Mental health in the workplace

AN EMPLOYER has a duty to manage risks to the mental health of its workers. It arises under both common law and Queensland legislation, primarily the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. If you are an employer you need to ensure your workplace is mentally healthy and that you are adequately managing risks within your organisation to the mental health … Read More

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Household Worker insurance?

AS BUSY individuals, we sometimes pay cleaners, babysitters, gardeners and others to help us at home. There is a common misconception these people are always contractors, as opposed to employees. But that may not be the case. You have a duty of care to entrants on your property to take reasonable steps to avoid exposing them to risk of injury. … Read More

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New cladding laws for private building owners

I WOULD be surprised if combustible cladding is a term you have never heard. The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 was a catalyst for the increased media focus on cladding, but it certainly was not the first event of its kind. Part 4A of Queensland’s Building Regulation 2006 was introduced by the Building and Other Legislation Cladding … Read More

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Wills – what are they and why you should have one

A “WILL” is a legal document stating your wishes regarding the division of your estate, that is, your money and assets, after you pass. You also appoint someone to administer your estate, known as an Executor, usually a family member, close friend or legal advisor. If you die without a Will, this is called dying intestate and your estate will … Read More

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A cornerstone of the Common Law upon which the Australian Legal System is based is the “presumption of innocence”. This means of course that if you are accused of a crime, you do not have to prove you are innocent.  Instead, it is the job of the Prosecutor to prove you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Consistent with this … Read More


Debt Recovery

I OFTEN receive inquiries from businesses or individuals that are owed a debt. Generally, by the time I receive a call, they have made numerous unsuccessful attempts to recover the debt. At that point, they are looking for legal options. There are many different types of debt, including unpaid accounts and invoices, money lent but not repaid and work done … Read More

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Dual “Notifiable Incident” Obligations in Building Industry

THE Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBCC Act) and Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) define “notifiable incidents” as the death or serious injury or illness of a person. Under the QBCC Act, it includes an incident that exposes a person to a risk of serious injury or illness. Under the WHS Act, it includes a … Read More

Walker PenderDual “Notifiable Incident” Obligations in Building Industry

New Scheme for Financial Services & Product Disputes

MOST individuals and small businesses are consumers of financial services and products provided by banks, insurers or other providers. Until recently, complaints regarding unfair treatment or products were lodged with one of the following: Financial Ombudsman Service (FIO); Credit and Investments Ombudsman (CIO); or Superannuation Complaints Tribunal (SCT). Since November 1, these complaints are no longer lodged with FIO, CIO … Read More

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Are you Breaching Pool Safety Laws?

DID you purchase a “portable” pool/spa to help get you through summer? If so, Queensland’s pool safety laws under the Building Act 1975 (Act) may apply. If the structure is capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300mm or more, has a volume of no more than 2000 litres and has no filtration system, then it may … Read More

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Have you Checked on your PPSR Registrations?

I AM pleased to bring you the first publication of Keeping it Legal, a weekly article on a range of legal topics relevant to individuals and businesses. I am grateful to Walker Pender Group Lawyers and The Queensland Times for supporting this project, aimed at adding value to the community through sharing of legal information. I invite readers to email … Read More

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