Posts Categorized: Law changes

Share your family law experience

  In May 2017 the Federal Government announced its intention to conduct a review of the family law system. The Australian Law Reform Commission released the terms of the review in September 2017. The Commission have now set up a confidential website where you can share your experience with the family law system. They are looking to hear from people who have been involved with the family law system, particularly in the last five years, to find out what helped you and your family or what aspects of the family […]

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Changes for Learner, P1 and P2 Drivers

  From Monday 20 November 2017, a number of changes to how you can obtain your licence will commence. Learner drivers will have to pass the Hazard Perception Test (‘HPT’) before they can attempt the driving test. If you wait more than 15 months without passing the driving test, you will have to complete the HPT again. Drivers will no longer be required to pass the Hazard Perception Test to obtain their P2 Licence. The only requirement is to hold your P1 licence for at least 12 months. There will […]

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Driver Disqualification Update

  From 28 October 2017, major changes in relation to licence disqualification laws will take place. People who commit offences such as driving while unlicensed, suspended, cancelled or disqualified will have maximum penalties and disqualification periods reduced. The Court will also have the power to decide when the disqualification will start (i.e. it won’t automatically be in addition to any suspension already being served). Disqualification periods can be lifted after a period of good behaviour with no other traffic offences (either 2 or 4 years depending on the type of […]

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Loose-Fill Asbestos

From 1 September 2017 a Contract for Sale and Purchase of Land must include a warning that if the dwelling was constructed prior to 1985 then the purchaser should make enquiries to determine if the premise contains loose-fill asbestos.   The warning recommends the purchaser; Search the Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation Register. Check if the local council holds any records on premises that have Loose Fill Asbestos. What is Loose-Fill Asbestos (LFA) and Why is it Dangerous? In the 1960’s and 70’s raw crushed asbestos was used in ceilings as insulation.  Asbestos fibres […]

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Good News for Developers of Land Used for Primary Production

The Background Property Developers often acquire agricultural lands on the edge of existing urban areas and hold them as land as a “land bank” for future Developments. Primary production activities such as cattle grazing often continue through leasing or agistment arrangements. In New South Wales land that is used for Primary Production is generally not subject to land tax. Accordingly, developers have sought to claim an exemption when their “land bank” is being used for primary production. In recent times the Office of State Revenue (OSR) has imposed more stringent […]

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Changes to Energy Efficiency Disclosure Requirements for Commercial Property.

If you are a commercial property owner, looking to invest, or just interested energy efficiency the following article will most definitely interest you. From 1 July 2017 it certain circumstances it will be compulsory to disclose a commercial property’s energy efficiency information when looking to sell, lease or sublease a property. What disclosure is required? It will be compulsory for commercial property owners to provide a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) issued by the Department of Environment and Energy to prospective purchasers and lessees. What is a BEEC? A BEEC is […]

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Social Media at meetings & Other Strata Law Changes that are important to you!

If you own or rent a residential strata unit these changes will impact you. The new laws starting on 30 November 2016 have been modernised to reflect the reality of living in a strata unit today. More than a quarter of NSW’s population is living in a strata property so these Strata Law Changes will no doubt be a topic for discussion in the coming months. The Property Law team at Duffy Elliott Lawyers has jumped ahead of the pack to give you this summary of the upcoming changes: Technology […]

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New Asbestos Register Unlikely to Affect Dubbo Residents

Law changes have established the National Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation Register. If a property is listed on the register it needs to be disclosed in the section 149(2) certificate. What is a section 149(2) Certificate? If you have ever had anything to do with the sale of property you will know that a vendor is required to disclose certain information about the property to the purchaser. Part of this disclosure is the inclusion of a section 149(2) planning certificate in a contract. A section 149(2) certificate is issued by the local […]

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Are you looking to sell property? Here is how to prove your identity.

New Verification of Identity Requirements hope to Decrease Fraud With an aim to decrease fraud in property transactions new laws have come into effect implementing new  Verification of Identity (VOI) requirements. From 1 August 2016 Solicitors and Conveyancers will be required to comply with the new VOI requirements under the Conveyancing Rules. Compliance will ensure a Solicitor or Conveyancer has taken reasonable steps to identify their client. Once a solicitor or conveyancer has satisfied these requirements they will achieve what is known in the Covayancing Rules as “safe harbour”. Safe Harbour allows the lawyer or conveyancer to be […]

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Swimming pool safety law changes – What you need to know

New Swimming pool safety laws throws vendors in the deep end. Do you own a house with a swimming pool/spa? Are you planning on selling or are you currently leasing a house with a swimming pool/spa? Law Changes are looming to ensure swimming pool safety. From 29 April 2016 all properties with a swimming pool being sold or leased will need a valid certificate of compliance or relevant occupation certificate. The leading driver behind these changes to swimming pool safety that swimming pool drownings are the leading cause of preventable deaths in children […]

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