Publications

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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In this edition, we note the OVIC has published a new guide in relation to child information sharing, some interesting observations from the profession in relation to complaints against police and a review of the National Disability Agreement. We also note some interesting decisions in relation to applications for information pursuant to the Freedom of […]

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This edition includes the unanimous decision of the High Court of Australia in Unions NSW & Ors v State of New South Wales handed down on 29 January 2019 to the effect that s 29(10) of the Electoral Funding Act 2018 (NSW) is invalid because it impermissibly burdens the freedom of communication on governmental matters implied and protected […]

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This edition focuses on AFCA’s first month in operation, where they have already received 6,522 complaints from consumers and small businesses and over 13,000 phone enquiries.

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