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Victims of a crime may be entitled to extra payments Victims of a crime may be entitled to extra payments

Published on 14 November 2018: Victims of crime can apply for a special payment from Government to help recover from a violent crime but a Sentencing Act Application may also be lodged in court against the perpetrator who is then liable for an additional financial payment.

Changes to Sunset Clauses in Off-the-Plan Contracts Changes to Sunset Clauses in Off-the-Plan Contracts

Published on 14 November 2018: New laws have recently changed the way sunset clauses in residential off-the-plan contracts operate. With these changes, protections for purchasers are strengthened and developers' rights to invoke sunset clauses have been curtailed.

WorkCover, TAC and Centrelink WorkCover, TAC and Centrelink

Published on 09 November 2018: By the time many injured people receive a lump sum settlement in a TAC or WorkCover claim, weekly payments have been terminated. In those cases, the injured person may end up on a Newstart allowance or a disability support pension. What happens when you receive a lump sum and you are also in receipt of Centrelink?

Overseas marriages pose thorny issues for family law courts here Overseas marriages pose thorny issues for family law courts here

Published on 09 November 2018: The growing numbers of married migrants arriving in Australia is posing some thorny problems in family law courts where both parties are seeking divorce, but in different jurisdictions.

What $1.1M Geelong Grammar payout means for abuse survivors What $1.1M Geelong Grammar payout means for abuse survivors

Published on 01 November 2018: Geelong Grammar School made headlines this week when a survivor of sexual abuse at the school was awarded a major financial settlement of $1.1 million, despite having previously settled for a much smaller amount.

Are cyclists covered for dooring and swerving injuries? Are cyclists covered for dooring and swerving injuries?

Published on 01 November 2018: Cyclists injured as a result of a transport accident are covered under the TAC scheme, but the law surrounding the entitlement of cyclists in transport accidents has been problematic over the years.

RCT donates clothes to Wear for Success RCT donates clothes to Wear for Success

Published on 31 October 2018: RCT is here to stand with those who need support. We are proud to donate to Wear for Success and assist the LIV Young Lawyers Community Issues Committee.

Woman wins right to sue police over family violence Woman wins right to sue police over family violence

Published on 25 October 2018: The Supreme Court of Victoria has granted a woman and her three children the right to sue the State of Victoria for failing to better protect them from family violence.

New fatigue detecting technology may prevent injuries and deaths on the roads New fatigue detecting technology may prevent injuries and deaths on the roads

Published on 23 October 2018: VicRoads and Monash University are running a new research trial that aims to use hi-tech camera devices that scan people’s eyes to gauge their level of fatigue and determine whether they might be too fatigued to drive.

Apology needs to be backed by action Apology needs to be backed by action

Published on 22 October 2018: Today thousands of survivors of childhood abuse and their supporters watched on as Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, apologised on behalf of the government for decades of sexual abuse perpetrated against children by those who were charged with their care in institutions.

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