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News & Knowledge

MSI Australia & New Zealand: September news-round up

15th September 2017

Pauline Rottstock

Each month MSI publishes a selection of articles written by its AusNZ member firms highlighting important topical issues in the Australia & New Zealand region.

Who is a Bully at Work?
By Graham Harbord, Johnston Withers Lawyers, Adelaide

A recent landmark decision by the Fair Work Commission gives an expansive interpretation of the definition of ‘worker’ to potentially cover governing board members, including chairpersons and directors, for the purposes of the Fair Work Act’s anti-bullying jurisdiction.

This is the first time that a chairperson of an organization has been considered to be covered by the bullying jurisdiction, opening the door for a raft of potential new claims. Read the full article 


Investing in Fiji
By Armish Pal, AP Legal, Lawyers, Fiji

The Fijian government introduced the Environmental Levy (“EL”) via the Environment Levy Act 2015 (“the Act”) and the EL came into effect from 1 January 2016.

The EL generally applies to tourism and hospitality sector – a detailed list of businesses to which the EL applies is set out in the Schedule to the Act. The EL is levied at 6% on turnover of the businesses prescribed by the Environment Levy Act and is required to be billed to the customers.  Read the full article 


 9 Key Success Strategies to really drive your performance this year for improved results
By Alec Blacklaw, Blacklaw Advisory and Founder of The Business Improvement Program, Melbourne

Unless last year was your best year ever and can’t be bettered, we challenge you to disrupt your business (before someone else does).  Even if your performance was pretty good, I imagine like most businesses, you could do much better on a number of levels. We know that the digital world has changed or is changing our traditional landscape and technology will ensure that change will continue at pace we have not seen before.  We want to share with you 9 Key Success Strategies that some of the best leaders and business have implemented for improved results. Read the full article 


In Australia and New Zealand, the MSI membership comprises eight legal and eight accounting firms located in the key business centres of Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and North Sydney.

Should you require assistance in Australia and New Zealand and to find out more about our law and accounting member firms in the region, please visit the MSI AusNZ website.