Author: Chloe Kopilovic

26 November 2015

Australia to catch up on Crowdsourced Funding

Australia has one of the highest rates of new entrepreneurial businesses in the world, however unlike the UK, Canada, US and New Zealand, it does not have laws in place that easily allows these new companies to raise equity through direct ‘crowd’ funding. What are Australian companies barriers for Crowdsourced Funding? Currently, Australian companies are […]

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23 January 2015

Social Media Policies are a necessity for Australian businesses: 3 Tips businesses must know

An independent review of a Queensland government agency and the Fair Work Commission both agree that social media policies are important in the digital economy. A social media policy suggests a more authoritative document than a government department’s ‘social media quick reference guide’. A quick reference guide is not a sufficient exercise in due diligence […]

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18 November 2014

China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

On 17 November 2014, the Australian Government entered into a Declaration of Intent with the Chinese Government in relation to a “free trade agreement”. The Declaration of Intent marks the conclusion of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement negotiations and lays the foundation for a watershed economic relationship between the two countries. Changes under the China-Australia […]

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11 November 2014

How a restaurant owner’s Facebook comment led to ‘Doxxing’

A restaurant co-owner received a barrage of abuse on Facebook after he allegedly criticised a vegan customer (and vegans generally) on the business’ Facebook page. Posting critical views about a customer’s dietary requirements and fashion sense  is probably not a way to show you value their custom. The Facebook comments have escalated to a situation […]

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28 October 2014

The Australian Tax Office rules on Bitcoins

On 20 August 2014 the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) provided a number of rulings on Bitcoins. What is a Bitcoin? Essentially, Bitcoin is a digital currency used online as a method for payment. It is not physically printed, and it is not controlled by any banks. Unlike conventional currency that is based on gold or […]

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29 September 2014

New penalties for SMSF’s

The ATO now has more power to deal with trustees in self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF’s) who are breaching the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth) (SIS Act). The ATO’s extended powers to deal with breaches in SMSF’s came into force on 1 July 2014. What were the penalties that the ATO could impose before 1 […]

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11 September 2014

ASIC’s Disqualification of Director Power Upheld

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission’s (ASIC) power to disqualify directors is not a power to be overlooked. What is ASIC’s disqualification power? Under section 206F of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), ASIC has the power to disqualify a person from managing a corporation for up to 5 years where that person has acted as […]

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15 May 2014

A Right To Be Forgotten? – The European Court Of Justice Rules Against Google

On Tuesday, the European Court of Justice ruled that Google must listen to, and in some cases comply with, an individual’s request for links to articles or websites containing their personal information be removed from the search engine’s results. This is a significant decision with regards to privacy law in Europe, and one which could […]

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22 January 2014

Amendments to Privacy Laws – Is your business compliant?

The Australian Privacy Principles On 12 March 2014, the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Cth) will come into effect. This amending Act drastically bolsters existing privacy protection measures offered to consumers and reflects increasing public concerns regarding the handling of personal information by businesses, particularly in the online environment. The Act also introduces […]

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25 September 2013

Snapshot on the new Charities Act 2013 (Cth)

On 28 June 2013, the Government announced that the long-awaited Charities Act 2013 (Cth) had been passed, and is set to commence on 1 January 2014. The concepts and definitions relating to Charities and the not for profit sector have been developed by the Courts over the past 400 years. The aim of the federal […]

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