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WA provides relief for businesses and households with $607m stimulus package

17 Mar 2020

WA Premier, Mark McGowan, has announced a number of initiatives to provide relief to businesses and households in the wake of COVID-19 and the disruption this is causing in the economy.

NSW Government provides $2.3b towards health and economic stimulus

17 Mar 2020

NSW Government provides $2.3b towards health and economic stimulus

'Locking in certainty’ – Important changes to income protection insurance

02 Mar 2020

Insurance companies will be stopped from issuing any agreed value income protection policies from 1 April 2020.

A Safe Harbour, but for who?

01 Mar 2020

This month, ‘Safe Harbour’ legislation was passed offering protection to directors from insolvent trading exposure. Is this the big reform Australia that will encourage entrepreneurship and provide a platform to protect (or “harbour”) business value?

Director personal liability for GST and other indirect taxes

19 Feb 2020

As part of the program to combat illegal phoenixing, the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (“GST Act”) and the Tax Administration Act 1953 (“TA Act”) have recently been amended.

Whistleblowing at the right tone

14 Feb 2020

With the recent Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry and the current Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, whistleblowing is likely to increase. New laws encourage and protect whistleblowing but are companies ready for this?

APRA rounds out Private Health Insurance Policy

13 Feb 2020

APRA has put into motion the third and final phase of its Private Health Insurance (PHI) Policy Roadmap – a review of the PHI capital framework – and has delivered frank advice regarding the sustainability of the sector.

Salary sacrificed superannuation contributions

13 Feb 2020

From 1 January 2020, salary sacrificed superannuation contributions cannot be used to reduce your employer’s superannuation guarantee obligations, regardless of the amount the employee elects to salary sacrifice.

Life insurance policies

13 Feb 2020

From 1 April 2020, changes will take place that impact life insurance offered through superannuation funds.

Discretionary trusts and foreign surcharges

12 Feb 2020

Following on from the alert last week, it has become increasingly clear how complicated the differing surcharge rules are making the establishment and administration of discretionary and testamentary trusts.