Archives for September 2015

Federal Circuit Court invalidates ‘no refunds’ clause

In a recent judgment (Ferme v Kimberley Discovery Cruises Pty Ltd [2015] FCCA 2384), the Federal Circuit Court held that a term of a cruise company’s standard conditions, which allowed the company to cancel a cruise for a wide range of reasons without giving any refunds to its passengers, was an ‘unfair term’ under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and therefore void. [Read more…]

Subclass 188 Visa – Investment in Australian business

Updated 06 February 2017

Foreign investors wishing to enter Australia for the purposes of managing a business or investing in Australian entities, will be required to obtain a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 188 Visa).  This visa is valid for four (4) years, and allows the person to travel in and out of Australia for that period, bring family members to Australia, establish or acquire Australian businesses and make Australian investments.  The visa is a stepping stone to acquiring a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (Subclass 888 Visa), which provides permanent residence to visa holders still associated with Australian businesses.

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Underpaying employees can come at a great cost

11 September 2015

In recent weeks there has been widespread media coverage about employers who are alleged to have been underpaying their employees.  In many cases it has been alleged that employees were being paid less than the award, the basic wages safety net.

Franchise operators Grill’d, United Petroleum and 7-Eleven have all come under the spotlight, including allegations that ‘head office’ was aware of the underpayments.

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