Young delivery cyclists 13 times more likely to be injured

Since Covid lockdowns began, we’ve seen a huge increase in delivery riders for companies like Uber Eats and Doordash. It’s a challenging job, tight deadlines, hard-work, usually poorly-paid, and presents real danger from traffic and abuse. A new report has found delivery cyclists are thirteen times more likely than recreational cyclists to present to an emergency department between 8pm and midnight, yet the injuries largely go unreported.

Commercial delivery riders are often injured on the job during the busy evening delivery period, and whilst they sub-contract to huge multinationals, they are often not covered by Medicare. Under Australian labour laws, being an independent contractor means not being entitled to minimum wage, sick leave and annual leave. Delivery cyclists are most likely to be young males, eleven times more likely to have a primary language that is not English. At least five food delivery riders in NSW, all from migrant backgrounds, were killed in two months in late 2020 in road accidents while on the job.

Why injures may not be reported

FEAR. One of the most common reasons people don’t speak up when a workplace incident occurs is because they are afraid – their fear is of the unknown. Employees don’t know what the repercussions will be if they report the incident, and they worry that this action might bring some kind of punishment.

POWERLESSNESS. Add a sense of powerlessness as young employees report that they feel they have less influence in the workplace because of their age and inexperience which keeps them from telling their supervisor about safety concerns or injuries. They also report feeling they do not have a voice that can help change something in the workplace. In the context of workplace safety, that could mean making recommendations, sharing ideas with any supervisor, refusing to perform dangerous work or even the empowerment of calling a safety representative to report a concern or incident.

“DON’T MAKE ANY NOISE “  Interestingly,  employees with more seniority in the same job, have an approach of not reporting injuries because they understand that is a normal part of getting the job done. Many employees have different definitions for injuries and do not report those that they understand are “small” and do not think they can anything to do to prevent them. Not understanding when an injury is work-related and accepting discomfort and even pain as part of the job. They fear that “making noise” will limit them to keep their current job or aspire for growth in the organization

 Appointing a Lawyer can make a fairer difference

 38% of respondents who had been involved in an incident, did not report it because they felt they may be met with anger or that nothing would be done as a result. Australians typically are reluctant to sue, but when you have suffered losses due to the actions of someone else, it’s important to know what you’re entitled to in terms of compensation. If you’re not sure what to do in this upsetting time, the Brisbane personal injury lawyers at Phoenix Law – compassionate experienced Injury Lawyers,  are here to help.

You will more than likely need help with medical expenses, loss of earnings, physical and psychological suffering, or loss of enjoyment of life. CALL 1800-GET-HELP or see +61 (07) 3180 0908 #workinjury #qldlaw #workerscompensation #injury 

Whether you were injured in an accident, at work, or on private or public property, our knowledgeable and compassionate lawyers can help you understand and help you speak up.

Worker compensated for hand sanitiser throat injury at Adelaide School.

Hand sanitiser has become prolific since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. For a school support worker, at Hallet Cove School in Adelaide, it has contributed to a throat injury. On April 28, 2020, and again a week later, Tracey Reimers breathed in fumes from hand sanitiser that had been introduced to the school. Feeling like she had something stuck in the back of her throat, and always needed to cough, the laryngeal sensitivity — was relieved by a Botox injection to her throat in August 2020. The condition was aggravated after Ms Reimers breathed in mist from a fan a girl had brought into a classroom in February 2021 and found it worse when working with older students, who used more deodorant, perfume and aftershave.

The South Australian Employment Tribunal ruled that the woman should be reinstated with the Department for Education, and will be paid for work loss and medical expenses. The Brisbane personal injury lawyers at Phoenix Law   are here to help you with personal injury compensation.

You may need help with medical expenses, loss of earnings, physical and psychological suffering, or loss of enjoyment of life. CALL 1800-GET-HELP or see +61 (07) 3180 0908 #workinjury #handsanitiser #qldlaw #workerscompensation #injury

A Sydney bus driver has been awarded compensation after an altercation with a train station attendant who refused to let him use the toilet, leaving him “extremely stressed and upset” in May 2021 in Campbelltown.

He arrived at Macarthur Station in the early hours of the morning needing “to do one and two”, but found the toilets locked as the train station attendant would not unlock the toilet doors, saying he had not had a chance to clean them.

After pleading several times, the driver turned away, and the attendant “pushed him on his back”. The attendant eventually unlocked the toilet, and the driver later completed an injury report form, describing it as “assault”.

He told the commission the incident and subsequent disciplinary meetings at work had exacerbated his anxiety and depression. The driver lodged a claim with Transdev’s worker’s compensation insurer GIO for medical expenses, being $900 for consultations with a psychologist and $3240 for future appointments, also with a psychologist.

