TWL Biennial Achievement Award.

Tasmanian Women Lawyers present the Biennial Achievement Award in acknowledgement and celebration of Tasmanian women who have demonstrated outstanding contribution or achievement to the practice, development or education of law, social justice, volunteering or charity. The award recognises qualities of excellence. Nominations are called for receipt of the Award. The closing date for nominations is Friday 2 November 2018. The Award will be presented at the Gala Dinner on 23 November.

For more information or a nomination form please see our website or contact

Federal Circuit Court Amendment (Costs and Other Measures) Rules 2018

Memo and Explanatory Note

The amendments in Schedule 1 Part 1 increase the itemised amounts of costs comprised in Schedule 1 of the Rules. These increases follow recommendations made by the Joint Costs Advisory Committee in their 10th Report. These increases apply to work done or services performed after the commencement of the Schedule.

The amendments in Schedule 1 Part 2 comprise miscellaneous amendments to the Rules being:

  • Removing a reference to primary dispute resolution in subrule 10.01(3)(g) as this terminology
    is no longer used in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 or the Family Law Act 1975.
    Instead it has been replaced with reference to dispute resolution and family counselling;
  • Including in Schedule 3 Part 2 the application of the following Federal Court Rules:
    • Rule 6.11 – Use of communication device or recording device in place where hearing taking place;
    • Division 7.3 – Preliminary discovery

Statutory Review of the Amalgamation of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

The Attorney‑General, the Hon Christian Porter MP, has announced the appointment of former Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Hon Ian Callinan AC QC, to undertake an independent statutory review of the amalgamation of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in accordance with section 4 of the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015. A link to the Attorney‑General’s announcement is here.

Terms of reference for the Review are available on the Attorney‑General’s Department website. Relevant submissions addressing the terms of reference can be made to Mr Callinan at: Email: or Post AAT Statutory Review,  c/o Attorney‑General’s Department, 3-5 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

The closing date for public submissions is Friday, 24 August 2018.

2018 Data Report – Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network

The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network was established in 2011 as an initiative of state and territory death review processes, and is endorsed by all state and territory Coroners and the Western Australian Ombudsman. The Network’s goals include producing national data concerning domestic and family violence related homicides in accordance with the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2009-2021. With this work the Network seeks to contribute to the formation of evidence-based policy and decision making in relation to domestic and family violence, enhancing opportunities for prevention and intervention and contributing to the enhanced safety of women and their children across Australia.


GST at Settlement – ATO Update

Feedback on GST at settlement webpage

For the GST at settlement page (QC55431) ATO are seeking feedback or improvements about this webpage, and whether or not it meets your needs. The GST at settlement page is currently open for consultation until Tuesday 31 July 2018 via Let’s Talk.

The following webpages are available and further consultation will be run on these pages over the coming months:


Payments made by cheque

If a payment is being made by cheque through the mail at present please include the payment slip, that is on the how to pay webpage. By the end of September 2018 an ATO generated payment slip with barcode will be provided once the first form is submitted, this will provide the ability to also pay at Australia Post.



State Revenue Updated Duty Concessions

Following discussions and agreement with finance practitioners and representatives of the Law Society of Tasmania and the Australian Institute of Conveyancers (Tasmania Division), the State Revenue Office has simplified the process for administering the concessions. The concessions can now be applied at the time an eligible taxpayer’s representative processes the property transaction through Tasmanian Revenue Online, instead of it being referred to the State Revenue Office to process.

The eligibility criteria for both of the concessions have not changed.

The amended arrangements are set out in these factsheets:

  1. a) First home buyers of established homes; and
  2. b) Pensioners selling their existing home to downsize to another property.

Copyright Music use in Australian Law Firms

Music rights management organisation APRA AMCOS are about to launch a campaign to the legal sector for copyright music use. The campaign will assess whether Australian law firms are using copyright music and ensure licences are in place. Law firms are no different from other corporate workplaces where employees listen to music at their work space for pleasure. Music is also often a feature of corporate events, is almost always used in telephone on hold and in client reception areas. Many Australian law firms are already correctly licensed for their music use and this campaign aims to clear up the minority who are not. Licences for Music in the Workplace start at 97 cents per employee per year.