Publications

This fortnight saw the introduction of legislation into parliament that allows survivors of sexual assault and their families to tell their stories, which the Law Institute of Victoria has welcomed. Meanwhile, more non-government schools have signed up to the Government’s respectful relationships program, which is aimed at, amongst other things, the embedding of attitudes that […]

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Welcome to Issue 88 of our Banking Sector Newsletter. In this issue, consultations by ASIC on proposed reforms to its guidance on hawking financial products are closing soon. The reforms flow from recommendations from the Hayne Royal Commission that found consumers should be protected from being sold financial products they don’t need or want. The revised hawking […]

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Update 19 August 2021: These new laws came into effect after receiving Royal Assent on 13 August 2021, now allowing companies and registered schemes to undertake electronic execution of documents and hold virtual meetings until 31 March 2022. In addition to our summary below, the new laws permit the following: Companies and registered schemes are […]

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Welcome to Issue 116 of the NSW Public Sector Newsletter. The NSW Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Tydd, has released the tenth Report on the Operation of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) for 2019–2020, which has been tabled in Parliament – marking a decade of reporting. Under section 37 of the Government Information (Information Commissioner) Act […]

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Welcome to Issue 54 of the SA Public Sector Newsletter. Cyber security features in this fortnight’s newsletter, with the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) issuing a joint advisory with its counterparts in the United States and United Kingdom, setting out the top 30 cyber-security vulnerabilities exploited by malicious cyber actors since 2020. The ACSC advised […]

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The Federal Court has found an artificial intelligence system is capable of being an “inventor” under Australian patent law in a decision that looks to have wide ranging implications. The first official report has been released into the operation of the COVIDSafe app, which indicates the app has been rarely used because of low community […]

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Update 1 September 2021: The Regulations have now been released. We provide a breakdown of the process and what you need to know here. On 28 July 2021, the Victorian Government announced the reintroduction of the Commercial Tenancies Relief Scheme (2021 CTRS) and legislation was introduced into Parliament on 3 August 2021. While the Regulations […]

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Welcome to Issue 87 of our Banking Sector Newsletter. In this issue, we refer to a submission by the Australian Banking Association supporting legislation to make permanent the temporary reforms that were introduced to enable businesses to use technology for sending and signing documents and holding meetings due to COVID-19.  We also refer to the Federal Government […]

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Welcome to Issue 115 of the NSW Public Sector Newsletter. On 19 July 2021, her Honour Justice Fullerton found former NSW Labor government ministers Ian Macdonald and Eddie Obeid, and Mr Obeid’s son Moses, guilty of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. The men had been charged over the granting of a mining exploration licence […]

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A recent decision in the New South Wales Supreme Court, has clarified obligations of landlords and tenants under the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 (NSW) and the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19. The case of Darzi Group Pty Ltd v Nolde Pty Ltd [2021] […]

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