$100,000 Message to underpaying employers

Currently, the most nominated industry for 457 (Temporary work (Skilled)) visa-holders is cafes and restaurants. It is unsurprising that underpaying allegations have surfaced all over recently, putting restaurant owners engaging in this practice on notice. From July 2015 to June … Continue reading

Is your real estate agent claiming commission illegally?

Real estate agents can only claim commission if the vendor has signed a sale authority which complies with the Estate Agents Act 1980 (‘the Act’). Recently, the Victorian Court of Appeal[1] decided that real estate agents could not rely on … Continue reading

Court orders vaccination of children against parents’ wishes

The Supreme Court of Victoria has recently affirmed the decision of a Children’s Court Magistrate to authorise the vaccination of young children while they are in the temporary care of the Department of Health and Human Services under an Interim … Continue reading

Recovering Your Child

With the long summer holidays drawing close to an end, disputes surrounding parents’ refusal to return children often appear to escalate at this time. Examples of two common scenarios: Scenario A: Where you and your ex-partner do not have finalised … Continue reading

Australia Day

Australia Day, 26 January is the day that the nation celebrates all things Australian – the land, lifestyle, freedoms we enjoy, the diversity of the people and their achievements. It is also a time to reflect on the history of … Continue reading

Employers – Tips for hosting your Christmas function

The annual Christmas function is often the biggest event on the work social calendar. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements for the year and to socialise with colleagues in a relaxed environment. However, the combination of a … Continue reading

Can your employer comment on your appearance?

Recently, an employee made an application to the Fair Work Commission to order his employer to stop bullying him, after his supervisor had asked him what happened to his face.[1] Although the Fair Work Commission found that raising the issue … Continue reading

Rental reforms: good news for animal loving tenants

The Victorian Government has announced a new package of residential tenancy reforms. As one in four Victorians rent, this initiative aims to make renting fairer and give tenants more rights. The reforms are expected to be introduced to Parliament in … Continue reading


On October 1 2017, the Attorney General George Brandis Q.C. announced a range of initiatives to better protect the rights of older Australians. These initiatives are part of the Government’s $15 million election commitment to lead a national agenda to … Continue reading

High penalties for underpaying workers

Amendments to the Fair Work Act have been introduced to protect vulnerable workers. These new laws seek to address the exploitation of workers who are deliberately and systematically underpaid. These changes have been welcomed as a response to the highly … Continue reading