NEWSLETTER: Victorian Public Sector Newsletter – Issue 82

14 May 2020

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Welcome to Issue 82 of the Victorian Public Sector Newsletter.

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions has loomed large this week, with both State and Federal Governments setting out roadmaps for cautiously easing the rules to return to normal.

In welcome news, to assist with the rise in demand for front line legal services the Australian Government as announced an additional $63.3 million to assist with increased caseloads in domestic violence, tenancy disputes and credit and debt related problems.

Privacy in the COVID-19 pandemic continues to remains an area of concern with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner concerned that Government Agencies and other organisations are struggling with their obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 while combatting the spread of COVID-19.

In the Courts, the Supreme Court has considered defamation in the context of an interest search engine provider publishing search results and a hyperlink to a web page. In an interlocutory hearing, the Supreme Court also considered whether there was a prima facie case that prison authorities breached their duty of care to protect the health of those in prison during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite an easing in restrictions, we must all continue to play our part by following the rules to protect our health system and each other, so we hope this fortnight’s edition of our Public Sector Newsletter will help you stay in touch.

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