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Victorian Government Bulletin

07 December 2020


Victorian Government Bulletin

In the media

National Emergency Declaration Bill
The Australian Government will be better able to respond to major emergencies through a new legislated framework for declaring national emergencies (03 December 2020).  More...

Let’s not rush important Bills through Parliament
The Law Council of Australia is calling on the government to give key stakeholders and the Parliament time to scrutinize the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020. A close inspection of the stated operational case, the criteria, thresholds and process for the issuance of warrants, and the arrangements for independent oversight and review is needed (03 December 2020).  More...

New rules to detect, trace and block scam calls
The ACMA has registered new rules that require telcos to detect, trace and block scam calls. The Reducing Scam Calls Code, developed by the telco industry, was a direct recommendation of the ACMA’s Combating Scams Action Plan (02 December 2020).  More...

COVIDSafe app captures closer contacts
The Digital Transformation Agency has released an update to the COVIDSafe app to improve Bluetooth communication across a wide range of mobile devices (30 November 2020).  More...

APSC serves up the State of the Service
The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has released the findings from its latest and 23rd State of the Service survey revealing the APS has adapted to significant change and barriers arising over the past 12 months (30 November 2020).  More...

Publication of the final report of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants
The Australian Bar Association welcomes the publication of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants (30 November 2020).  More...

Independent National Security Legislation Monitor appointed
Attorney-General Christian Porter announced the substantive appointment of Mr Grant Donaldson SC as Australia's fourth Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (27 November 2020).  More...

Fraud centre comes clean on new guide
The Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre has published a new guide for Fraud Control Officers giving them a better understanding of the fraud risk assessment process and how it can benefit their organisations (24 November 2020).  More...

Training on track for APS and Ministers staff
The Australian Public Service Commission has announced it is developing guidance and training to increase understanding about the roles played by Ministerial offices and those played by the Australian Public Service (APS) (24 November 2020).  More...

Government to act on all recommendations of Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants
The Andrews Labor Government welcomes the Final Report of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants released and remains committed to implementing all recommendations (30 November 2020).  More...

Royal Commission provides a roadmap for criminal justice reform and the legal profession
The Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants provides a roadmap to reform the criminal justice system and restore public confidence in the legal profession, according to the Law Institute of Victoria (30 November 2020).  More...

Massive boost for court capacity
The Victorians Budget 2020/21 delivers major investments in new courts and court systems – to provide a strong, efficient, cutting-edge justice system that allows matters to be heard remotely and safely (24 November 2020).  More...

In practice and courts

AAT Bulletin
The AAT Bulletin is a weekly publication containing a list of recent AAT decisions and information relating to appeals against AAT decisions, including immigration and citizenship.
Issue No. 29/2020, 30 November 2020

Commonwealth Integrity Commission: Consultation draft
The Australian Government has released an exposure draft of legislation to establish the new Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) and make other consequences legislative amendments. A fact sheet about the key features of the CIC has also been released. The consultation page includes links to the draft legislation and further information about other issues under consideration. Closing date 12 February 2021.

OAIC consultation: Requirements to collect personal information for contact tracing purposes
The OAIC and state and territory privacy regulators have produced the following draft guidelines to support a nationally consistent approach to requirements for businesses and venues to collect contact information. The closing date for comments is 4 December 2020.  More...


County Court of Victoria
On 24 November, the County Court Criminal Division published issued its latest newsletter, which is available here. The Court’s sitting dates for 2020–2021 are available here.

Inquiry into the Victorian Government’s COVID‐19 contact tracing system and testing regime - have your say
The Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee is accepting submissions to its Inquiry into the Victorian Government's COVID-19 contact tracing system and testing regime. Information about this inquiry will be posted in the tabs above as it becomes available (November 2020).  More...

Inquiry into the Victorian Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic - have your say
A third round of COVID-19 Inquiry hearings will be held concurrently with the 2020-21 Budget Estimates Inquiry hearings in November and December 2020. See the schedule here for the COVID-19 Inquiry and 2020-21 Budget Estimates Inquiry hearings.

Law Library of Victoria
Fortnightly bulletin that summarises the latest legislation and cases for the Victorian jurisdiction, as well as High Court of Australia cases. Download the Law Library Bulletin No 23 (fortnight ending 4 December 2020).

Published – articles, papers, reports

Australian Institute of Judicial Administration (AJIA) newsletter
The AIJA produces a regular newsletter, the most recent of which is available to read here.




Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020
Finally passed both Houses 03 Dec 2020
Introduced with the Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020, the bill establishes a legislative scheme for Commonwealth engagement with arrangements between State or Territory governments and foreign governments, and their associated entities.


Commonwealth Procurement Rules
02/112020 - The updated Commonwealth Procurement Rules reflect the Australian Government’s commitment to sustainable procurement practices; emphasise the importance of paying suppliers on time, particularly small businesses; and includes a new Appendix A exemption that allows for the direct engagement of a Small and Medium Enterprise for procurements up to $200,000.
This update also includes a number of minor amendments comprising: Acknowledgment of the Australian Governments reporting obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2018

Victorian legislation can be accessed here

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