Foreign owners of Australian agricultural land - Registration required

New laws have passed the Australian Parliament that require foreign persons who own, or have an interest in, Australian agricultural land to notify the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) of their interest.

In this eBulletin, we outline the application of the new requirements to notify the ATO of foreign interests in Australian agricultural land.
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Foreign buyers beware - Changes to the foreign investment regime introduced to Parliament

Since the forced sale earlier this year of the $39 million Point Piper Mansion, Villa de Mare, which was acquired in breach of Australian foreign investment laws, the Government has foreshadowed the introduction of a tougher and more robust foreign investment regime which would create greater transparency and increase compliance.  Read more...

Do you have an enforceable lease if your landlord is in liquidation?

The High Court in Willmott Growers Group has upheld a Victorian Court of Appeal decision that a lease can be disclaimed by the liquidator of a landlord. In this eBulletin we will discuss the very significant implications this decision will have for tenants.  Read more...

Milestones - November 2013

In this edition of Milestones we propose a procurement model which would significantly de-risk superannuation fund (and other) investment in greenfield infrastructure projects; we look at the key changes brought about by the NSW Self Insurance Amendment Act 2013; and we discuss recent changes to national legislation regarding the scope of director's liability for environmental offences  Read more...