New ID Scanning Laws – what you need to know

The new ID scanning laws came into effect in Queensland from 1 July 2017. The purpose of these laws is to identify individuals who are the subject of banning orders to the various licenced pubs, nightclubs and bars around town. In short, all licensed venues that ordinarily trade past midnight in the Safe Night Precincts,…

Travel Insurance Review

The Insurance market is reviewing cover in respect to mental illness. At the time of writing, some policies specifically exclude mental illness whilst others are reviewing their cover. Most travel policies do not automatically cover you for claims arising from, or exacerbated by, any existing medical condition unless you disclose that condition and the Insurer…

Social Media…grounds for termination?

The Fair Work Commission has increasingly been required to review issues raised by the use of social media in the workplace. The proliferation of, and use of, social media sites, with nearly 70 per cent of Australians on Facebook and around 20 per cent on Instagram and Snapchat, has resulted in employees posting comments which…

Employment Contracts

An Employment Contract is an Agreement between an Employer and an Employee that sets out Terms and Conditions of Employment. A Contract can be in writing or verbal. It’s certainly preferable to be “in writing” because should a dispute occur this will be the information that is relied upon to gain resolution between the “Parties”.…

Combustible Cladding

The Grenfell Tower fire in London in June 2017 has put building cladding under the spotlight with audits happening around Australia as a result. Manufacturers offer two different versions of the cladding – one with a plastic core and one with a mineral core. The plastic filled version if ignited becomes a fuel for the…

Car thefts on the rise

If car owners think the improved security now fitted to most new vehicles has forced car thieves to move on to easier targets, think again! Empirical evidence suggest that they are now just targeting older model vehicles, but car thefts are not reducing. According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, there was a…

Creepy crawly spider facts

DID YOU KNOW? You are rarely more than a few metres from a spider. And that one acre of ground is home to about a million spiders! Around most homes you will find about 20-50 different species of spider. But in any bushland area, there is usually around 100-120 species! There are around 10,000 different…

Travel smart and travel safe

Passport – check. Clothes – check. Medications – check. Smartphone – check. You’ve got all of the above, but what about travel insurance? Travelling overseas can be a fantastic adventure – but you shouldn’t do it without first having a travel insurance policy in place. Not all travel policies are the same with many policy…

Cyclone Debbie – the good and the bad

As the state continues to recover from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the real cost of the cyclone quite possibly will never be known. The cyclone, which crossed the coast on 28 March, 2017 as a category-four system and caused subsequent flooding in communities from the Whitsundays to New South Wales and then across to New Zealand.…

Protecting against cyber predators

On May 13, 2017 many internet users in the UK, Europe and Russia woke to a major Ransom Cyberattack. The USA was lucky, they were able to stem the outbreak, but the total number of people, companies and Government bodies effected may never be known. Hackers don’t care who it affects and we are all…