6 Crucial Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas in 2022

If you are spending your holiday in Australia, you must know a few things to have a fun, peaceful, and safe holiday.

Must-known tips to drink safely for the Holiday season!

Tip 1: The legal amount of alcohol consumption varies by your license.

The legal limit for the amount of alcohol you can have in Australia depends on your license.

You are not allowed to drink if you are a learner, a provisional driver, or any of the following:
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Tip 2: Standard drink is only a guide and is not 100% accurate in determining your BAC level.

One standard drink will normally result in a BAC of about 0.01% to 0.02%.

However, you should not rely on it as a BAC varies by gender, age, height, weight, liver function, and recent consumption of food.

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Tip 3: Do not get drunk in public.

In Victoria, if you get drunk in public, you can be arrested and charged with public drunkenness.

In extreme situations, you can be placed in custody by police until you are sober.

Penalties for the offence can lead to on-the-spot fines and imprisonment.

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Must-known tips to travel smartly during the holiday season!

Tip 4: Look for help in a crisis overseas!

If you are holding an Australian passport and are affected by unforeseen incidents overseas, you should enquire and contact the Consular services provided by the Australian Government. 

If you are a Permanent/ Temporary Resident in Australia and are affected by unforeseen incidents overseas, you should enquire and contact Consular services provided by the government of your nationality.

If you are unsure about the nature of your incident and who to contact, you can always inquire at the Australian government website.

Tip 5: Do not bring these items back to Australia! Declare if you are required to!

We strongly advise you to browse the government website to confirm whether the items you want to bring back to Australia are categorised to be prohibited goods.

If you import prohibited goods, without the relevant written permission or license, your goods may be seized and destroyed. You could also face penalties of up to $525,000 and you could be sentenced to up to 10 years imprisonment.

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Tip 6: Make sure you are paying the holiday pay rates!

Employers are obliged to pay holiday rates if their workers work on a public holiday. We strongly advise you to refer to your awards as different awards will have different pay rates.

Please refer to Pay Calculator for more information.

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Canaan Lawyers will be closed from 24 December 2022 and will re-open on Monday 9 January 2023 at 9am.

If you require our urgent attention during this holiday closure, please contact us by filling in the enquiry form! We will get in touch with you as soon as possible.