Workers in the home – are you covered?

Injuries to household and domestic workers: Are you covered? Queensland Home and Contents insurance policies exclude injuries to Domestic Workers such as domestic cleaners, babysitters, nannies, gardeners and in-home carers, or in situations where a WorkCover Policy of insurance might respond. By legislation, WorkCover Queensland Household Worker Insurance Policy will protect home owners against these…

NBN…Cause for Alarm?

The rollout of the NBN network involves new technologies and some of your existing devices are unlikely to be compatible with the new system. Transitioning to the NBN can cause your alarm monitoring to stop working and consequently it is vital that you contact your alarm company to consider your options before performing your NBN…

Pool Safety in Queensland

Of Australia’s 280 drowning deaths in the year to June 2016, 45 occurred in backyard swimming pools according to The Royal Life Saving’s National Drowning Report 2016. In the Summer of 2016-2017, news headlines around the country have been dominated by a swag of reports of toddler drownings in backyard pools. Given the recent reports,…

New domestic smoke alarm laws

From January 2017, new fire smoke alarm laws apply to domestic building owners. As of January 2017, any new dwelling or dwellings that are being substantially renovated must comply with the new regulations.   This includes: Only photoelectric smoke alarms are to be installed Any smoke alarm over 10 years old must be replaced by…

Insurance health check

Forget New Year’s Resolutions, at the beginning of 2017, it’s time to have a health check of your business and have a look at five mistakes you might be making with regards to your insurance. 1. Not regularly reviewing your insurance policies Don’t leave it to once a year (usually at renewal time) to review your…

Conditional registration with motor vehicles

Once a vehicle has been conditionally registered it should be treated in the same way as any other registered vehicle and should be duly insured under a Motor Vehicle Insurance Policy. It’s a legal requirement that all vehicles that require any access to gazetted roads and public places, such as car parks, must now have…

Game of Drones

The Civil Aviation safety authority (CASA) have recently relaxed their regulations to reduce the cost and legal requirements around the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (drones). While there are currently more than 700 registered commercial drone operators, with approvals doubling each year, it’s thought that the result of this relaxation will lead to even further…

Workplace culture is the driver for new recruits

Hiring for attitude and culture has become the new hash tag. The shift has gone from hiring someone who has a certain skill set to finding someone who will fit perfectly within your Workplace Culture. But what is Workplace Culture? Workplace Culture is defined as the character and personality of your organisation. It’s what makes…

Exit stage left

Although the baby boomers are increasingly heading towards retirement, a recent survey revealed that less than 20% of the owners of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) have any formal strategy in place to address their exit from the business. What’s particularly surprising about this, is that to be successful in business, planning is essential and…