Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Australia as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Australia: PageUp details possible data breach

The PageUp HR systems provider has informed clients that it experienced a major data breach on May 23rd 2018 due to the presence of malware …

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Australia: Minimum wage increased by 3.5% to $18.93 an hour

The National Minimum Wage has been raised 3 …

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Australia/New Zealand: E-cigarettes

Employers seeking to control and discourage smoking at work have frequently run up against the question is an eCigarette the same as a lit tobacco one? Ardent smokers have frequently found help in quitting through use of a Vap …

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Australia: New law will force 3,000 big companies to show they are stamping out slavery

Last month we reported the passage of a new “Modern Slavery Bill through the New South Wales Parliament …

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Australia: Notifiable Data Breaches

All companies experiencing a breach of personal data are now obliged to inform the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, as well as each of those whose data has been compromised (Privacy Amendment [Notifiable Data Breaches] Act) …

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Australia: Investigation of labour hiring agencies continues

The government of Western Australia is continuing to undertake a special investigation of labour hiring agencies to clamp down on agencies not passing on tax deductions to the revenue service …

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Australia: Superannuation

The avoidance of obligations under the Superannuation Guarantee System (SG) is concerning the tax service (ATO) …

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Australia: Queensland’s labour hire law in force

Queensland’s Labour Hire Law has now come into force …

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Australia: Modern slavery Bill introduced into the New South Wales Parliament

A “modern slavery” Bill has just been introduced into the New South Wales Parliament …

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Australia: FinTech bridge established with the UK

A new agreement between the Australian and UK governments will establish a fintech bridge between the countries allowing companies licenced in one jurisdiction to readily gain it in the other …

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Australia: NSW employers no longer able to discriminate against pregnant employees

The parliament of New South Wales has repealed various sub-sections of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 that allowed private sector employers to dismiss a worker they knew was pregnant, or to refuse to hire/promote them …

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Australia: Disclose monetary interests is legal requirement now

It is now a legal requirement for all parties to collective bargaining to disclose in detail any monetary interests in the outcome of a consequent agreement …

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Australia: NSW rail and train workers reach new pay agreement

Under two newly signed pay deals, workers from NSW Trains and Sydney Trains will see a 3% annual increase in pay over the next 3 years – as well as a one-off $1000 (US$770) payment and changed employment terms to allow for 7 days paid domestic-violence leave …

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Australia: CFMEU, Maritime Union of Australia merger approved by Fair Work Commission

The Fair Work Commission has approved the merger of the amalgamation of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union with the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union and Maritime Union …

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Australia: Wages rise 0.6% seasonally adjusted

During the final quarter of 2017 pay levels grew by 0 …

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