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Commercial and Business Law, Corporate Advisory March 1, 2011

Small Business: Working with Contracts

For most small businesses, contracts are part of everyday life. Whether selling goods, purchasing materials, employing staff, negotiating and signing on arrangements with customers, clients and providers, it is important to understand contracts and their implications for establishing best practice and solid business agreements. It is imperative to become familiar with the essentials of contracts, […]

Immigration Law February 1, 2011

Visa Options for Nurses

Australia has a shortage of qualified nurses.  The demand for experienced nurses is particularly acute in regional areas of Australia.  As such, an experienced registered nurse may have a number of different visa options for living and working in Australia.  There may also be other options open to nurses undertaking study prior to full qualification. […]

Family Law February 1, 2011

Grandparent rights under the Family Law Act

In 2006 a grandparents right to contact with their grandchildren was finally recognised in the Family Law Act. Before this the word “grandparent” was not mentioned in the Act in relation to any rights to maintain a relationship with their grandchildren on the breakdown of a marriage. The changes were introduced to address the common […]

Dispute Resolution February 1, 2011

Insurance Basics

Recent flooding in Queensland and other parts of Australia has highlighted the critical need for businesses to have adequate insurance coverage. Many small business owners have lost everything and will have an extremely difficult time rebuilding their operations. While assistance from the State and Commonwealth governments may help, it remains unclear if financial institutions will […]

Immigration Law January 1, 2011

Migrating under the Employer Nomination Scheme

Since 14 July 2010, the Commonwealth Government has given employer sponsored applications for general skilled migration the highest level of priority. This includes applications under the Regional Skilled Migration Scheme and the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS). The ENS enables employers to sponsor employees for permanent residence.  Only Australian businesses can take advantage of the ENS […]

Family Law January 1, 2011

Separated but united in parenting

Separation is a difficult time for any family, especially when there are children involved. There are options when deciding the issues concerning children, whether the parents are co-operating without going to court or using enforceable arrangements. The non-court option Parents who agree about the arrangements for their children have the following options available: Informal agreements […]

Commercial and Business Law January 1, 2011

Paid Parental Leave – a small scheme for small businesses?

Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme, with effect from 1 January 2011, is great for parents, but what are the effects on small business? Small facts Paid Parental Leave payments are: government funded; for eligible working parents of children born or adopted on or after 1 January 2011; transferable to the other parent; paid […]

Immigration Law December 1, 2010

Immigration – New points test

On 11 November 2010 the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced the Commonwealth Government’s intention to implement a new points test for certain General Skilled Migration visas.  The new points test will apply to applications made on or after 1 July 2011. The Commonwealth Government expects the pass mark for the new points test to […]

Commercial and Business Law, Corporate Advisory December 1, 2010

Doing Your Homework – Due Diligence

It may be surprising to learn that few people are aware of the vast array of tools and sources of information that are available to learn more about their suppliers, potential business partners and customers.  In an online world, this can easily flow both ways though and there may be more information available about your […]

Immigration Law November 1, 2010

Working in Australia – The Business Long Stay Visa

If you are interested in working in Australia on a temporary basis, one of the most common programs is the 457 business visa.  This program enables businesses to employ an overseas worker for up to four years.  The worker can bring other eligible secondary applicants with them to Australia.  Secondary applicants can also work and […]