Public Hearings to Review the National Redress Scheme begin this Month in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle
In September 2019 the Australian Parliament announced a review of the National Redress Scheme. The review is an opportunity for members of the public to provide their feedback and express their concerns of their experiences of the operation of the National Redress Scheme.
The review will be undertaken by the...
When do you draw the line on your personal ethical stand for the protection of children.
On the 23 February of this year, in the Sydney Morning Herald reporter Michael Koziol wrote about the concerning issue regarding Stephen Russell, past Headmaster of St Kevin’s College in Melbourne. Mr Russell had provided a character reference for Peter Kehoe, a coach at St Kevin’s, who was convicted...
Koffels2020-02-20T16:28:02+11:00Claims for Abuse in Australian Defence Force
The Royal Commission in the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (‘Royal Commission’) address a number of institutions in society where sadly incidences of sexual and serious physical abuse have been prevalent for many years.
The Royal Commission heard evidence in relation to a limited number of reported incidents of sexual and physical abuse in a small sample of...
YOUR COMPANY MAY NEED TO PROVIDE A MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT AS A MATTER OF LEGISLATED COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS. ARE YOU COMPLIANT?
Who is required to report?
The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (“Act”) requires that an entity that has an annual consolidated revenue of at least AUD 100 million, and is either an Australian entity or a foreign entity carrying on business in Australia, (pursuant to section...
When is the Family Home no longer exempt from Capital Gains Tax? Australian Expats Beware.
If you are an Australian Expat living overseas, and own a property in Australia deemed to be your Primary Residence, after 30 June 2020 this property will no longer be exempt from Capital Gains Tax.
This tax will be retrospective to cover any capital gain on the property accumulated over the...
The average time to report abuse is 20 years, so how much time do you actually have to lodge a claim?
For over 300 years there has been a time limit imposed on anyone who wanted to take action in a court to enforce their legal rights. There are sound reasons to have time limits. People need to have certainty in how they conduct their...
Koffels2020-02-03T16:08:53+11:00Is the National Redress Scheme Working for Victims of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse?
At this point in time the answer is quite possibly no.
It was reported by Miki Perkins, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, that at least 10 applicants for the Redress Scheme sadly passed away before they were paid as they were not processed in time. The backlog appears to remain, and many...
No One is Above the Law: Catholic Priests face Fines or Imprisonment if they do not report their knowledge of the abuse of a child as related to them in the act of Confession
The Royal Commission into Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard extensive evidence of shocking historical sexual abuse in the Catholic Church over a five year period between 2013 and 2017.
Where Evil Resides, Evil Acts
People often ask us if the church or posh schools are the only institutions we act against in matters of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. The answer is a definitive “No!”
In today's’ Sydney Morning Herald we have read an article by their crimes reporter, Sally Rawsthorne, about the allegations of sexual acts with a twelve year old child, laid against Raymond...
The Salvation Army
Evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in a snapshot:
4,029 survivors of child sexual abuse gave evidence to the Royal Commission in private sessions into abuse in religious institutions
294 gave evidence about abuse in Salvation Army institutions (7.3%)
Of those 73.1% were male and 26.9% were female.
Average age at the time they were first abused – 10.3 years...
Employment Law: Is Your Contractor an Employee? If you get it wrong, what are the penalties?
The ATO (Australian Taxation Office) often issues guidelines for Employers to better understand the relationship they may have with their workers. It is important to get this relationship right from day one. Here are their six (6) basic questions to ask to help determine whether or not your worker...
Guide to the Sale and Purchase of a Small Business
What is a Small Business:
In Australia, businesses with less than 20 employees, or a turnover of less than AU$2 million per annum, are generally classified as small businesses. Small businesses account for almost 98% of businesses in Australia, and 35% of Australia’s gross domestic profit, employing 44% of Australia’s workforce.
Regardless of a vendor’s reason for selling a business, for a purchaser, especially an inexperienced...
The Salvation Army Boys Homes in New South Wales and Queensland
The Salvation Army operations in Australia are divided in those of the Eastern Territory (Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT) and the Southern Territory (Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory).
Additionally, the Salvation Army has long maintained a respected position in Australian society. As a charity and a church it engages...
Ross and Julia Koffel recently attended the Lowy Lecture on International Affairs presented by Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.
In his keynote speech Mr Morrison set out his vision for Australia’s place in the global community, and the need for our economy to remain open to the opportunities of sound trade relations with our global partners.
Since becoming Prime Minister in August 2018, Scott Morrison has...
What is a life Destroyed by Institutional Sexual Abuse of a Child Worth?
What goes on behind the scenes in an Institutional Child Sexual Abuse matter? Plenty!
It has recently been reported in The Age that a “Landmark” settlement of approximately $3 Million inclusive of costs had been achieved against the Catholic Church for abuses perpetrated against a child in the confessional by serial paedophile priest...
Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: Betrayal at the Hands of Those We Trusted
In another sad tale of abused children at the hands of trusted adults, swim instructor, Paul Frost, is currently under investigation for the grooming, indecent assault and aggravated sexual assault perpetrated against children between 1997 and 2009.
Sometimes the hardest part for victims can be that people holding the position of teacher or instructor,...