GIO disputed the claim. The matter was heard before the commission, which this month ruled in the driver’s favour. “I am satisfied that the applicant sustained a psychological injury on May 2, 2021,” senior member Kerry Haddock said. “That injury was an aggravation of a disease, to which his employment was the main contributing factor.” She noted the driver’s supervisor described him as an “excellent worker”. “I accept that the treatment proposed is appropriate,” she said
This story will resonate with any Australians working long hours away from the home.

If you have suffered a similar incident, please talk to our expert personal injury lawyers in Brisbane & QLD now. PHOENIX LAW & ASSOCIATES run claims on a No Win-No Fee Basis. CALL US NOW +61 (07) 3180 0908 |or 1800-GET-HELP |e; |Level 16  300 Adelaide Street, Brisbane QLD.

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현재 소유하고 있는 집에 홍수가 났어요 – 3월 1일 2022

비극적이게도, 현재 많은 퀸즐랜드주 주민들이 홍수 문제를 해결해야 하므로 집을 구매하거나 매매를 하는데 있어서 걱정하는게 당연합니다. 이러한 문제로 도움이 필요하시거나 자세한 내용을 원하신다면 0732362852로 전화 또는 1800GETHELP로 문의하거나 으로 이메일을 보내주세요. 다음 내용들은 일반적인 정보만을 위한 것이며 고객님께서 도움이 필요하시다면 저희에게 꼭 연락을 주시기 바랍니다.

계약 체결 후 홍수나 사이클론으로 인해 집이 파손되거나 영향을 받은 이유로 상대방이 계약에서 자동적으로 철수할 수 있는 권리는 없습니다. 이러한 권리는 집이 너무 심하게 훼손되어 철거가 필요한 경우에도 적용이 됩니다. 대부분의 집 계약에서는 계약이 체결된 후 집에 대한 손상위험은 구매자에게 이전된다고 명시하고 있습니다 (이에 대한 일반적인 예외는 결제가 완료될 때 까지 위험이 생기지 않는 ‘계획에서 벗어난’ 계층계약 입니다).

이 뜻은 구매자가 모든 가격을 결제하고 지불해야 한다는 것을 의미합니다. 구매자가 홍수나 사이클론으로 인한 피해가 보상되는 경우 자신의 보험에 띠라 청구할 수 있습니다. 하지만 판매자가 홍수로 인한 피해로부터 재산을 보호하기 위한 합리적인 조치를 취하지 않은 경우 예외가 발생할 수 있습니다 (예를 들어 판매자가 홍수로 인해 손상된 집이 모래주머니를 통해 손상을 방지할 수 있는 경우). 이것은 개인의 상황에 따라 달라질 것입니다.

현 계약에 법적 구속력/법적 효력이 있나요? 먼저 계약이 성립되었는지 고려해야 합니다 (이는 일반적으로 판매자가 구매자의 제안을 수락하고 구매자 또는 구매자의 변호사에게 계약을 수락한 사실을 알릴 때 발생합니다). 따라서 계약에 법적 효력이 성립되기 전까지 구매자는 자유롭게 철회하고 보증금을 회수 할 수 있습니다. 계약이 체결되더라도 구매자는5일동안 불일치한 의견 차이를 해결할 수 있는 기간 (cooling-period)이 주어집니다.

판매자의 의무는 무엇인가요? 판매자의 의무가 달리 개정되지 않는 한, 양도계약의 표준 조건은 계약이 형성된 후 집에 대한 위험성이 구매자에게 이전되는 조항을 제공합니다. 따라서 계약이 체결된 후 판매자는 모든 결제가 완료될 때까지 집을 합리적으로 관리해야 합니다. 이는 판매자가 추가 피해를 방지하기 위해 홍수가 난 집에서 물과 진흙을 제거해야 한다는 것을 의미합니다. 그러나 판매자는 모든 합의가 끝나기 전 수리를 할 필요가 없습니다 (예를 들어: 카펫 교체, 재도장). 하지만 홍수 이후 판매자가 집을 청소하지 않는 경우 구매가 보상권만 부여될 뿐 해지권은 부여되지 않습니다.

조건부로 계약서 작성 – 위에서 언급한 바와 같이, ‘불일치한 의견 차이를 해결할 수 있는’ 기간 동안 구매자는 어떤 이유로든 가격의 0.25%의 위약금으로 계약을 해지할 수 있습니다. 다른 계약들의 경우 일부 계약의 경우, 계약에 의해 집/건물이 여전히 인스펙션 대상이었으며 홍수가 난 이후로 인스펙션이 이뤄졌으나 구매자가 만족하지 않는 경우 구매자께서는 계약을 해지할 권리를 가질 수 있습니다. 또한 구매자가 계약을 해지할 수 있는 다른 조건들이 있을 수 있으므로 변호사와 상담을 추천합니다.

