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VCAT Clarification in Victoria’s Shifting Landscape Of Retail And Commercial Leasing

Landlords and tenants across Victoria should take note of VCAT’s important decision handed down in July 2019 matter of Phillips v Abel [2019] VCAT 1031. This decision is an important landmark in the shifting landscape of retail and commercial leasing in Victoria.

Calling all Franchise Stakeholders – Have Your Say By 20th September

28 Aug 2019

On Friday 23 August 2019, the Franchising Taskforce (established by the Government to examine the feasibility and implementation of recommendations proposed in the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services’ Fairness in Franchising report) released an Issues Paper.

The Issues Paper invites input from the franchising community by asking 23 specific questions regarding 7 draft policy principles developed by the Taskforce.

Social Media Post Leads To Sacking Of Public Servant

Posting your thoughts and opinions on your social media pages has a broader reach than you might think. While you may think that your comments start and finish on your social media page, we are seeing a rise in the number of occasions where posts have resulted in the termination of employment. On 7 August 2019, the High Court unanimously allowed an appeal from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in the case of Comcare v Banerji [2019] HCA 23 setting a new precedent for Australian bureaucrats.

A Reminder To Franchisors – Disclosure Document Update Season

20 Aug 2019

Franchisors, the time has come to review and update your Disclosure Document for the financial year ending 30 June 2019.

The Franchising Code of Conduct requires franchisors to update their Disclosure Documents within four months of the end of their financial year. For most franchisors, this will mean their Disclosure Documents must be updated by 31 October 2019.