The amendments to the Liquor Control Act have now passed through Parliament with their commencement as law imminent. There are a number of key changes which impact on liquor stores, in particular the larger liquor barns. There is now a prohibition on granting, removing, altering or redefining packaged liquor premises in certain circumstances.  The Act prohibits the application for the grant of a new packaged liquor outlet or for the

Data protection is afforded in Australia by the Privacy Act’s in each State and Territory. These laws regulate the collection, use and disclosure of information about individuals and businesses. With the development of technology and the omnipresent threat of cyber-criminals and hackers, the law is constantly needing to evolve to provide sufficient safeguards for the data and personal information of internet users. In 2018, the following legislative developments have reached

Despite being introduced over six years ago, the Personal Property Securities Register or the PPSR is still widely unknown in business. What is the PPSR? The PPSR is the single national register of security interests in personal property.  Personal property includes vehicles, stock and equipment or basically anything that is not land, buildings or fixtures. A security interest is an interest in personal property that secures payment of a debt

Image rights are the right to one’s own image and the ability to decide when, how and by whom one’s physically recognisable features, including image, voice and name, can be captured, reproduced and/or published. In Australia, a person does not necessarily have a proprietary interest in their own image rights, however the law has allowed a person to grant a licence to a third party for the exploitation of one’s

Registration of a trade mark offers different, and important, protections to the registration of a business name.  Whilst both can be used to identify your business, registering your business name does not give you legal proprietary rights over that name. Business Name A business name is the name under which your business operates.  You only need to register a business name if you are trading under a name that is

Social media has become a very effective marketing tool.  However, you do not have to try too hard to find examples of where social media has resulted in poor publicity for a business.  Whilst some say any publicity is good publicity, business operators need to be careful on a number of legal fronts when engaging in social media activities.   Some key issues include: Copyright Law There have been a number