Fri, 8 Sep 17
For businesses selling products/services to consumers and consumers purchasing goods or services, it is important to be aware of the Australian Consumer Law, and the rights and options available to consumers under the prescribed Consumer Guarantees. While the scope of the Australian Consumer Law is wide, and inherently complex, there are a number of basic ‘Consumer guarantees’ which are available for Australian consumers who obtain goods and/or services from Australian suppliers, importers or manufacturers, and there have been attempts to summarise them into layman’s terms to assist consumers and business owners with understanding their rights and obligations. However, even the basic versions can become quite confusing, and of course each particular circumstance will need to be considered on its own facts to determine what, if any, consumer guarantees are available in any particular case.

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WHY YOU NEED AN EXPERIENCED LAW FIRM TO DO YOUR CONVEYANCING

WHY YOU NEED AN EXPERIENCED LAW FIRM TO DO YOUR CONVEYANCING Fri, 8 Sep 17
Following on from a recent article we published regarding cheap ‘will kits’, we often find that clients are also compromising one of the largest purchases they will make in their lifetime, being the purchase of their first home or real estate, all for the sake of saving a small amount of money. We find that many people try to ‘do it themselves’ to save money and before long they are floundering and need urgent assistance from a law firm, where unfortunately, they have already compromised their position by acting for themselves and have unwittingly breached the contract. Breaches of contract can result in significant financial loss and is not a matter to be taken lightly. Conveyancing in Queensland is inherently complex and there are over twenty pieces of legislation which affect conveyancing transactions, including Federal and State legislation, as well as specific contract conditions, an extensive amount of case law and practice guidelines.

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MINIMUM WAGE RISE IN AUSTRALIA AFTER ANNUAL WAGE REVIEW

MINIMUM WAGE RISE IN AUSTRALIA AFTER ANNUAL WAGE REVIEW Mon, 14 Aug 17
On 6 June 2017, the Fair Work Commission (‘the Commission’) handed down its decision in relation to the annual wage review., As a result, from 1 July 2017, the minimum annual wage in Australia has risen from $672.70 p/w ($17.70 p/h) to $694.90 p/w ($18.29 p/h). Modern award minimum rates of pay will also increase with the change and accordingly, it is important that all employers are aware of their obligations to employees to ensure that they are not in breach of the relevant award or a staff member’s contract of employment. It is also important that staff are aware of the change to ensure they are receiving the correct rate of pay.

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LICENCED VENUES NOW REQUIRING ID SCANNING

LICENCED VENUES NOW REQUIRING ID SCANNING Mon, 14 Aug 17
Following on from the implementation of the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Act 2016 and to last year’s article regarding the change to trading hours (http://www.affinitylawyers.com.au/blog-view/reducing-alcohol-fuelled-violence-will-this-179), a new piece of legislation named the Liquor and Other Legislation Act 2017 was introduced in March 2017 and as a result, all premises that fall within the definition of a ‘regulated premises’ must operate an approved ID scanner which is linked to an approved ID scanning system to record all patrons entering their premises from 10.00pm onwards.

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RECENTLY SEPARATED OR CONSIDERING SEPARATING? WILL YOU BE REQUIRED TO GO TO COURT?

RECENTLY SEPARATED OR CONSIDERING SEPARATING? WILL YOU BE REQUIRED TO GO TO COURT? Mon, 14 Aug 17
One of the most common myths when it comes to separation is that “all family disputes go to the Court”. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth as a vast majority of cases are resolved without the need of going to Court, and of those matters that do end up in the Court room, only 4% proceed to a final hearing (a trial). Here at Affinity Family Lawyers, we pride ourselves on providing cost effective legal services, and encourage our clients to resolve matters amicably through alternative dispute resolution options, such as negotiation and mediation.

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