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Australian Government’s 2023 – 2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy

On 22 November 2023, the Australian Government released its 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy (the Strategy). The Strategy aims to realise the Australian Government’s vision of becoming a world leader in cyber security by 2030. The Strategy seeks to protect Australians by improving cyber security, managing cyber risks, and better supporting Australians and organisations to manage …
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Gender Pay Gap Action – Changes in 2024

In March 2023 the Workplace Gender Equality Amendment (Closing the Gender Pay Gap) 2023 Act (‘WGEA’) was passed. These amendments are intended to reduce gender inequality in the workplace, and increase the mandatory reporting obligations for reporting organisations (being those with more than 100 employees) from the 2024 reporting period.

Employment law changes commence

Employment law changes commence: new laws on fixed term contracts and enforcement powers for the positive duty New Rules for Fixed Term Contracts From 6 December 2023 employers should ensure their contract templates and staffing arrangements are appropriate for the new limitations on fixed term contracting introduced by the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, …
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Fair Work Act changes now in effect

Employment law is in a state of flux. There are a number of significant changes which are now in effect. We have set out a brief summary of each of these changes, and encourage you to reach out if your workplace requires assistance in ensuring its policies and procedures are up to date. We can …
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Positive duty guidelines

Alert: AHRC releases guidelines for new positive duty. From 12 December 2023, the Australian Human Rights Commission will have the power to enforce compliance with the positive duty obligation under section 47(c) of Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth). The positive duty requires organisations and businesses to take ‘reasonable and proportionate measures’ to eliminate, as far …
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The Planning Act 2022 (ACT)

The Planning Act 2022 (ACT) (The Planning Act) came into effect on 20 June 2023, and will replace the Planning and Development Act 2007 (ACT). Provisions with respect to planning strategy, district strategy, technical specifications and transitions have commenced with the remaining provisions to commence in Quarter 4 of 2023. With a goal to deliver …
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New Charity disclosure requirements for related party transactions

Charities often work with other organisations and individuals to help achieve their charitable purposes. These relationships, while important, can give rise to actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interests and therefore must be managed appropriately, transparently and in the best interest of the charity. To help achieve this, the ACNC has introduced new obligations for …
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Thinking of using AI in your organisation: read this first – the legal issues associated with the use of AI Programs

Similar to the advent of the personal computers and the internet, ChatGPT is on the path to revolutionise the way we work, and the speed in which work can be done. With this change comes impacts to a whole raft of current practices in business, which although disruptive, will, in the long term, see an …
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Full steam ahead – upcoming amendments to the Privacy Act

On 16 February 2023, the Attorney-General’s Department released its highly anticipated Privacy Act Review Report 2022 (Report). The Report considers whether the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) remains fit for purpose in this digital economy where the personal information of individuals is collected and used for a myriad of purposes. Change to ‘personal information’ A major expected change …
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