Notifiable data breaches scheme

What is the new notifiable data breaches scheme? The new Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme came into effect on 22 February 2018 under the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act The NDB scheme introduced an obligation on organisations to...

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Have you registered your trade marks?

Protecting your brand Whether you are operating a new or existing business, it is prudent to have adequate brand protection. Your brand is valuable and you can protect it by registering trade marks. Your trade marks may be a word, mark,...

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The Importance of Procedural Fairness

If allegations of misconduct are made against an employee, how should they be managed? Should they be investigated first, and then discussed with the employee before any decision to dismiss is made? This matter was considered by a Full Bench of the...

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Another Bill to encourage co-existence

Introduced to the Queensland Parliament in August, the Palaszczuk Government's Mineral, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Bill) had not been passed by the time of November's election. If revived, it will change the rules that govern relationships between...

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Handgun law changes mean uncertainty for licensees

The recent adoption of the National Firearms Agreement between the Federal and State governments and a decision by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, (QCAT) have led to changes in the licensing regime for handguns. Previously, handgun licences could be held...

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Blue dots, white areas and red tape

Across Queensland, landholders have been discovering "blue dots" on the Government's vegetation mapping for their properties (available at https://www.dnrm.qld.gov.au/qld/environment/land/vegetation/vegetation-map-request-form). The blue dots are the result of regulations under the Nature Conservation Act. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) maintains...

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More paths for planning succession

More widely applicable transfer duty concessions and new succession planning grants mean there's never been a better time for primary producers to consider the succession of their family businesses. Extension of duty relief Transfer duty, which is a calculated on a sliding...

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Family loans under the microscope

A recent Queensland Court case between elderly parents and their son has shed considerable light on what must be proved in order for moneys which are transferred to a family member to be recognised as a loan, rather than a...

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