Entries by Joanne O'Brien

NFP’s and Donald Rumsfeld

Remember the Rumsfeld mantra about military intelligence – there are 3 types: Known knowns Known unknowns Unknown unknowns As lawyers we are trained and paid to know the law. For us, most of the law falls into the category of known knowns. Trouble is for many NFP’s it falls into the unknown unknowns either because […]

Recording Board Meetings

To record or not to record – that is the question. Opinions on what constitutes good governance or good practice in the board room are many and varied. One question that is frequently asked, particularly in relation to not for profit organisations is ‘Should board meetings be recorded?’  This article takes a brief look at […]

Amalgamations and Mergers – the downstream costs

Much is made of the benefits that can be derived from amalgamations and mergers of not for profit organisations. Those most often touted are the savings that can be gained from economies of scale and centralised back of house administration. There is far less talk about some downstream costs. I’m not referring to the obvious […]

The dynamics of deregulation in home care and disability services

The December 7 edition of The Weekly Source reported on a new arrangement between Home Instead Senior Care’s Gosford franchise and Meals on Wheels Central Coast.  Chris Baynes made an insightful comment when he described it as “an interesting concept. In effect you will have volunteers promoting a private home care service against local Not […]

The high cost of copyright infringement

A recent decision of the Federal Court[1] has highlighted the risky game that employees play when they take confidential information to a competitor, and the importance of employers picking the right battles, even when an employee has flagrantly stolen confidential information. The confidential information Mr Johnstone was a business development manager with SAI Global Property […]

An Introduction to Intellectual Property

In an increasingly competitive not-for-profit sector, the protection of your organisation’s valuable intellectual property is becoming more and more important. Having an understanding of intellectual property is the first step in identifying ways to protect your valuable intellectual property. This article will provide a brief summary of the different types of intellectual property, as well […]

Recognition by Doyles Guide to the Legal Profession

 Doyles Guide is an independent guide to the legal profession in Australia which ranks lawyers and law firms compiled through feedback from peers, clients and relevant industry bodies. We are proud to announce that Brian Herd has been named one of Queensland’s Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers in 2016.  The firm has also been […]

Airline Lounge Memberships Deductible

Click here to read an update from Whitehill Keir Accountants about airline lounge membership and FBT. Joanne O'BrienAn expert with years of experience in, and passion for, advising the not for profit sector in all aspects of their operations from creation, management, mergers and governance through to risk and compliance and beyond, particularly in the […]

New legislation commences prohibiting smoking in residential aged care

Earlier this year the Queensland Parliament passed the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products (Smoke-free Places) Amendment Act 2016, an act which introduced a number of new prohibitions on smoking in Queensland. In particular, the new laws introduced prohibitions on smoking at or near residential aged care facilities across Queensland. The new laws have now come […]

Home Care & Competition – Little things can make a big difference

This article was meant to be about a technical issue related to the delivery of Home Care post 27 February 2017 but, as I sat down to write, I received a phone call from my mother-in-law. Daphne has been receiving home care for about 3 years now and, like many people of her age, her […]