Privacy Awareness Week

Written by rouse_admin on May 16, 2017

Each year, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) holds a week of events to promote privacy and encourage best practices by companies and organisations on how they can keep your personal information safe.  Each year has a different theme: This year, the focus of the week is “trust and transparency”.

“This Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) we explore privacy through the theme Trust and Transparency. This speaks to the consumer and community trust that flows to organisations who handle personal information

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Data Security – Show Pony Group Pty Ltd v Black Swallow Boutique Pty Ltd & Ors

Written by rouse_admin on May 9, 2017

Show Pony Group Pty Ltd (“ShowPo”) has settled a dispute with competitor Black Swallow Boutique Pty Ltd (“Black Swallow”) and two individuals, Mr Alexander Baro (chief executive of Black Swallow) and Ms Melissa Aroutunian (a former graphic designer for ShowPo), over the alleged theft of ShowPo’s contact database.

The case highlights the risks of unauthorised use and disclosure of confidential information. It also reveals that sometimes the greatest threat comes from within.

Details of the ShowPo case

ShowPo, a hugely popular online women’s

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Contracts in a leasing transaction

Written by rouse_admin on April 18, 2017

If you’re a prospective tenant or landlord entering into a leasing transaction then it’s likely that you will be asked to sign a number of different documents. It’s important to understand the differences between each document and how they interact in order to determine which is appropriate for your situation.

Offer To Lease

The first document you’ll commonly be asked to sign is an Offer To Lease. This document is normally prepared by a property agent and sets out a few pages

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Mundine/Green Facebook Live Copyright Controversy

Written by rouse_admin on April 4, 2017

In February 2017, the much anticipated Mundine/Green fight took place.  This long-awaited match was expected to be an intense fight between two rivals, however, Australias received more than just one fight when a dispute over copyright emerged between Foxtel, the official broadcaster, and two Facebook users.

It is alleged, that approximately 300,000 people viewed the fight via Facebook’s live-streaming service when the two men streamed the fight through their Facebook accounts.  Foxtel, being the official broadcaster, alleges that the streaming of

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Upcoming changes to NSW retail leasing laws

Written by rouse_admin on March 14, 2017

The NSW Parliament recently passed the Retail Leases Amendment (Review) Bill 2016 (“the Bill”) which has achieved royal assent and is expected to commence shortly. The Bill introduces reforms to the Retail Leases Act 1994 (“the Act”) that governs NSW retail shop leases.

Some of the ways which landlords and tenants will be impacted include:

Minimum term

The requirement for a minimum lease term of 5 years will be removed.


Leases with a term of more than 3 years will need to be registered.

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Metadata Retention – What you need to know.

Written by rouse_admin on February 28, 2017

The Full Federal Court confirms that metadata is not all linked in its decision in the case of the Privacy Commissioner v Telstra Corporation Limited [2017] FCAFC4.

The History

In June 2013, a Telstra customer, Mr Grubb, made a request to Telstra for ‘all the metadata information Telstra has stored about my mobile phone service’.

In accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), a person has the right to request access to personal information held by an organisation that is bound by the

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Superannuation Reform 2016 – Planning Pointers

Written by rouse_admin on February 21, 2017

The superannuation reform announced in the 2016 Federal Budget have largely been implemented.

Many of the changes simply adopt the government announcement.

However, there are some changes that are not so obvious which require strategic planning action, and provide opportunities to add value. Our take on these less obvious changes as set out below.

Excess Transfer Balances

There is a general misconception that where a member’s balance exceeds the transfer balance cap ($1.6 million), there is a requirement to reduce the balance prior to

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Searching made easier with IP Australia’s new trade mark search engine

Written by rouse_admin on February 15, 2017

IP Australia, the government agency responsible for administering intellectual property rights and legislation in Australia has released their new search engine for trademarks.

If you are familiar with their previous search engine (ATMOSS), you are in for a treat.  The new interface is simpler, more user-friendly and is teeming with new features to help make searches quicker and easier.

What is new?

The layout

The new Quick Search features (in the “I am interested in …” section) now offer helpful tips and descriptions, assisting

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Superannuation Reform 2016- A Roadmap to guide you through the maze

Written by rouse_admin on February 14, 2017

The 2016 Federal Budget proposed the most significant reform to superannuation since 2007.

Much of the legislation for the implementation of that reform has been implemented with the passing of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Act 2016.

Many of the changes included in the legislation will be obvious: pension exemption limit of $1.6 million, changes in contribution caps, removal of anti-detriment deductions, changes in thresholds, etc.

However, some of the changes included are not so obvious which provide traps for

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Don’t get Grill’d over your traineeship agreements

Written by rouse_admin on February 7, 2017

Don’t get Grill’d over your traineeship agreements

Grill’d, the popular fast food burger chain was recently in the media over allegations by the Young Worker’s Centre (YWC) of Victoria that Grill’d is prolonging it’s traineeships as a way to reduce their employees’ hourly wage.

YWC made the allegation on behalf of a current Grill’d employee.

Following the allegations, the founder of Grill’d, Simon Crowe, released a statement (that can be found on their website) standing behind the company’s practices.

What is a traineeship?

A traineeship

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