News 2019.

Toughening up Victoria’s dangerous goods laws

Amendments to the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 (Vic) (Act) introducing new dangerous goods related offences and harsher penalties for non-compliance commenced 7 November 2019 following a swift passage through parliament. The Dangerous ...

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FOB and Containerised Goods: An Awkward Relationship

The International Chamber of Commerce's international commercial terms, known as the Incoterms® rules, are well known to those involved in trade, particularly international trade. However, it is apparent that the industryfavoured FOB ...

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Navigating the modern slavery framework

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) requires companies with a group annual consolidated revenue over $100 million to publish an annual statement on how they assess and address the risk of modern slavery in their organisation and ...

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‘Free from’ and hypoallergenic cosmetics claims

From 1 July 2019, new guidelines apply to 'free from' and hypoallergenic claims on cosmetics in the EU. All cosmetics are required to comply with Annex I of EC Regulation 655/2013. Annex III and IV of EC Regulation 655/2013 now ...

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NSW Modern Slavery Act defective?

Recent developments have delayed the commencement of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) (Act), which was set to commence on 1 July 2019 and impact entities with a group annual consolidated revenue between $50 million - $100 million. ...

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Not-so-natural remedies

Unlike 'natural' cosmetics claims, therapeutic goods should now meet specific criteria to claim they are natural. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recently released guidelines which set a high bar for the use of 'natural' ...

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Who owns the dress?

Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (Kraft) and Bega Cheese Ltd (Bega) disputed who owns the right to sell peanut butter in Australia with the trade dress of 'a jar with a yellow lid, yellow label, blue or read peanut device, and having a ...

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Victoria’s new e-waste ban

On 1 July 2019, the Victorian government will implement a new Waste Management Policy (E-waste) (New WMP) banning e-waste being sent to landfill. This fact sheet summarises the key obligations for Victorian businesses producing and ...

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Changes to waste transport certificates

A waste transport certificate (WTC) enables the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to track the categorisation, control and lifecycle of prescribed industrial waste (PIW). PIW includes waste generated from commercial or ...

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Australian law, I choose you

What is a governing law clause? A governing law clause expresses the parties’ intention about which laws will govern a dispute arising under their contract. Governing laws are important in any contract, but especially in ...

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