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April 20, 2018

Veterans Finally Being Given Access to Compensation

From 1 May 2018, veterans with mental health issues will be able to access payments from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs including accessing income support while they are waiting for their compensation claim to be processed. “This is a significant step forward in assisting our most vulnerable citizens. Lack of access to justice and support […]

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April 17, 2018

Workplace Safety: Construction

Heights. Powerful machinery. Electricity. These are just a few of the reasons that construction working is such an inherently hazardous trade. Construction is Australia’s third most deadly industry and fifth most likely industry to cause serious injury, with 35 workers seriously injured every day. [1] Sobering Statistics The leading causes of death or serious injury […]

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April 10, 2018

Workplace Safety: Farming and Agriculture

Everyone knows that Aussie farmers are tough – farming is one of the most physically demanding and varied jobs there is. Unfortunately, farming is also one of the most dangerous jobs there is. In fact, farming and agriculture is second only to road transport in terms of deaths and injuries.[1] In 2016 alone, 63 farmers […]

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What goes up, must come down – Safely!

The hot air balloon crash which occurred in the NSW Hunter Valley region on 30 March 2018 (Good Friday), is yet another in a series of “unnecessary and preventable hot air balloon” incidents this year. Authorities say that approximately 16 people were left with injuries from the incident, including suspected broken bones and potential spinal […]

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April 4, 2018

Passenger Rights for Delayed or Missed Transport

Whether you’re travelling for business, a special event, a family visit or simply a well-deserved holiday, every traveller hopes that their journey will go smoothly: free of missed transport, cancellations and delays. However, if the unexpected happens and you’re affected by one of these events, it’s important to understand your rights as a passenger. When […]

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March 27, 2018

Injured on private property: What are your rights to compensation?

If you’ve been injured while on private property – whether it was another person’s home or commercial premises – you may be able to claim compensation to help you get back on your feet. What is meant by ‘private property’? The concept of ‘private property’ is most easily understood by comparing it to public property. […]

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Job interviews: Can a prospective employer really ask that?

A job interview is a chance for a prospective employer to collect as much information about a candidate as possible. However, job applicants have legal rights even before they become employees, and federal and state laws prohibit prospective employers from asking certain questions that aren’t relevant to your ability to do the job. Here’s a […]

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March 22, 2018

Stay safe on the roads this Easter: Weird and wonderful Australian road rules

Every year, Aussies seize the chance to visit family, go on holidays and take day trips over the Easter weekend. However, these joyful activities mean busier roads and unfortunately, a sobering road toll. More than 75% of Australians believe the roads are more dangerous during the Easter period. So as the long weekend approaches, there […]

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Thinking about volunteering? Know your rights and responsibilities

Every year thousands of Australians support their community by volunteering with a wide range of organisations. Unlike paid staff, volunteers aren’t covered by awards or workplace agreements. However they still have important rights and protections from mistreatment. What is a volunteer? Although there is no legal definition of a volunteer in Australia, Volunteering Australia defines […]

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