Thinking of buying your first home? You may be eligible for a government grant

November 25, 2019

Taking the leap and buying your first home can be daunting and costly. To assist you, the NSW Government has introduced two schemes for first home buyers in NSW. First home owners – stamp duty exemption If you are a purchasing your first property, you may be entitled to a substantial reduction in the stamp […]

The hidden financial costs of buying your first home

September 24, 2019

There’s nothing quite like buying your first home. However it can also be a very confusing and stressful time if you don’t budget for all the costs involved. The checklist below can help in identifying some of these hidden costs. 1.Loan pre-approval As a first step you should choose your home loan provider and obtain […]

Requests for flexible work arrangements? Ignore them at your peril!

July 18, 2019

The Fair Work Commission recently ordered an employer (Chesson) to pay over $20,000 in compensation to a former employee (Knutson) for refusing to implement flexible work arrangements. Knutson worked for Chesson for three years with consistent work hours each week. In September 2017, Chesson proposed to extend the working day by 30 minutes in a […]

Minimum Wages to increase by 3%

June 3, 2019

The Fair Work Commission has handed down the Annual Wage Review Decision announcing a 3% increase to the minimum wage and Award rates from the first full pay period after 1 July 2019. The National minimum wage will be increased to $19.49 per hour and $740.80 per week, being a $21.60 weekly increase. Increases will […]

Are you aware of new amendments to residential leases in NSW?

April 23, 2019

New changes to residential lease laws in NSW have passed through the two Houses of Parliament which when implemented, will have a substantial impact on both tenants and landlords. These changes include the following: protections for domestic violence victims such as early termination of leases where required; mandatory lease-break fees calculated according to the remaining […]

A contractor agreement for your subbies?

March 5, 2019

Have you or are you thinking about using an independent contractor or subcontractor in your business? It may be time to put in place a contractor agreement to provide a clear understanding of the agreement between you and the contractor/subcontractor and to protect your interests. Any such agreement should be tailored to your business and […]

New amendments for off the plan properties

December 10, 2018

Buying off the plan? Were you aware of the new legislative amendments below effective from 1 December 2018? vendors must provide purchasers with proposed plans and relevant details for the Property before contracts for sale can be signed; they will also be required to provide the purchasers with the final plans and notice of any […]

New amendments for flexible work arrangements

December 3, 2018

Are you aware of the new amendments for flexible working arrangements? From 1 December 2018, when responding to flexible work arrangements employers will need to ensure that they: discuss the request with the employee; make a genuine attempt to negotiate an agreement with the employee, taking into consideration their specific needs and circumstances; if refusing […]

Casual employees right to permanent positions

October 15, 2018

Did you know, in certain circumstances, you may now be required to transfer your casual employees to permanent positions? Modern awards have been amended to include casual conversion clauses. These clauses apply where a casual has: worked for at least 12 months for the employer; worked an ongoing regular pattern of hours; and has a […]

Employee or Independent Contractor? A Quick Guide

August 6, 2018

There are some key differences between employees and independent subcontractors. It is important for both employers and employees to be able to identify these, particularly because there are tax and superannuation implications for the different working relationships. Penalties can apply when workers are not employed correctly. The following checklist will help you decide what situation […]