Every year, thousands of Queenslanders find themselves in the middle of a neighbourhood dispute about a tree or a fence. The Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Act 2011 commenced 1 November 2011 making it easier for neighbours to resolve disputes about trees and fences.
You can find out more information or direct enquiries by emailing NeighbourhoodDisputesResolution@justice.qld.gov.au
While no two queries or disputes will be the same, a step-by-step guide is available at the website to help people find the best solution for them and their neighbour. While the legislation does not cover disputes about issues including noise and animals, links to organisations and resources that do address these issues are also available at the website.
An employee is considered to be unfairly dismissed if Fair Work Australia (the Commission) is satisfied that:
An employee is eligible to make an application for unfair dismissal if they have completed the minimum employment period of:
Furthermore, an employee must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
If a person earns more than $129,300 per year, at least one of the following must apply:
Only employees covered by the national workplace relations system are covered by the unfair dismissal laws. The national workplace relations system in Queensland covers those employed by private enterprise but those employed by local government and Queensland state government are not covered. In addition, the following categories of workers are also NOT covered by the unfair dismissal laws:
If you believe that you have been unfairly dismissed and meet eligibility criteria discussed above, then you can lodge an unfair dismissal remedy application within 21 days of the dismissal coming into effect. The Commission may accept a late application but only in exceptional circumstances. You are required to pay an application fee of $65.50. This fee may be waived on the grounds that its payment would cause serious hardship.You can lodge your application by email or electronic lodgement (eFiling), by telephone or facsimile, by post or in person at Fair Work Australia office. Before lodging your application it is best to get legal advice.
Note that this is only general information on unfair dismissal and not specific legal adviceUnder the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), from 1 July 2009 unfair dismissal will apply to small business employers (those employing more than 15 full-time employees) caught by the Federal system. An application must be filed within 21 days. For State awards the time limit is still 21 days.Updated changes as of January 1, 2013. Please click here
YOUTH JUSTICE CHANGES
The Youth Justice Act has recently been amended. This came into effect on 31 March 2014 and includes the following changes:
THE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC GUARDIAN
In July 2012 the Carmody enquiry was established to conduct a review of Queensland’s child protection system.
The result of this enquiry was a published in a report- Taking Responsibility- which was released in July 2013.The Report made a number of recommendations, one of which was that a statutory body be created to represent the interests of children. This was in part due to growing public concern relating to the increasing number of children and young people entering care
As a result of this recommendation, as from the 1 July 2014 the Office of the Public Guardian will be responsible for protecting rights of vulnerable adults with impaired capacity; as well as for protecting the rights of children and young people in out of home and residential care including youth detention. There will no longer be a separate Adult Guardian and Child Guardian- only one Public Guardian
The Office of the Public Guardian will be responsible for:
More information is available on the web site www.publicguardian.qld.gov.au
The contact email will be firstname.lastname@example.org
For child visiting or advocacy matters an alternative email is email@example.com