If an employee causes the Club to breach the Code are you personally liable?

By Bruce Gotterson

There is an old riddle: “If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it, does it make a noise?” A newer more relevant riddle is perhaps: “if an employee causes a club to breach an offence provision of the Registered Clubs Accountability Code and the club’s secretary and the board are unaware

To produce or not to produce?

By Daniel Fleming

Privacy issues may arise when an individual or organisation is issued with a notice to produce specified books under section 77A of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cth). Failure to properly comply with section 77A notice can attract a prison sentence of up to twelve months. Care should be taken to ensure that personal information which

How to avoid third party funding issues delaying your commercial construction project

By Brent Wilson

A builder has been selected, the Construction Contract has been negotiated and signed and all the relevant consents required to complete the construction project have been obtained.   Both you and the builders are ready to commence work to meet your deadline. The only problem –  the funding that you require to undertake your work from

What are the odds of a problem with increasing your gaming revenue?

By Matt Goodwin

It is January already and Christmas now seems a distant memory. Last year was a particularly busy one for Pigott Stinson with a number of clubs developing land into retirement villages, childcares and even breweries. A key motivator for many of the projects we worked on was a desire by clubs not to be solely

Club managers more likely to face personal liability under three strikes regime

By Matt Goodwin

Key Points The 3 strikes regime has changed. For a club to receive a strike the CEO personally must be charged with the prescribed offence. Licensing Police are now more likely to charge CEOs personally. CEOs should review the Club’s policies and procedures. CEOs should seek urgent legal advice if they or the Club receive

Legal update: casual employees

By Nigel Salmons

There have recently been two important changes to the law regarding casual employees: casual conversion – the right for certain casual employees to request that their casual employment be converted to permanent employment; and “deemed” permanency – a return to the traditional view of the Courts that a casual employee will be “deemed” permanent in certain

Plugging the leak – dealing with data breaches

By Leonie Kyriacou

Summary The “Notifiable Data Breaches” scheme requires a range of businesses to notify individuals and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner when certain data breaches occur. Fines for failing to comply with the NDB Scheme are up to $2.1 million. Businesses can minimise their potential liability by implementing a Data Breach Response Plan, ensuring

Adjudications under the Security of Payment scheme – good faith or bad faith?

By Chris Sydes

A recent decision of the NSW Court of Appeal has once again highlighted the difficulties faced by parties seeking to overturn determinations made by adjudicators under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (“the Security of Payment Act”)  by way of judicial review. This follows the decision of the High Court of

Thinking of (one day) selling your commercial property?

By Victoria Balis

If you own commercial property in New South Wales and are thinking about selling, there are various legal matters that you must properly address to make sure that the transaction is not delayed or derailed. A potential purchaser of a commercial property will usually do some form of due diligence. At a bare minimum this

Is your club prepared for a data breach?

By Bruce Gotterson

With Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and the Australian Government’s My Health Record dominating headlines throughout 2018, one could be forgiven for thinking that issues of data security are reserved exclusively for Government and multi-national organisations. However, recent amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Act) have placed a range of new obligations on entities bound by the

Reaching the threshold

By Bruce Gotterson

This article appeared in the August 2018 issue of Club Life. In most cases, clubs who are purchasing gaming machine entitlements will also need to apply for a gaming machine threshold increase. Relevantly, the recent amendments to the Gaming Machines Act have resulted in significant changes to the requirements for applying for and obtaining gaming machine

Food for thought

By Bruce Gotterson

This article appeared in the July 2018 issue of Club Life. The appointment of a contract caterer is a very important matter for any club.  The Board of Directors and management need to decide what it wants from the appointment.  For example, how will the contract caterer fit in with other club activities such as