Lessons from 12 months of notifiable data breaches in Australia

The notifiable data breach regime under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) has now been in place for a little over 12 months. Earlier this week the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner released a 12-month Insights Report which contains some interesting statistics and observations. Statistics – notifiable data breaches Extrapolating from the full-year statistics for […]

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Employment Lifecycle Series | Managing employees’ poor performance

You have successfully recruited the right candidate and prepared the new recruit for success through your effective and structured induction program. Unfortunately, employees do not always perform to the standard that is required or expected, or you may receive a complaint about an employee regarding an incident which can be regarded as misconduct. At this […]

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Provider registrations by the NDIS Commission

In order to successfully obtain provider registration through the NDIS Commission, disability service providers must: Comply with the new conditions of registration and the NDIS Practice Standards; Complete a self-assessment against the NDIS Practice Standards; Complete an audit against the NDIS Practice Standards by a certified auditing body; Comply with the new NDIS Code of […]

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Seven Year Hitch – PPSR turns 7 years old

Damian Walsh, Special Counsel, Melbourne On 30 January 2012 the “Personal Property Securities Register” (PPSR) commenced operations. The PPSR is an electronic register of security interests which was established under section 147 of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA). This commencement date of 30 January 2012 means that on 30 January 2019 the […]

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NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, what will it mean for providers and participants in residential aged care?

  Background to the NDIS Commission The NDIS Commission is intended to improve the quality of NDIS services by implementing national legislation that eliminates duplication across the registration and quality assurance of NDIS providers. As the NDIS Commission is rolled out across the country, multijurisdictional providers may find themselves holding registrations under the NDIS Commission […]

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Banks to take extra care with vulnerable customers

The new Banking Code of Practice, which commences on 1 July 2019, requires member banks to train their staff to take extra care with vulnerable customers, by acting with sensitivity, respect and compassion.

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Common PPS Registration errors – what to do about them

Clementine Woodhouse, Associate, Sydney To download this image as a PDF click here: Common PPS registration errors – E-update_Final

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Death and taxes – one’s really going to hurt

As you will be aware, between February and May each year, the State Revenue Office issues land tax assessments for the calendar year to Victorian land owners (except where all landholding is exempt). The 2019 land tax assessment assesses landholdings owned by a land owner as at midnight on 31 December 2018. With property prices […]

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PPSR Registrations – the importance of getting it right

Authored by Matthew Trinca, Senior Associate With the commencement of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) now more than seven years behind us, the importance of registering your security interests and getting the registrations right has become very apparent.  A number of cases over these years demonstrate the cost of not having appropriate […]

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Major changes to privacy law announced – but will they be implemented?

Key points Commonwealth Government announces large increases to penalties for privacy breaches Regulator to receive funding boost and additional enforcement powers Social media sites and other online platforms face further specific privacy requirements Looming Federal election leaves some uncertainty over whether changes will be implemented Mosque massacre prompts Government into action on privacy law reform […]

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The duty of care of a public authority

A recent Queensland decision[1] raises the important issue as to when a pubic authority, in the exercise of its statutory powers, will owe a common law duty of care to the public. In 2012, a three-year old child was hit and fatally injured in the carpark area of a Hungry Jack’s restaurant complex.  The driver […]

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Application of the RLA

Just when you thought navigating Victoria’s retail legislation couldn’t get any more complicated. A recent decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in Bulk Powders Pty Ltd v Seicon Pty Ltd (Building and Property) [2018] VCAT 2000 bucks the trend when it comes to determining the application of the Retail Leases Act 2003 […]

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