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The New Guardianship and Administration Act 2019

March 23, 2020

On 1 March 2020 the new Guardianship and Administration Act (“the Act”) commenced operation. The Act represents the first major change to this area of legislation since 1986. The Act governs all matters concerning applications to the Victorian Civil and … Continue reading

COVID – 19 EDITION 1: WHAT WILL THE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES BE?

March 18, 2020

It has been almost three months since the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. To date (18 March 2020) it has infected more than 191,000 people, taken the lives of approximately 7,807 people and has now made Europe its … Continue reading

Recent High Court Judgment on deportation of Aboriginal people from Australia

March 9, 2020

In the recent cases of Love v Commonwealth of Australia and Thoms v Commonwealth of Australia, the High Court of Australia ruled that Aboriginal Australians cannot be considered “aliens” under the Australian Constitution, presenting a major hurdle to the deportation … Continue reading

Pool Registration

January 31, 2020

The Building Amendment (Swimming Pool and Spa) Regulations 2019 came into effect on 1 December 2019. The Regulations provide for mandatory registration and inspection of all pools and spas in Victoria. All pools and spas must be registered with the … Continue reading

Should employers be able to drug test employees?

November 15, 2019

Under the Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) an employer has a duty to provide and maintain a safe working environment, so far as is reasonably practicable. Drug impairment within the workplace may put other employees at risk and compromise … Continue reading

Cyber Crime

October 10, 2019

As the internet has grown over the past few decades, so has our relationship with it.  Nowadays, most Australians are using the web to do their banking, to pay bills, to buy and sell goods and services and to stay … Continue reading

Family Violence Intervention Orders

June 4, 2019

What is a family violence intervention order? A family violence intervention order is a court order that protects victims who are affected by an act of family violence. The person the intervention order will protect is called the affected family … Continue reading

Bitcoin, Hidden Investments and Family Law

May 2, 2019

Since its advent in 2009, Bitcoin has provided an alternative currency that is difficult to trace and unregulated by banks or government bodies. Cryptocurrencies provide a new challenge to family law with major concerns raised by lawyers in relation to … Continue reading

Parenthood, Sperm Donation and When Things Go Wrong

April 24, 2019

When things are going well, no one wants to think about what to do when something goes wrong. This year the High Court will hear an appeal questioning the legal parentage of a child conceived by sperm donation. The case … Continue reading

Combustible Cladding

March 18, 2019

Recent tragedies such as the Lacrosse Docklands fire and the fire at Grenfell Tower in London, the latter of which resulted in the deaths of 72 people, have brought about increased scrutiny of the risks associated with combustible cladding. The … Continue reading