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Category: Legislative Updates

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AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURE VISA
On 23 August 2021 the Australian Government announced the establishment of the Australian Agriculture visa to build on the highly successful existing Pacific schemes. This visa responds to workforce shortages...
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Proposed Stamp Duty Overhaul
The NSW government has today announced its 2020-21 budget. A part of the budget announcement by NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet was a proposal to reform the State’s archaic stamp duty...
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COVID-19 UPDATE - CHANGES TO THE WAY CERTAIN LEGAL DOCUMENTS ARE SIGNED AND WITNESSED IN NSW
New regulations have been enacted to reduce face-to-face contact and make it easier for people to stay home and reduce physical interactions while, still completing important transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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MM COVID-19 UPDATE: CHANGES TO FIRB APPLICATIONS
Temporary changes to Australia’s Foreign Investment Framework have been enacted by the Federal Government, effective from 29 March 2020.
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PLANNING E ALERT: REFORMS TO DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTIONS AND LEVIES
Back in November, the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, highlighted four crucial areas of reform to the NSW planning system for 2020, including addressing the uncertainty of developer contributions to propel investment in the sector. The Planning and Public Spaces Minister, Rob Stokes, considers this uncertainty and lack of transparency “the number one issue I hear from industry”. Mr Stokes has now announced the appointment of Productivity Commissioner Peter Achterstraat to undertake a review of the current contributions and offer recommendations for a new system by the end of this year.
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CAN YOU HOLD FACE-TO-FACE STRATA MEETINGS DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS?
Our Strata team is constantly being asked about what types of meetings can be held during the Government restrictions brought about due to COVID-19. The Strata Regulations make allowances for electronic meetings, such as pre-meeting email votes, telephone, videoconferencing or voting website.
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COVID-19 CRISIS: CREDITOR’S STATUTORY DEMANDS – COURT DECISION POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC FOR CREDITORS.
In the current COVID-19 climate, with so many businesses facing hardship and insolvency, many businesses and individuals are looking for ways to recoup monies owed and keep their own businesses afloat despite the downturn in their debtor’s sectors
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THE COVID-19 IMPACT ON PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT IN NSW
The NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, has recently issued a number of Ministerial Orders in response to COVID-19 which effects the way planning and development will occur in NSW for the foreseeable future.
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COVID-19 UPDATE 8 APRIL: SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO NSW SMALL BUSINESSES
The NSW COVID-19 Small Business Support Grant of $10,000 will be available to eligible NSW small business owners.
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MM COVID-19 Update 6 April 2020: Coronavirus and Temporary Visa Holders
The Government is making a number of changes to temporary visa holder arrangements during the coronavirus crisis in order to protect the health and livelihoods of Australians, support critical industries, and assist with the rapid recovery post the virus.