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Cite as: September 2014 88 (09) LIJ, p.64

ATO app

www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Ind/ATO-Tax-2013-app

For the person who loves to number crunch and work out percentages and figures in their head, sadly this app isn’t for you. For the rest of us who need a bit of assistance with numbers, the Australian Tax Office has recently updated its app to make it even easier to use. This new app contains calculators to work out your business’s superannuation guarantee contributions or your fuel tax credits. If you are a self-managed super fund trustee you can also use the app to locate relevant information on tax and superannuation obligations. This is a free download or upgrade from Google Play, Windows Phone Store or the Apple App Store.

New Zealand Judicial Decisions Online

https://forms.justice.govt.nz/jdo/Introduction.jsp

The Judicial Decisions Online website provides a database that can be searched to locate decisions from various New Zealand courts including the High Court, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. While most decisions are uploaded onto the site at least three days after being handed down, those which are considered of public interest are made available within a day of delivery. If prominent cases are of interest to you, you can easily subscribe to receive the “Judicial Decision notification” email.

Australian Policy Online

http://apo.org.au

The Australian Policy Online website contains a research database with more than 20,000 listings of material relevant to public policy in both Australia and New Zealand. Australian Policy Online is a non-profit project that partners with some of the Victorian universities and aims to provide access to full text reports, papers and statistics on the development and implementation of policy. Its free weekly email newsletter, Weekly Briefing, provides updates on research locally and overseas as well as other news such as jobs, events and relevant courses.

Family Drug Treatment Court

www.childrenscourt.vic.gov.au/jurisdictions/child-protection/family-drug-treatment-court

With the establishment of a Family Drug Treatment Court as a pilot program in Victoria in May this year, it is useful to see what information is available online. Such detail can be located on the Children’s Court website under the “Child Protection” menu. The page initially provides information on how the court will work and the eligibility criteria as to who can participate. Further links include information flyers for parents and other family members as well as how the assessment and progress reviews will be determined.

The Law Society of Tasmania

http://lst.org.au

The Law Society of Tasmania has launched its new website and the first thing to notice is that the home page has an enhanced searchable database to locate current Tasmanian law firms. The register allows you to search by firm name, region or area of practice. Individual lawyers can also be located through this feature. The new site also allows practitioners to register and pay for CPD events online and to apply for a new practising certificate.

Dispute Support

www.asbc.gov.au/disputesupport

Dispute Support is an online tool launched by the Australian Small Business Commissioner to assist business in locating information on dispute resolution. The site first states the different types of disputes that may occur and then steps through the most appropriate services available. There are also tips on how to avoid such disputes in future as well as publications and explanatory notes to better understand the five phases of the alternative dispute resolution process.

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