Australian privacy laws will change on 12 March 2014. Aviation industry bodies and service providers will need to update policies and procedures, as the processing of personal information is so fundamental to the industry. Most businesses will find that the changes are generally "evolutionary, not revolutionary", but there are real changes to the use of information for direct marketing, and to storage and processing of information outside Australia.
Further to our newsletter dated 30 November 2012, the Aviation Legislation Amendment (Liability and Insurance) Act (2012) (Cth) will come into force on 31 March 2013. The Act will amend the Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act (1959) ("CACL Act") and the Damage by Aircraft Act (1999) in a number of respects.
The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) commenced operation on 3 December 2012 as the relevant legislation, being the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Consequential and Transitional) Act 2012 (ACNC Legislation), received royal assent and came into effect on that date.
How does a specialist know that a referral from a GP is really from that GP? Or has not been interfered with by another person, for example, the patient? How does a pharmacist know that a prescription is genuine, as a basis for dispensing drugs to a patient?
Conducting research responsibly and with probity is an ethical way to behave and is often required on an administrative level by research institutions in their policies and procedures. Failing to conduct research responsibly may also have legal ramifications.
The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Cth) will bring the largest changes to the Privacy Act 1998 (Cth) for over a decade.
The much awaited and discussed National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill sets the details of the NDIS in legislative form. It is currently open for public consultation. We review and analyse the key features of the Bill and the policy tensions behind it.
It is a vexed question as to how far an employer can, or should be allowed to, regulate the social media activities of its employees outside the workplace.