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Victorian Government Bulletin

29 September 2021


Victorian Government Bulletin

In the media

Privacy concerns cast shadow over vaccination passports
The lack of a clear blueprint for vaccination ‘passports’ that addresses public concerns around safety and security risks is undermining the implementation of vaccine mandates, warns the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology (10 September 2021).  More...

HRLC: Human rights charter needed to protect press freedom and public debate in Australia
Australia's journalists and whistleblowers are under increasing threat and urgently need better legal protections, the Human Rights Law Centre has advised in a submission to a Senate inquiry examining free speech and press freedom (09 September 2021).  More...

Commissioner finds delays foiling FoI
The Victorian Information Commissioner has called for a wide-ranging review of the State’s freedom of information laws, following an investigation into delay in the disclosure of Government documents (02 September 2021).  More...

Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen make recommendations to support Open by Design Principles
Australian Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen published an authoritative statement to promote the proactive release of information. The Open by Design Principles have been released ahead of International Access to Information Day on 28 September (24 September 2021).  More...

Victoria embarks on govt cyber security uplift
The Victorian government has outlined a significant program of work under its new cyber security strategy to uplift cyber security resilience across the public sector and boost industry opportunities (20 September 2021).  More...

In practice and courts

Update to the family law profession: Commencement of the new FCFCOA
The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia released information last week outlining changes to court operations that will occur on the commencement of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) from 1 September 2021. The attached provides an overview of changes to the FCFCOA’s harmonised rules, practice directions, forms and website.

Law Council update
The Law Council produces a fortnightly newsletter which highlights the Law Council's important activities and advocacy, along with any relevant media and events stakeholders would be interested in.
3 September 2021
17 September 2021

AAT Bulletin
The AAT Bulletin is a weekly publication containing a list of recent AAT decisions and information relating to appeals against AAT decisions
Issue No. 18/2021, 6 September 2021
Issue No. 19/2021, 20 September 2021

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications: Draft Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Determination 2021 consultation
We are seeking submissions on an exposure draft of the Online Safety (Basic Online Safety Expectations) Determination 2021. The draft determination sets out the government’s demands for providers that offer a social media service, “relevant electronic service” or “designated internet service”, including the nine principle-based “core expectations” included in the Act. View the consultation and consultation paper. Submissions to the consultation close on 15 October 2021.


Supreme Court of Australia library bulletin
The Law Library of Victoria produces a fortnightly bulletin that summarises the latest legislation and cases for the Victorian jurisdiction, as well as High Court of Australia cases. Download the most recent Library Bulletin:
Law Library Bulletin No 17 (fortnight ending 10 September 2021)
Law Library Bulletin No 18 (fortnight ending 23 September 2021)

Supreme Court Victoria Practice Notes – September 2021
Notice to the Profession – Changes to file inspections and affidavits for proceedings in the Common Law Division and Commercial Court.

Appointments – Magistrates' Court of Victoria
The Governor in Council has appointed five new Magistrates, including three members of our Bar, His Honour Magistrate Lawrence, Her Honour Magistrate Hollingworth and Her Honour Magistrate Lynch. The appointments are effective from 21 September 2021.

VGSO: OHS Update
Significant changes to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation passed the Parliament and received Royal Assent this week, introducing changes affecting all Victorian Public Sector employers (23 September 2021).  More...


Inquiry into whether Victoria should participate in a national electoral roll platform – have your say
The Electoral Matters Committee is accepting submissions to its Inquiry into whether Victoria should participate in a national electoral roll program. Submissions close on 22 October 2021.  More...

Inquiry into Commonwealth support for Victoria – have your say
The Legislative Assembly Economy and Infrastructure Committee is accepting submissions to its Inquiry into Commonwealth support for Victoria. Submissions close on 29 October 2021.  More...

Legal Aid Brief eNewsletter
Legal Aid Brief is Victoria Legal Aid's ​fortnightly eNewsletter that keeps you up to date with legal aid matters.  More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

National COVID-19 privacy principles
OAIC: 2 September 2021
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and state and territory privacy commissioners and ombudsmen have produced the following universal privacy principles to support a nationally consistent approach to solutions and initiatives designed to address the ongoing risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  More...

Corruption risks associated with government-funded human services delivered by community organisations
IBAC research report: 01 September 2021
Highlights the corruption risks and drivers that can be experienced by CSOs and identifies ways to mitigate the risks.  More...

Managing conflicts of interest in procurement
VAGO: Tabled: 8 September 2021
This report looks at four separate allegations of conflict of interest in procurement and considers whether agencies followed relevant procurement policies and procedures when they engaged services.  More...

Clinical Governance: Department of Health
VAGO: Tabled: 1 September 2021
Has the Department of Health improved clinical governance, following the Targeting Zero report, to reasonably assure Victorians that public health services deliver quality and safe care.  More...


Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd v Voller; Nationwide News Pty Limited v Voller; Australian News Channel Pty Ltd v Voller [2021] HCA 27
Appeal dismissed with costs.
Defamation – publication – where appellants were media companies – where each appellant created, operated and maintained public Facebook page – where each appellant created posts on Facebook page hyperlinking to news stories referring to respondent – where third-party Facebook users left "comments" on appellants' posts – where comments alleged to be defamatory of respondent – whether appellants "publishers" of comments – whether intention to communicate defamatory matter necessary for appellants to be publishers.



Act Compilation

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 
13/09/2021 – Act No. 114 of 1979 as amended


Victorian legislation can be accessed here.

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