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Summary Dismissal

What is a summary dismissal? Summary dismissal is when an employee is dismissed from their job without any notice. They are paid only up until the time of their dismissal. Summary dismissal, also known as instant dismissal, can only be enforced in certain circumstances. These circumstances are limited, and it is important that you are…

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Road rules for cyclists

Road rules and cyclists in Queensland What are the rules for cyclists on the roads in QLD? There are quite a few things that cyclists need to know to ensure they are following the rules when riding on the road safely. Not knowing these or being unsure of the rules could be unsafe for the…

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Appealing a QCAT Decision

Are you appealing a QCAT decision? The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) makes decisions about administrative law of various Queensland Government departments and agencies. As well as being responsible for adjudicating some civil law disputes. Here is what you need to know about appealing a decision made by QCAT. When can’t you appeal a…

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Bullying in the Workplace

While most people associate bullying to be reflective of the schoolyard behaviour of adolescents, most would be surprised to know of its rising prevalence in the workplace today. According to Safe Work Australia, 37% of Australian workers reported being sworn or yelled at in their workplace. What is workplace bullying? The Workplace Bullying Institute defines workplace…

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What’s the difference between a lawyer and a barrister?

Their names are sometimes used interchangeably by the average person. However, they play two very distinct roles in the Australian legal system. This confusion generally comes from the overlapping responsibilities between these two legal professional, as they often work very closely together. What is a lawyer? A very simple explanation of a lawyer is a…

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Will I lose my home if I go bankrupt?

What is bankruptcy? Bankruptcy is a process whereby you declare that you are unable to pay your debts. You are removed from managing your own finances, and a trustee is appointed to manage your money and assets. When in this situation, one of the most common questions asked is, “will I lose my home if…

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Changes to Australian Visas

On 1 July 2019, the Australian Government made some significant changes to its immigration visas. In addition to an average 5.4% increase to fees for almost all visas applications, here are some of the key changes to popular visas and what you need to know: Immigration cap to be lowered The Australian Government has reduced…