New Pathway to Permanent Residency in Australia for Rugby (Union & League) and Soccer Players

Earlier this month the Australian government announced a change to the skilled occupations list (a list of nominated occupations that the Australian government wants to attract to Australia) to include ‘footballer’ on the the medium to long-term list rather than the short-term list, upon which it has existed since March 2018.

This means that previously, foreign players could only be granted a two-year visa, with one opportunity for renewal for a further two years. However, as of this week (11 March ...

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No Further Stay Waivers (Visa Conditions 8503, 8534 and 8535)

A ‘No Further Stay’ condition prevents visa holders from applying for many temporary and permanent visas while they are in Australia.

Conditions include 8503, 8534 and 8535.

If one of these conditions has been attached to your visa, you cannot apply for another visa (except a protection visa or a temporary visa of a specified kind, while you are in Australia).

If you don’t have the right to remain in Australia, you must leave.

Checking your visa

If ...

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International Player Eligibility for The Qantas Wallabies

If you are a high calibre rugby player from overseas, seeking to determine your eligibility to represent Australia by playing for the Qantas Wallabies in this years’ World Cup in Japan, the time is now to perform a simple calculation.

World Rugby Regulation 8 sets out the rules for being eligible to represent a country at international level for the fifteen-a-side game. To put it simply, you must either:

  1. complete 36 consecutive months (3 years) of Residence immediately preceding ...
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Private Investigation Services

Its 2018. Most people have had access to the internet now for over 20 years, and boy has it come a long way. It is the primary source of communication for both private individuals and businesses. Unfortunately, due to this fact, and how easy it is to remain anonymous online, there has been an increase in associated fraudulent behaviour.

Two common examples we see often which individuals come up against are:

  1. Investment Scams
  2. Online Abuse

Investment Scams – Example

A broker from overseas (commonly either ...

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Can I Represent Myself in a DUI Case?

The short answer is “Yes, you can!”

To represent yourself in a Queensland court is a right. However, it may or may not be the best option.

Self-Representation is Challenging

Even though DUI matters are common in the Queensland court system, don’t let that fool you into believing that these offences are viewed by the courts as trivial offences.

That is not the case!

The fact is that DUI offences are taken very seriously, and the consequences of these types of offences can severely impact ...

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How to Get a Work Licence After a DUI

The issuing of a work licence is a provision under Queensland legislation (Section 87 Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995), which allows a person convicted of drink driving (or driving with drugs present in their system) to drive only for work purposes during their period of licence disqualification.

No matter what anyone might tell you, the process is not straightforward. A quick glance at Section 87, and you will see why.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not ...

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Got Crypto Currency? Get a Will.

As 2017 nears an end, there has been one strong theme in the world of financial markets and wealth accumulation: the rise of Bitcoin and crypto currency. Generation Y are fast acquiring crypto currency such as Bitcoin as an investment for the future, with Generation X reluctantly following, both seeing huge profits over a very short period of time. In the history of finance, there has never been anything like it in both terms of the product and the short ...

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Trademark Scam Alert

If you apply to register a trademark in Australia (through IP Australia), beware of unsolicited invoices which follow. Within 3 months, there is an almost 100% likelihood that you will receive letters from ‘TPP – Trademark & Patent Publications’ (from Poland / Czech Republic) and ‘TM-Edition – International Catalogue of Trademarks’ (Hungary) asking you to pay $2,080 and $1,850 respectively. These letters are trademark scams.

Example Scam Letters:

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Case Study: Financial Asset Valuations vs CAPEX Renewals Modelling

The Problem

Since the introduction of IPWEA’s Practice Note 3 for buildings, government bodies have increasingly been attempting to pair financial asset valuations with asset management renewals modelling to save consulting costs. However, whilst high-level replacement modelling can be conducted from the financial asset valuation, additional costs are associated when renewing asset components due to variable service level expectations, lowered quantities of scale, restricted access to components, and costs associated with removal and disposal of failed components.

Because of ...

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