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Landgate Implements Tougher Measures to Mitigate Fraud
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People who deal with land in Western Australia are required to obtain a Verification of Identity (VOI) statement. To obtain a VOI, they must produce documentation and have their identities verified in person by an approved agent, such as a lawyer, conveyancer or Australia Post. Earlier this year, Landgate introduced changes to its VOI practice which extends this requirement to buyers and caveators. This ensures that errors and improper transactions are minimised, and aligns the paper-based transaction requirements with those of electronic-based transactions.  

Disclosure Exposure!
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Landlords and managing agents should remain aware of the nature and extent of the statutory obligation to provide a disclosure statement to prospective retail tenants. Failure to meet this obligation may expose landlords to an order to pay compensation for losses suffered by the tenant or risk termination of the commercial tenancy agreement by the tenant.
Occupier's Liability - you may be liable for personal injury that occurs on someone else's land
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You or your business could be responsible for injuries or damage that occur on premises, whether or not you are the owner of the land or are leasing the land. If you occupy land or you exercise control over land that is adjacent to, but outside the boundary of your property, you may be responsible for ensuring that those premises are kept safe.

Is your annual turnover AUD 3m or more? You have until February 2018 to prepare for new cyber laws
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New cyber-security laws which take effect on 22 February 2018 will see the introduction of mandatory reporting of data breaches in Australia.  Under the new law, entities must report any data breaches or suspected breaches to the Privacy Commissioner and affected customers as soon as practicable after the breach.

WA Construction Industry - Subcontractor Payments
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In 2013, the Western Australian Small Business Commissioner conducted an investigation into the non-payment of subcontractors on construction projects administered by Building Management and Works (BMW) between 2008 and 2012. The Final Report was presented to the Minister for Small Business in March 2013 with advice and recommendations.

Integra Legal played a crucial role in conducting this investigation, and the Final Report has been significant in driving a number improvements and changes in the construction industry, particularly in relation to the procedure for paying subcontractors.