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NDIS fraud – investigations and penalties

NDIS fraud – investigations and penalties

The NDIS Commission uses a range of compliance and enforcement tools to prevent and address breaches of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013, including NDIS fraud and other non-compliance activities.
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Protected and unprotected industrial action

Protected and unprotected industrial action

The law around industrial action is complex, and it’s important for everyone involved in such disputes - employees, unions and employers – to understand what constitutes industrial action, and what they can and cannot lawfully do in undertaking such action in the course of a bargaining dispute.
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Weapons licensing show cause requests

Weapons licensing show cause requests

When further information is required to adequately determine a weapon’s licence application, it is ordinarily sought in the form of a show cause notice which is emailed to the applicant and identifies the further information requested by the authorised officer.
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Work health and safety (WHS) due diligence duty of company officers in Queensland

Work health and safety (WHS) due diligence duty of company officers in Queensland

Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld), a company officer has a duty to exercise due diligence to ensure the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) complies with its health and safety duties.
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Worker’s general protections claim fails in the Federal Court

Worker’s general protections claim fails in the Federal Court

A Federal Court employment law decision in 2024 emphasises what is required when establishing that the making of a complaint constitutes the exercise of a workplace right for the purposes of a general protections claim under the Fair Work Act.
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Assault occasioning bodily harm explained

Assault occasioning bodily harm explained

Assault occasioning bodily harm is a very common offence of violence, and falls within the broad category of assault offences. It is a more serious offence than common assault, but less serious than grievous bodily harm.
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Update on stop bullying orders – FedEx workers fail in Fair Work Commission

Update on stop bullying orders – FedEx workers fail in Fair Work Commission

In 2023, a number of workers engaged by FedEx Australia made an application to the Fair Work Commission for a “stop bullying order” against FedEx and one of its managers. The application was ultimately denied by the Fair Work Commission.
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Employee suspension – when can it be done?

Employee suspension – when can it be done?

Often, employers feel the need to remove an employee from the workplace. In these situations, proper processes for employee suspension must be followed to avoid allegations of breach of the employment contract and/or applications for general protection orders.
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Australia’s reformed foreign bribery laws to commence September 2024

Australia’s reformed foreign bribery laws to commence September 2024

On 29 February 2024, in line with Australia’s commitment as a member of the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transitions, the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Foreign Bribery) Bill 2024 passed both houses of Parliament. The changes will commence in September 2024.
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Unlicensed driving in Queensland

Unlicensed driving in Queensland

To drive a motor vehicle on a road in Queensland, a driver must hold a valid licence. If a driver is intercepted by police and does not hold a valid driver licence, they could be charged with an offence of driving unlicensed.
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Your rights when police come to your home

Your rights when police come to your home

An unexpected visit from the police, asking questions or saying they have a search warrant to go through your house, is a very confronting event. If you find yourself in this position, it is important you are aware of the extent of police powers, and your rights in responding to them.
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A guide to applying for parole in Queensland

A guide to applying for parole in Queensland

When a defendant is sentenced to a term of imprisonment, they will typically be released at some time during their jail sentence on parole. This article looks at the process of applying for parole and how the Parole Board determines that application.
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