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The Domestic Violence – Victims Protection Bill – what's the fuss?

Monday, 20 August 2018

Author: S-J Davies

It has been calculated that 110,000 incidents last year would have qualified under the domestic violence document heads covered under the Domestic Violence – Victims Protection Bill. This is probably a conservative estimate due to under-reporting. The explanatory note to the Domestic Violence – Victims Protection Bill says it aims is to support victims to stay in paid employment, provide protection from discrimination in the workplace, and enable victims to maintain domestic and economic stability to assist them to find a pathway out of violence. The Opposition has raised concerns about its impact, particularly on small businesses and say it is not a cure-all. What will be the implications for the workplace? Read more

Gifting and residential care subsidies

Monday, 6 August 2018

Author: Jillene Peters

From 1 October 2011 a change in The Tax Administration Act saw the abolition of gift duty. While this means that you can now transfer property freely without incurring gift duty, you do need to be aware of the implications of making large gifts, because the law relating to eligibility for residential care subsidies under the Social Security Act has not changed. Read more

Land covenants - check before you purchase a property

Monday, 2 July 2018

Author: Annette Edwards

Before you purchase a property, it is important to check the title to the property to see if there are any land covenants registered. The land covenants may contain restrictions, for example, on what you can build on the property and how you may use the property. Read more