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Important Changes to Special Hardship Order Applications

The Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Driver Licensing) Regulation 2010 governs Special Hardship Orders. This regulation has recently been amended. For those wishing to apply for a Special Hardship Order, it is important to understand how these changes may affect you.   Change 1 – Removal of 21 Day Time Limit Prior to 1 April 2019, eligible drivers had 21 days from the date of their suspension to apply for a Special Hardship Order. This restriction has now been removed to allow drivers to apply for a Special Hardship Order at any time during their suspension period. This amendment takes into account the fact that circumstances...

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I am receiving a Centrelink payment. What are my obligations? What happens if I fail to meet my obligations?

If you are receiving a social security payment, you need to be aware of your obligations. If you fail to meet these obligations, you can be charged with an offence in addition to having your payment cancelled. For this reason, it is important to ensure strict compliance with the requirements under the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 (Cth). It must be stressed that this information is not exhaustive and does not constitute legal advice. If you would like specific and detailed information regarding your obligations as a Centrelink recipient, you should seek our advice. WHAT ARE MY OBLIGATIONS? Your obligations as a welfare...

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What happens to my matter if the law changes after I have been charged?

One of the most challenging aspects of the law is that it changes every day. Changes occur in two ways: New legislation is handed down by Parliament; Courts change the way that the law is interpreted or applied. If there is a change to the law whilst your matter is underway, it can affect the way in which your matter proceeds. It is important to be aware of these changes and the impact they will have on you. This is particularly important in criminal law matters because these changes can affect the outcome of your case. Changes to the law can be divided...

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Commonwealth Games: What You Should Know From A Criminal Law Perspective

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will run from the 4th of April 2018 to the 15th of April 2018. If you are attending the Commonwealth Games, it will be important to take care and act appropriately.  Gold Coast residents should also be aware of this information, as the Commonwealth Games will affect the entire Gold Coast community. Firstly, you should expect an increased police presence before, during and immediately after the Commonwealth Games. This increased police presence may mean an increase in police charges. It is important to be aware of this and act accordingly. This is particularly relevant to those attending events during...

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