Challenging A Will – What I need to know?

Challenging a Will of a deceased Estate begins with identifying your relationship to the deceased. If you are the deceased’s spouse, de facto, child (including stepchild) or dependent, then you may be entitled to challenge the Will. By law, making a family provision application against a deceased Estate can include the deceased’s: Spouse (including de … Read more

Budget 2020-21: Potential Changes to Australian Partner Visas

The release of the 2020-21 Federal Budget detailed significant changes to the ability of migrants to apply for and be granted Australian partner visas. Foremost amongst the changes are requirements associated with the family sponsorship framework following the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth). This article details the substantive changes made … Read more

BUDGET UPDATE: Home deposits as low as 2%? The proposed measure to support single mothers and parents

At present, the Australian housing market presents a major challenge for the Federal Government. There is a significantly high demand for acquiring housing and property, whilst very little supply is available. This is especially problematic for disadvantaged members of society, such as single parents (especially mothers) with children – balancing supporting a household by themselves, … Read more

BUDGET UPDATE: The 2021-22 Federal Budget – What it promises for the domestic and family violence sector and what to expect

On 11 May 2021, The Hon. Joshua Frydenberg (Federal Treasurer) delivered the 2021-22 Federal Budget. This Budget emphasized a significant focus on women’s safety and health, especially as it relates to domestic violence. This article addresses the expenditure for domestic and family violence victims. According to the Australian Government Institute of Health and Welfare, women … Read more

The Implementation and Expansion of Statutory Payments Trusts (Project Bank Accounts) in Queensland’s Construction Industry

The construction industry in Australia is renowned for its high business insolvency. Payment default is both a major cause and effect of this insolvency.[1] Reports and recommendations have touched on these issues over the years. The recommendations to come out of these reports have often been for the establishment of a statutory payments trusts scheme. … Read more

Life after Lockdown: Queensland Rental Rules to be Reinstated

At the height of coronavirus in 2020, the Queensland Government introduced the COVID-19 Emergency Response Regulation 2020 (Qld) – the goal to effect temporary changes to the operation of the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act[1]in order to provide greater residential and financial security to vulnerable tenants in a pandemic-stricken world. However, with society slowly … Read more

Memorandum on information privacy law

Information Privacy Law as a Current and Evolving Issue  Due to Facebook-Cambridge Analytica, Lloyd v Google LLC, and COVID-19-related contact tracing regimes imposed around the world giving rise to widespread collections and exchanges of data and personal information, the concerns around the role and operation of privacy law has been on an upslope.[1]   Organisations such as schools, businesses, restaurants, cafes, churches and their related entities must pay attention to how privacy … Read more