NSW Government Draws Up 6 Pillar Plan – Is this A Concrete Solution?

NSW Update: Legislative Reforms In a Nutshell Ahead of the upcoming Building Ministers Forum to take place in February 2020, the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation the Hon. Kevin Anderson issued a press release on 21 January 2020 outlining six different reform workstreams that the government proposes to implement – titled “Pillars of Reform”. The Minister proposes presenting the proposed “pillars” at the next Building Ministers Forum in February 2020. Key reforms being proposed to shake up the industry include: Introduction of a ratings system to rank the track record of industry participants – builders, developers, certifiers across a range of criteria. Providing the NSW Building Commissioner with a large stick to wield against dodgy operators by stopping building works and removing an occupation certificate for problematic projects. The New Workstream Pillars The “pillar” concept referred to in Minister Anderson’s press release involve the formulation of work streams that will be actioned by working groups the government will populate with participants from different areas of the construction industry.  It is envisioned that the separate workstreams will work…

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Security of Payment Act – Return of the Magic Words & 8 Other Key Amendments

https://player.vimeo.com/video/385135130 NSW Update: Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 Like all good things, change has come to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (“the Act”), with effect to building contracts entered into from 21 October 2019.  The amendment comes on the back of the Jim Murray AM report into subcontractor payment disputes. While the words of Don Draper, the colourful fictional advertising executive with an enlarged liver who appeared in the award winning TV serial Mad Men, could be paraphrased as change to the Act is neither bad nor good, it simply is – he didn’t ever have to deal with construction payment disputes and the amendments to the Act are largely an improvement in a number of respects. This is not a review of all amendments many of which are by way of clarification only and we discuss in this update some of the key changes, being: A return to the requirement that payment claims identify that they are made under the Act – containing the ‘magic words’ – this is…

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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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