Planning to buy a product or service? In many cases, purchasing decisions will require consideration of a variety of different issues which may not be apparent at the outset. For example, if you are buying a product from overseas, there may be import duties, customs and quarantine rules, or the product may not meet Australian […]
Are you contracting for services? Some myths and regulatory truths about your contractor’s entitlements.
If you are engaging an individual or a sole trader to perform, present or complete some work for you, there are some common myths about contractual relationships you shouldn’t believe. Myth 1: I don’t have to make a superannuation payment on behalf of a contractor with an ABN (Australian Business Number).
In most cases, contracts end naturally when the agreed obligations have been performed or the contract reaches its expiry date. Before you part ways with the other party, make sure you’ve tied up any loose ends – it could save you a lot of time and trouble in the long run!
Employers have many legal obligations associated with their workers such as Pay As You Go instalments, payroll tax, WorkCover and superannuation payments. The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) imposes penalties for employers who engage workers as contractors when they are really functioning as employees.
The appropriate person to authorise a contract or agreement on behalf of the University can vary depending on the contract’s nature and value. It might be the head of your academic or administrative unit, or someone in a more senior position, specialist area or specific role – but they need to have a delegation.
After a contract or agreement is signed, there will always be some form of action that needs to be taken to fulfil the contract. Take your employment agreement for example. After you signed it, you turned up to work on your first day, likely saved a copy so you could refer to it later if […]
Recent amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) update the rules that apply to the University’s commercial activities with competitors, suppliers, retailers and consumers.
Under Australian Consumer Law, small businesses can now challenge unfair terms in standard form contracts. These new legal protections – which previously applied only to consumer contracts – came into effect on 12 November 2016. If any term in a standard form contract (defined below) is found to be “unfair”, that term would be rendered […]
The next time you participate in negotiation or decision-making or even a conversation, be sure to make a record of it. It could protect both you and the University. We often jump from one thing to another in the course of the working day. As a result it is often easy to overlook, forget or […]