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The Family Home Guarantee (FHG)

The Family Home Guarantee: Helping Single Parents Purchase Property

The Commonwealth Government introduced a scheme to support eligible single-parent families to enter the housing market that came into operation on 1 July 2021. Known as the Family Home Guarantee, this scheme is administered by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC), a corporate Commonwealth entity established under the National Housing Finance and Investment… Read More

New Family Court structure

How the New Family Court Structure Will Affect You

In February of 2021, Parliament passed the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021 and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Arrangements) Act 2021 which essentially proposed to merge the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court into a single unified structure. As the official merger was on the 1st… Read More

medical negligence

Medical Negligence Case Study

Makaroff v Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District [2021] NSWCA 107 A former patient has recently succeeded in a medical negligence action against the Nepean District Hospital (“the Hospital”) for the improper diagnosis of a shoulder injury. Ms Makaroff (“the Plaintiff”) was awarded a sum of $276,319.95 in damages on appeal. This case highlights the… Read More

dishonest conduct, Dishonesty and unfair dismissal

Dishonesty: a valid reason for termination or unfair dismissal?

The Fair Work Commission recently handed down an interesting finding on the issue of dishonesty in the workplace as grounds for dismissal. Whilst the Commission had previously held that dishonest conduct was grounds for dismissal, the recent case discussed in this article exemplifies the need for a nexus between dishonest conduct and dismissal. Valid reasons… Read More

pay secrecy, Pay Transparency

Should You Be Keeping Your Pay a Secret?

Discussing salaries and remuneration is often a controversial and clandestine topic in the office. However, there has been a recent push towards greater pay transparency to allow for a more equal workplace in light of social and political changes concerning issues, such as the gender pay gap. This article will discuss whether an employer can… Read More