Risk Control Sites

The following are sites worth accessing just to receive advice about how to reduce every day risks to yourself and your business.

Scam Watch

Tropical cyclone services

Tropical cyclone seasonal outlook
Issued at the beginning of the season to provide an estimate of the level of tropical cyclone activity in the coming season.
Tropical cyclone outlook
Issued daily throughout the tropical cyclone season. They provide a forecast up to three days in advance of the probability of cyclone development in the seas around Australia.
Tropical cyclone information bulletin
Issued when a cyclone is active in the Australian region, but is not expected to impact land-based communities within 48 hours.
Tropical cyclone watch
Issued if a cyclone is expected to affect coastal communities within 48 hours, but not expected within 24 hours.
Tropical cyclone warning
Issued if a cyclone is affecting or is expected to affect coastal communities within 24 hours.
Tropical cyclone advice for Norfolk Island
New Zealand is responsible for issuing cyclone Watches and Warnings for Norfolk Island. The Bureau of Meteorology provides a re-packaged version of the NZ advice
Technical bulletin
The Tropical Cyclone Technical Bulletin provides technical details about the cyclone.
Tropical cyclone forecast track map
Issued with tropical cyclone advices to give a graphical representation of the cyclone's past track forecast movement and its threat area.
Tropical cyclone forecast track maps: GIS Compatible Format
All current forecast map graphics available in GIS compatible format.
Registered user product - available in trial mode for 2008/09 then will be available thereafter on a cost-recovery basis.
Marine warnings
Marine warnings are issued for high seas and coastal waters threatened by cyclones.

Note that other specialised services are provided to key stakeholders - like emergency service organisations. These generally provide detailed technical information to assist these organisations in planning disaster mitigation strategies. 

Latest News

Illegal or unsuitable cladding now a big issue

Why we have laws, regulations and Australian standards? Because some people just do the wrong thing all for the sake of making money. The cladding issue is the subject of 4 Corners program on the ABC.

We are already seeing Insurance policies now placing exclusion endorsements into their policies excluding and claims relating to illegal cladding. We are seeing Governments demanding Audits of all existing buildings above a certain height. There are accusations of Builders taking other short cuts such as on Wiring, Pipes and sprinkler systems. 

The question is, who is to blame? Who will take responsibility?

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Small business in NSW

Right after the NSW Government have reimposed Fire Service Levies, they have at least made an effort for small business. The government has announced it will abolish stamp duty on a number of policies taken out by a small business. This is an important change.

What is a small business? In order to gain the exemptions, the business must be a small business for Capital Gains Tax Purposes for the income year in which the insurance is effected or renewed. A small business for CGT purposes is: “an individual, partnership, company or trust that is carrying on a business, and has an aggregated turnover of less than $2 million.”

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