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Sellers of Land Face GST Bill

SELLERS OF LAND FACE GST BILL Sub-divided farm land not exempt If you’ve owned farm land since before the introduction of capital gains tax, you might expect that the significant capital gain you stand to make in selling part of your property will not face a GST bill. But that may well not be the…
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Raising the Bar

RAISING THE BAR Patents and intellectual property New laws that came into force from 15 April make it tougher to successfully patent an invention. The laws are designed to more closely align the Australian system with international standards and, in the process, raise the bar for the successful patenting of inventions in Australia. In particular,…
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PRIVACY LAWS Businesses need to be prepared for new laws Organisations risk being caught out if they don’t start acting now to update policies. New privacy laws come into force on 13 March 2014. With less than a year to review their privacy policies and information systems to ensure ongoing compliance, businesses need to consider…
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Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO’s)

AVO'S Increased efficiency for apprehended violence order applications People involved in domestic and personal violence cases have new procedures to be aware of when applying for apprehended violence orders (AVOs). The procedures for applying for AVOs have been streamlined, but some common issues arise, particularly if you do not use the services of a qualified…
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