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Changes to Sunset Clauses in Off-the-Plan Contracts Changes to Sunset Clauses in Off-the-Plan Contracts

Published on 14 November 2018: New laws have recently changed the way sunset clauses in residential off-the-plan contracts operate. With these changes, protections for purchasers are strengthened and developers' rights to invoke sunset clauses have been curtailed.

WorkCover, TAC and Centrelink WorkCover, TAC and Centrelink

Published on 09 November 2018: By the time many injured people receive a lump sum settlement in a TAC or WorkCover claim, weekly payments have been terminated. What happens when you receive a lump sum and you are also in receipt of Centrelink?

Can My Health Records system protect domestic violence survivors and the vulnerable? Can My Health Records system protect domestic violence survivors and the vulnerable?

Published on 07 November 2018: Every Australian will soon have an online health record unless they choose to opt out of the service. Accompanying this are significant information security issues as well as potential safety concerns for victims of domestic violence.

Are cyclists covered for Are cyclists covered for "dooring" and swerving injuries?

Published on 01 November 2018: Cyclists injured as a result of a transport accident are covered under the TAC scheme, but the law surrounding the entitlement of cyclists in transport accidents has been problematic over the years.

Is Glyphosate the new asbestos? Is Glyphosate the new asbestos?

Published on 26 October 2018: Warrnambool City Council recently decided to suspend the use of Roundup pending an investigation into its safety, and the Cancer Council of Australia has called for an independent review into the risks posed by the use of Glyphosate.

New fatigue detecting technology may prevent injuries and deaths on the roads New fatigue detecting technology may prevent injuries and deaths on the roads

Published on 23 October 2018: VicRoads and Monash University are running a new research trial that aims to use hi-tech camera devices that scan people’s eyes to gauge their level of fatigue and determine whether they might be too fatigued to drive.

Apology needs to be backed by action Apology needs to be backed by action

Published on 22 October 2018: Today, Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, apologised on behalf of the government for decades of sexual abuse perpetrated against children by those who were charged with their care in institutions.

WorkCover weekly payments of compensation WorkCover weekly payments of compensation

Published on 15 October 2018: When a worker is unable to work due to a work injury, the first issue to get right is the amount they should be paid while off work. This is calculated by reference to their pre-injury average weekly earnings (PIAWE).

Airbnb and rental properties – what happens when someone gets injured? Airbnb and rental properties – what happens when someone gets injured?

Published on 11 October 2018: Airbnb has exploded in popularity in Australia, bringing benefits for property owners and people looking for a place to stay. This blog looks at what happens if someone gets injured on an Airbnb property and more broadly, a rental property.

Casual workers win right to permanent jobs Casual workers win right to permanent jobs

Published on 10 October 2018: A Fair Work Commission ruling that took effect on 1 October 2018 entitles some casual workers to the right to request a change to their position.

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The authors of this blog are lawyers or consultants employed by Stringer Clark and the RCT Group of companies, which includes staff who work within Ryan Carlisle Thomas and Stringer Clark.

From time to time, we may also invite guest bloggers to contribute, in which case this will be made clear. Authors who are part of the RCT Group are qualified to practice law in Victoria, Australia. Any advice applies to Victorian State law as at the date of first publication. The information is a general guide only and is not a substitute for legal advice applicable to a user's own circumstances.

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