NCAT – what is it?

The New South Wales government created a tribunal called the Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) a few years ago with the aim of bringing many o the separate bodies like The Guardianship Tribunal under the one roof as it were. NCAT now deals with disputes that...

Centrelink and the Commonwealth Ombudsman

Are you having a problem with Centrelink? Are you one of the 170,000 Australians who has received a debt recovery letter from Centrelink?  Do you think it is a debt that you don't owe?  While this is very stressful, the answer is not to ignore the letter and assume it...

Refugees and inalienable rights

Have you ever noticed that refugee cases are usually heard in the High Court of Australia? Have you ever wondered why that is? Under the Constitution the Commonwealth Parliament has the right to make laws in relation to immigration and emigration – that is...

Director’s Liability Law Changed

Various laws impose personal liability on Directors and Managers of companies for offences that arecommitted by the company. The Miscellaneous Acts Amendment (Directors) Liability Act, 2011 has altered the extent of the Director’s liability. The laws in each state are...