Corrs In Brief

Corrs In Brief offers the latest updates on legal issues and developments, focusing on their impact to your business and industry.

Arbitration: Can it assist in the development of the common law – An Australian point of view

17 October 2016

‘Foreign persons’ will soon be required to notify the ATO of their interests in registrable water entitlements and contractual water rights, under a new bill to amend the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Act 2015 (Cth).

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Mental Illness and Workplace Disciplinary Law: The 6 Golden Rules

13 October 2016

How does a business ensure it is legally compliant when dealing with a worker who suffers (or may suffer) from mental illness? And most importantly, how can it ensure that it does not cause harm to anyone when applying disciplinary processes?

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Environmental liability for lenders: the law in flux

11 October 2016

The Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Act 2016 (Qld) puts lenders at risk of being in the firing line of the Queensland DEHP for environmental harm caused by their borrowers in Queensland.

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FWC: Enterprise bargaining requires employers to “enter into the theatre of the absurd”

29 September 2016

The Fair Work Commission’s recent Full Bench majority decision in Uniline Australia Limited [2016] has yet again made it clear that they will adopt a strict approach to technical deficiencies when employers issue an NEER.

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Drone Use in Australia: What are the Privacy and Copyright Issues?

29 September 2016

The complex regulatory regime surrounding the use of drones in Australia can give rise to significant challenges, particularly for companies wishing to integrate drones into their day-to-day activities.

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When is a water treatment plant part of coal seam gas ‘prospecting’?

22 September 2016

A recent decision by Justice Moore in People for the Plains v Santos [2016] has provided some clarity around the types of activities that fall under the definition of ‘prospecting’ and can therefore be carried out without development consent.

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Can an enforcement notice be challenged during a prosecution?

21 September 2016

Two recent decisions by the District Court and the Court of Appeal have helped to clarify whether a recipient of an enforcement notice has the right to challenge the validity of that notice at trial in Queensland.

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Clearer skies for drone regulation in Australia

19 September 2016

In response to growing interest in the commercial use of drones or remotely piloted aircrafts in a range of industries in Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority has developed new regulations that will take effect from 29 September 2016.

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High Court Invalidates Federal Law Exempting Offshore Resource Activities from Visa Requirements

12 September 2016

Following the High Court’s decision in Maritime Union of Australia v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016], employers in the offshore oil and gas sector will now have to ensure foreign workers have valid visas.

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Government releases exposure draft amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)

9 September 2016

Federal Government moves a step closer to implementing the Harper Review recommendations in competition law.

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