Big news for struggling small businesses

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Last week, the Federal Government announced proposed changes to corporate insolvency laws designed to help boost the survival rate of small businesses. The proposed changes would take effect from 1 January 2021 and aim to reduce the complexity, time, and costs involved for small businesses dealing with financial distress. This reform is in response to […]

Visa updates: Victoria and NSW

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VICTORIA Victoria’s 2020-21 Business and Investor Visa nomination program (subclass 188 and 132) opened on 8 September 2020. To help the state’s economic recovery and health response to the pandemic, the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs has provided the Victorian Government with a short-term allocation of visa nomination places for the Business Innovation and Investment […]

Immigration Update: Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List and Enhanced Labour Market Testing

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On 2 September 2020 the Australian Government announced two key changes to Australia’s immigration laws ­– a new priority skills list has been introduced and labour market testing requirements have been strengthened for employer-sponsored visas. These changes are designed to address critical skills shortages and ensure employers first attempt to recruit qualified and experienced Australian […]

Building Industry Update: New Practice Standard for Registered Certifiers

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The NSW Government has released a new practice standard for registered certifiers. The standard has been developed as part of the building regulation reforms spearheaded by the NSW Building Commissioner, David Chandler OAM, and is focussed on certifiers of residential apartment buildings. The standard is intended to achieve the following: Provide a clear, accessible and […]

NSW Building Reforms

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Recently, there have been two new acts introduced in NSW that will have a considerable impact on the building and construction industry. Collectively known as ‘the Reforms’, these acts are: The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (the DBP). The Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (the RAB). The objective of the […]