무조건부 계약 – 1974년 재산법 64조에 의하면 ‘주거주택 (단지 포함)이 정착일 이전에 주거로 입주하기에 부적합이 있는 경우 매입자가 계약을 해지할 수 있도록 하고 있습니다. 그러나 단지 홍수 피해로 이해 자동적으로 ‘입주하기 부적격’이 되는 것은 아닙니다. 따라서 판매자분들은 주거지가 거주하기에 적합하다는 결론을 내릴 수 있게 집/건물의 인스펙션 보고서를 가주고 있어야 합니다. 또한 당사자들은 재산법 64에 의해 집을 위한 합의를 연장할 수 있습니다.

금융 – 홍수 피해로 인해 금융 대출기간이 새로운 가치평가가 필요한가요? 이러한 평가가 쌓이지 않으면 대출자가 금융을 회수해 구매자가 결제할 수 없는 처지에 놓일 수 있습니다. 따라서 구매자는 은행이나 중개업자에게 구매 자금을 조달할 수 있는지 대해서 상담을 해야 합니다. 또한 금융기간들이 자연재해의 영향을 받는 경우, 필요한 금액의 금융을 준비하고 정산에 필요한 자금을 제공할 수 있는지 확인을 해야 합니다.

보험; 구매자가 계약을 체결한 후 보험을 주선했다면 보험중개사를 통해 수해보험에 가입되어 있는지 확인해야 합니다. 이러한 이유는 많은 보험회사들은 홍수가 자주 발생하는 지역 주택에 대해서는 수해보험을 제공하지 않는 경향이 있습니다. 구매자가 보험에 가입되어 있지 않은 경우, 그들은 소유 또는 주거지에 정착할 때까지 판매자의 보험 정책에 따라 약간의 보호를 받을 수 있습니다.

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Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders –

​​​​​​​​​Due to workforce shortages;

The Treasurer and the Minister announced this week that temporary arrangements have been put in place to relax the 40 hours per fortnight cap on working hours of Student Visa holders to assist with Australia’s economic recovery. The limitation has been lifted for work in any sector of the economy.

This temporary arrangement came into effect immediately in an announcement on 19 January 2022. These arrangements will be reviewed by the Government in April 2022.

While these measures are in place:

  • students must maintain their course enrolment, attendance and satisfactory progress

Home Affairs and the ABF will not:

  • cancel the visas of students working more than 40 hours per fortnight
  • not refer students for breaches of s235 of the Act related to working hours
  • not refer employers or labour-hire companies for investigation for allowing students to work in breach of their visa conditions

Further information is available on the Home Affairs website.    

Or talk to the PHOENIX LAW TEAM now. CALL 1800GETHELP See or email #phoenixlaw #propertylaw #familylaw #commerciallaw #queenslandlaw #homeaffairs  #immigrationlaw


Commercial and Conveyancing Paralegal –   Phoenix Law & Associates is a boutique law firm located in the heart of the Brisbane CBD.

We are seeking a Commercial and Conveyancing Paralegal to join our growing team. It is expected that the predominant areas of involvement will be residential and commercial conveyancing, business purchase and sales as well as leasing.


Routine tasks include;


Review of contracts and close liaison with solicitors to protect client interests, drafting client and third party correspondence, drafting first drafts of advices on standard contracts and leases and maintenance of client files.

Due to the nature of our clientele, the right applicant will be required to be competent at a business/commercial level to read, write and speak both English and Chinese (Mandarin).


The ideal candidate will:


Be organised and have high attention to detail
Mature minded
Has great time management
Be able to take and follow instructions
Be able to work as part of a team and by yourself
Be able to use Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Outlook
Have good communication skills both written and spoken
Have relevant experience such as administration role, legal secretary or paralegal
Has a strong work ethic and keen interest to learn


What you can expect from us:


Opportunity for your role to grow with the business
You’ll be welcomed into a close-knit team of friendly, genuine people
Desirable team culture and morale
Enjoyable work-life balance
Lots of extra benefits such as team lunches, massages, monthly morning teas, rewards for reaching targets
This is a full-time role, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.

We are seeking a candidate who can commence immediately/as soon as possible.

Please note that applications from agencies will not be considered at this time.


Apply by email to:

With Phoenix Law, you’ll get big firm talent and small firm culture. We’ll treat you like a person, not just a case number.



Lunar New Year is on Friday 12 February this year and it’s the lucky Year of the Ox.

It’s called the Lunar New Year because it marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars which are regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun. The Lunar New Year (often called Chinese New Year) is celebrated by many East Asian countries.

