Sounding the horn on rules of the road

IT IS a common occurrence – sounding the horn in a motor vehicle when you arrive at or leave someone’s house. Did you ever stop to think about whether or not you may be breaking the law by engaging in this (seemingly) socially accepted practice? Queensland’s road rules are set out in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road … Read More

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Managing risks of hazardous chemicals

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (“Act”) sets out some key duties and includes addressing risks of injury, illness or death caused by hazardous chemicals. Many work places are home to hazardous chemicals. In the past year I know of at least two incidents involving injuries caused by exposure to chemicals in a work place that resulted in the … Read More

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Comply with VOI or risk penalty

THERE were changes to the Land Title Act 1994 (“LTA”) and Land Act 1994 (“LA”) recently increasing verification of identity (“VOI”) requirements for the witnessing of signatures on instruments and documents. The changes came into effect on September 30, 2019. The specific witnessing requirements are in section 162 of the LTA and 311 of the LA, including VOI records now … Read More

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Private conversations and who may record them

CAN you record a private conversation? Interestingly, whether or not it is illegal to record a private conversation depends on the legislation governing that topic. The legislation is different in each state and territory. Here in Queensland the relevant legislation is called the Invasion of Privacy Act 1971 (“Act”). The Act tells us that, if you are party to a … Read More

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Title deeds only worth the paper they’re written on

CAN you believe September is almost over? October is sneaking up on us and there are some important changes happening in the Queensland Titles Office in October that you need to be aware of. Currently, there are approximately 11 per cent of titles in Queensland for which a paper certificate of title exists (also known as “title deeds”). Those certificates … Read More

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Do-it-yourself car maintenance on the safety radar

ON JUNE 21, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) issued a media release urging consumers to be more cautious when undertaking DIY maintenance on their vehicles. This was in response to statistics revealing that 120 people had been killed and many hundreds injured whilst maintaining their own vehicles since 2000. … Of the 120 people killed since 2000, the … Read More

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So you bought a lemon? What now?

DID you hear about the “lemon laws”? They were passed by the State Parliament in April 2019 in the form of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (“the Act”). The laws came into effect on September 1, 2019, and provide additional protections for consumers in relation to defects in second-hand motor vehicles. Several pieces … Read More

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There’s room for improvement for our tradies’ health

I HAVE been talking about tradie health over the past couple of weeks. It is only through continual discussion, education and action that we, as a community of workers and employers, can help tradies return home safely each day. How do you think Ipswich compares against the state average in trade related occupation injuries and workers’ compensation claims? The most … Read More

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Four steps to stop tradies falling

WE CONTINUE to recognise that August is Tradies National Health Month; a time to raise awareness of the risks posed to those in our community who work in trade occupations. One particular incident that is all too common in trade industries is falls. That includes falls at ground level (for example, slipping, tripping) or falls from height (for example, from … Read More

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Tradie Health on the radar for the month of August

AUGUST is Tradies National Health Month. We have a lot of tradies in our community and keeping them safe at work is important. Over the next few weeks I will be discussing safety in the construction industry to help raise awareness. First, let’s understand what construction work is. According to Safe Work Australia, construction work can be defined as “any … Read More

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