Silver Linings of the Pandemic – Federal Parliament Passes Permanent Changes to Allow Electronic Signing of Documents and Virtual Meetings

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicting court decisions around the country had fostered uncertainty as to whether a company could safely execute documents electronically. Amidst the great upheaval created by the spread of the ...

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Update on Victorian Sex Work Reforms

On 22 February 2022, the Victorian Parliament passed the Sex Work Decriminalisation Bill 2021 and Royal Assent is expected imminently. The new law recognises that sex work is lawful work, and therefore should be regulated under...

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What will the decriminalisation of sex work mean for local governments?

Sex Work Decriminalisation Bill 2021: Why the legislative reform? The Victorian Government considers that the sex work regulatory framework in Victoria perpetuated harm, stigmatisation and discrimination of sex workers attempting...

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Preserving Competition in Public Sector Tenders: Businesses and Public Servants Should Heed the Warnings of the ACCC on Cartel Conduct

Introduction Last month, the ACCC published a media release warning public sector agencies of the potential for collusion between bidders responding to tender requests issued by government entities. The warning was motivated b...

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Victorian Government launches new loans framework for councils

From 1 January 2022, Victorian councils seeking financial assistance will be able to take advantage of the new Local Council Lending Framework (new Framework). Under the new Framework, councils will have access to a low interest l...

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New Covid vaccination compensation scheme provides additional incentive to employers to have staff vaccinated

In a media release on Saturday 28 August 2021, the Minister for Health and Aged Care, The Hon. Greg Hunt announced details of a new no fault COVID-19 Vaccine Claim Scheme (VCS) which will operate nationally. The scheme will cov...

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