Buying or Selling Property
in Queensland

Buying or selling property is often one of the biggest decisions that most people will make during their lifetime as it often involves large sums of money.  The process of transferring ownership of property from the seller to the buyer is called conveyancing. Understa…
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Elderly couple preparing a testamentary trust Will

Why use a Testamentary

Under a standard Will, the Will-maker generally leaves their estate directly to individuals, that is, usually their spouse (if their spouse survives them) and then ultimately to their children.  However, if after the Will-maker’s estate is administered and…
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How Do I Compare
Retirement Villages

In 2017, the Queensland Parliament passed legislation which amended the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (Qld) (“the Act”). The amendments to the Act will take effect from 1 February 2019. Changes to Documentation Operators will no longer issue Public Inf…
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Commercial building

Energy Efficient Buildings

The Commercial Building Disclosure Program The Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program requires that the energy efficiency information of certain commercial office spaces be provided to prospective tenants or buyers prior to the relevant building being so…
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Building Legislation
Amendment: Cladding

In response to the fatal fire at the Grenfell Tower in London, the Queensland Government carried out an investigation of the extent to which non-conforming combustible cladding was being used in Queensland buildings. Following this investigation, the Building and…
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Vegetation Management Laws

Clearing Your Property of Weeds (aka “Native Vegetation”) Changes to Vegetation Management Laws   The Palaszczuk Labor Government has introduced a suite of changes to Queensland’s vegetation management laws, making it more difficult to obtai…
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GST Withholding Regime

Buying or Selling Your House? You may be affected by the new GST Withholding Regime.   If you are planning to buy or sell residential property after 1 July 2018 then you should be aware of some recent changes to the way in which the Australian Taxation Office collect…
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Data Breaches
– what are your obligations?

Recent changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) have imposed strict obligations when personal information is lost or released.  “Personal information” includes client personal details, bank accounts, licence details, medical records and taxation doc…
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Succession Planning
for Farming Families

Farm Management Grants Scheme The Queensland Government has introduced the Farm Management Grants Scheme to assist eligible primary producers and their family members to manage the costs of succession planning. Under the Farm Management Grants Scheme, a primar…
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Labour Hire Licensing
Regulation 2018

The Labour Hire Licensing Regulation 2018 (Qld) (“the Regulations”) was released on Friday, 6 April 2018 to support the recently implemented Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (Qld) (“the Act”). Summary of the Act The Act introduces a licensing system for labour hire pr…
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