NEWSLETTER: Victorian Public Sector – Issue 97

26 February 2021

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We are pleased to welcome you back to our Public Sector Newsletter, the first for 2021. 

Despite COVID-19 continuing to dominate the news, cases in Victoria and Australia fortunately remain relatively low.  However, issues flowing from Government responses to the impacts of COVID-19 continue to arise, including in the alleged fraudulent receipt of JobKeeper payments.

In other news, privacy continues to remain a focus for the Public Sector, with new tools being developed to enhance security over sensitive personal information and consideration being given to the personal data large technology firms are able to access.

In Court decisions, the High Court has considered in Gerner v Victoria [2020] HCA 48 whether directions under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) infringed upon any freedom of movement implicit in the Australian Constitution.  In another interesting decision, the Supreme Court of Victoria has considered in She v RMIT University & Anor [2021] VSC 2 the assistance to be afforded to a self-represented litigant by the Court and whether a failure to provide such assistance results in a denial of procedural fairness and natural justice.

We hope you enjoy this edition of our Public Sector Newsletter and we look forward to continuing to provide you with relevant updates and news throughout 2021.

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