BREAKING NEWS: SIGNIFICANT BUILDING INDUSTRY CHANGES TO COME AS NSW PARLIAMENT RELEASES FINAL REPORT

NSW Parliament releases “Regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes” final report. The final report of the Public Accountability Committee, “Regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes” was tabled by NSW Parliament on 30 April 2020. The report and its 22 significant recommendations are being considered by the government which must provide a response within six months. The 22 recommendations from the lengthy report are as follows: Recommendation 1 That the NSW Government introduce and debate the powers bill granting the NSW Building Commissioner new powers to ensure building standards as a matter of urgency when the NSW Parliament is reconvened in May 2020, with prompt circulation of the proposed bill to members of Parliament. Recommendation 2 That the NSW Government resume debate on the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 as a matter of urgency when the NSW Parliament is reconvened in May 2020. Recommendation 3 That the NSW Government empower the NSW Building Commissioner to oversee all licencing inspections, within the newly created Building Commission. Further, that the Building Commission hire additional,…

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Madison Marcus response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Madison Marcus has taken several precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our staff and clients throughout the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. Like all community conscious businesses, our Directors, Partners and Management have been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving crisis and advice and directions from State and Federal Health authorities. The health and wellbeing of our staff and clients is our top priority and our Board has taken the decision that after careful planning and testing, all staff in our Sydney and Parramatta offices will be working remotely from Wednesday, 18 March 2020 as a precautionary measure until further notice.  Our Melbourne office will be operating as usual at this stage, however, all client meetings will be by way of video or teleconferencing.  As a firm with digital innovation and with client care at the forefront, MM has undertaken testing that ensures we are fully prepared for our teams to work remotely and are able to provide our clients with the same levels of service that they have come to expect from us throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our…

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SUBCLASS 155 AND 157 RESIDENT RETURN VISA

Australian citizens are the only people who have an automatic right of entry into Australia. Any holder of an Australian permanent visa has the right to remain in Australia indefinitely, but must ensure that they have the authority to return as the travel validity is usually 5 years from the date that permanent residence is granted. The Resident Return visa (subclass 155) is a permanent visa for a current or former Australian permanent resident and former Australian citizen. This particular visa will allow applicants to maintain or regain their status as an Australian permanent resident. The Visa Application Process follows 4 steps, which include: Application Checklist The application checklist details the information and supporting documents that the applicant must provide with their application. The team at Madison Marcus would be happy to arrange consultation with you to peruse the relevant documents required and provide you with guidance throughout the process.  Application information In this step, Madison Marcus can provide applicants with the relevant information in regards to potential issues or obstacles that may affect the Resident Return visa…

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Australian Citizenship

To be an Australian citizen is an esteemed privilege. It unites us all as culturally diverse Australians with a common bond. Being an Australian citizen provides you with the stability and travel freedom which many and most visas cannot. It is the best option to take if you meet the residency requirements and want full access to the benefits which come with being a citizen of this peaceful, stable and prosperous nation. The advantages that come with an Australian citizenship are many. Some of these advantages include being able to vote and contribute towards shaping the country’s future, apply for government jobs, defer university fees for young adults, allows you to re-enter Australia at your own discretion, and be entitled to an Australian passport allowing you to travel to other countries. There are 10 steps to becoming an Australian citizen. These are as follows: 1. Being eligible To become eligible to apply for citizenship, you must be a migrant who is a permanent resident, satisfy the residence requirement, be likely to reside, or continue to reside, in Australia…

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Family violence and your partner visa

Family violence is not accepted in Australia under any circumstances. If you are in Australia and have applied as a partner for certain permanent residence visas, you (and any member of your family unit included in your application) do not have to stay in an abusive relationship just to secure permanent residency. Your safety is paramount, and it is important to be aware of your rights around this area. Our office will outline the relevant provisions of the Migration Act 1958 (‘the Act’) and the Migration Regulations 1994 (‘the Regulations’) which may be specific to your circumstances. What permanent residence visas are covered? If you hold a temporary Partner visa (subclass 309 or 820) or a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) and experience family violence, and your relationship has ended, there are provisions in Australia’s migration laws to allow you to continue with your permanent Partner visa (subclass 100 or 801) application. What constitutes family violence? A common misconception is that family violence only includes physical violence. In reality, the definition of family violence is far broader. It…

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