The zodiac sign of the Ox occupies the second position in the Chinese Zodiac. Those born under the influence of the Ox are fortunate to be stable and persevering.

The typical Ox is a tolerant person with a strong character.

Oxen are the hard workers in the background, intelligent and reliable, but never demanding praise. Years of the Ox are: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021. Were you born in the “Year of the Ox”?

Members of our team born in the year of the Ox are your best advocates, intelligent, reliable, guiding you in your legal and life decisions.   At Phoenix Law & Associates, we have a multilingual team to help you rise from the ashes.

Chinese Zodiac Calendar
While you may have heard of the 12-year Chinese zodiac calendar, represented by 12 different animals, it’s actually far more complicated. A year isn’t just categorized by its zodiac animal. There’s also a complex sexagenary cycle — a combination of one of 10 heavenly stems and one of 12 earthly branches.
For example, February 12 marks the beginning of the xin chou year, according to the sexagenary cycle. “Xin” represents the heavenly stem for the element metal, while “chou” is the earthly branch symbol for ox, making it the Year of the Metal Ox.
Thierry Chow, a Hong Kong-based feng shui master
“The year of xin chou will have a strong emphasis on the yin metal element,” she says. “The metal element represents anything sparkly from jewelry to the needle of a syringe. So we can see a bigger emphasis on industries related to metal in 2021.
“The ox, in Chinese culture, is a hardworking zodiac sign. It usually signifies movements so, hopefully, the world will be less static than last year and get moving again in the second half of the year.”
Many people take the 60-year calendar very seriously and believe each person’s own birth sign will be affected differently by the year’s heavenly stems and earthly branches. So the calendar plays an important role in making huge life decisions for the year ahead, such as whether they should get married or start a business.

Lunar New Year 2021 The Year of the Ox

February 12 marks the start of the Year of the Metal Ox.
Normally, Lunar New Year fairs will be set up during the last days of the lunar year, most selling trinkets and flowers for the new year. But because of the pandemic, many cities have downsized or cancelled their festivities.
The year usually wraps up with a big family reunion dinner on Lunar New Year’s Eve, which falls on February 11 this year.
The Menu
The menu is carefully chosen to include dishes associated with luck, including fish (the Chinese word for it sounds like the word for “surplus”), puddings (symbolizes advancement) and foods that look like gold ingots (like dumplings).
Do wear red, don’t wash your hair. or buy shoes.
Families tend to have different sets of rules and traditions, but most will bless each other with auspicious words like “san tai gin hong” or “shen ti jian kang” (wish you good health).
There are plenty of other rules and superstitions attached to the Lunar New Year. For instance, don’t wash or cut your hair on the first day of the new year. The Chinese character for hair is the first character in the word for prosper. Therefore washing or cutting it off is seen as washing your fortune away.
You’ll also want to avoid purchasing footwear for the entire lunar month, as the term for shoes (haai) sounds like losing and sighing in Cantonese. Do, however, wear red. It’s associated with luck and prosperity.
All year round,  Phoenix Law & Associates work hard to help you with your prosperity, business decisions and legal needs. 


At Phoenix Law, We Speak Your Language, and we understand your customs.  

“In Japan, the New Year is the biggest celebration of the year. We have a proverb in Japan, “the total for the year is on New Year’s Day”. In other words, we symbolise the first of January of each year as being your new year coming. So most Japanese people will visit their local temples and shrines to pay respects to their ancestors and gods and pray for the prosperous year.

Traditionally the New Year dish In Japan is called “Osechi”. Osechi are traditional foods which are the variety of Japanese traditional foods packed together in “Jubako” which is special box that resembles bento boxes. It is prepared before the New Year so that the kitchen would not be used to give “the Kitchen God” rest during the new year festive period.

All of the ingredients in Osechi are meant for good health, fortune and prosperity for a year. For example, “Black beans” are eaten to encourage work and academic achievement. Prawns have long hair with bended backs, so that it symbolises old people and you eat them to pray for longevity.

Salted Herring Roe is eaten to pray for the prosperity of descendants. Mashed sweet potato with chestnuts is believed to raise money luck and fortune, and  Sweet Omelet is eaten to improve your knowledge. ” Hideki Shimizu,  Legal Practice Director, Lawyer , Registered Migration Agent (MARN 9900985)

Japanese Lawyers plus thirteen other languages 

In today’s transnational world, finding advisors and Japanese lawyers that can communicate with you about your legal needs in the language you’re most comfortable speaking is a must. At Phoenix Law, we are proud to be a multilingual law firm that celebrates diversity. We strive to assist you with your domestic and international affairs in the language you prefer speaking. At Phoenix Law, we speak thirteen languages in addition to English.  CALL US anytime at 1800GETHELP –  or read more at