ASIC Crackdown on Directors Engaged in Illegal Phoenixing

New legislative amendments aim to further prevent illegal Phoenixing by ensuring directors adhere to their obligations to the companies that they head. Illegal Phoenixing, which costs the Australian economy between $2.85 billion - $5.13 billion per annum, is the act...

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WHS Insurance Liability Shake-Up

New changes to the Work, Health and Safety Act will now impose a heavier burden on corporate directors as WHS penalties can no longer be covered by an insurance policy. The amendments to the Act now prevent companies and their directors from using their insurance for...

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Fair Work Changes to Enterprise Bargaining

The COVID-19 pandemic created various challenges for Australian workplaces in 2020. The Federal Government has introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (‘the Bill’) to address some of the challenges in 2021....

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Bankruptcy Threshold Permanently Increased From January 2021

As of 1 January 2021, the bankruptcy threshold has been permanently lifted to $10,000. This follows the decision made by the Federal Government in March 2020 to temporarily raise the pre-pandemic rate from $5,000 to $20,000 in order to prevent those hit hardest by the...

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2030 Vision for the Wool Industry

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) have recently released a 10-year plan for Australian Woolgrowers, titled ‘Wool 2030 – Australian Wool: the world’s premium sustainable fibre.’ The report is a product of extensive collaboration across the industry. Over 800 woolgrowers...

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Proposed Fair Work Act Reforms for Casual Employees

The Federal Government have introduced a Bill to amend various aspects of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (‘the Act’), including the classification and treatment of casual employees. The Bill proposes a statutory definition for ‘casual employees’ focusing on the offer...

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Results of the ACCC Perishable Goods Inquiry Announced

In December the ACCC released the Perishable Agricultural Goods Inquiry Report (‘the Report’). The Report presents the findings of a three-month investigation into the markets for supply of meat, eggs, seafood, dairy and horticultural products. The inquiry focused on...

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