Publications

This fortnight’s edition includes an article involving Australian banks welcoming the release of a consultation paper regarding enforcement of industry codes. The banks intend to work with regulators and Treasury to identify any additional means to further enforce the new Banking Code of Practice.

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This fortnight AFCA welcomed recommendations from the Senate Inquiry into credit and financial services targeted at Australians at risk of financial hardship. The report made 20 recommendations, a number which relate to the work of AFCA.

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One of the key things of interest in this edition is the NSW Information Commissioner’s release of the eighth annual Report on the operation of the GIPA Act 2017-2018.  This Report is a comprehensive assessment of the operation of the right to information legislation in New South Wales. It promotes greater transparency for the NSW […]

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This edition comments on a number of recent developments relevant to public sector lawyers in Victoria. The past fortnight was dominated by revelations relating to several IBAC investigations on police misconduct and issues with police practices. We also include a reference to the new Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018 that came into effect on 1 March […]

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The Retirement Villages Amendment Act 2018 (NSW) (Amendment Act) introduced a number of changes to the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (NSW) (Act). On 15 February, a number of sections of the reforms were proclaimed to commence on 1 July 2019. This follows an earlier proclamation made on 11 February in relation to the other sections […]

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This edition includes reference to the expanded terms of reference of the Royal Commission into Informants, the Ombudsman’s review of complaint handling processes in local government and the Law Reform Commission’s review of the State’s committal system. We also note some important decisions, including a Victorian Legal Services Commission’s successful appeal in a case involving […]

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This fortnight saw the release of the new AAT website, the Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference being amended and claims of judicial overreach.  

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It has been a busy time as all stakeholders review and consider their response to recommendations arising from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. Legislation was passed through the Senate to significantly increase criminal and civil penalties for corporate and financial sector misconduct, and an announcement has been […]

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The Retirement Villages Amendment Act 2018 (NSW) (Amendment Act) was assented to on 28 November 2018. It is the first legislative response to the Greiner review of the retirement village sector in NSW. Our summary of the main changes being introduced by the Amendment Act is available here. The Amendment Act does not commence until […]

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With the Hayne report for the Banking Royal Commission handed down, this edition includes a wrap up of the potential upheaval coming for Australian banks.

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