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  • 12
    Nov
    2015

    VGSO commits to equitable briefing of women barristers

    On Wednesday 11 November, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) launched a joint initiative alongside the Victorian Bar’s Commercial Bar Association (CommBar) and members of the Judiciary to target inequitable representation of Victorian women barristers in commercial litigation. 
  • 06
    Nov
    2015

    VGSO blog post: Making sense of 'nuisance': Fertility Control Clinic v Melbourne City Council

    The picketing of abortion clinics has been a hot button issue for many years in the US. Those protests are often portrayed as a 'clash' of rights between religious freedom and peaceful assembly on one hand, and a woman's right to privacy and control of her body on the other.
  • 17
    Sep
    2015

    Charter review handed down today!

    The 2015 Review of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities was handed down today.  The Charter Review 2015 is titled 'From Commitment to Culture' and looks at ways to make the Charter more accessible, effective, and practical.  
  • 26
    May
    2015

    Client newsletter - Duty of Care UK Decisions

    Two recent judgments in the United Kingdom have declined to impose a duty of care on police officers to protect individuals from harm by third parties.
  • 20
    Apr
    2015

    Victorian Government lawyer, Alison O'Brien named in Eighth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia

    Alison O'Brien, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor, has been named in the Eighth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the Government Practice and Public Law categories.  The publication released its results last week and largely focuses on private sector lawyers and members of the Bar. Alison O'Brien is the only government lawyer recognised in the current Australian edition, and the first lawyer from the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office to make the list. The listing is compiled via nomination by peers from across the private sector and Bar community.
  • 15
    Jan
    2015

    New Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor

    Peter Stewart, Victorian Government Solicitor, is pleased to welcome Jacqueline Parker as Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor for Workplace Relations and Occupational Safety.
  • 03
    Dec
    2014

    Katie Miller announced as the 2015 LIV President

    The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office is proud to see government lawyer Katie Miller take up the position of Law Institute Victoria President in 2015.   
  • 25
    Aug
    2014

    Privacy & Data Protection Bill passed on 19 August 2014

    The Privacy and Data Protection Bill 2014 was passed on Tuesday 19 August.  Read more about the coming changes on our blog.
  • 22
    Jul
    2014

    "Privacy Bill goes public" seminar materials now available

    Presentation materials from the VGSO seminar "Privacy Bill goes public" held at Treasury Theatre, Tuesday 22 July 2014. Presented by Deidre Missingham and Acting Privacy Commissioner David Watts.
  • 17
    Jul
    2014

    Privacy Bill Goes Public: Blog overview of The Privacy and Data Protection Bill 2014

    The Privacy and Data Protection Bill 2014 repeals the Information Privacy Act 2000 (IP Act) and the Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security Act 1995 (CLEDS Act), and creates a new office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection (Commissioner) with broad powers of oversight and enforcement. The Bill does not affect the existing legislative arrangements whereby Commonwealth agencies and some private sector entities and individuals are subject to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Commonwealth Privacy Act).  Victoria’s health privacy regime under the Health Records Act 2001 and related legislation is also unaffected by the Bill.   Nevertheless, if the Bill is passed and assented to, it will usher in a new era with new emphases not only for privacy practitioners but also for public sector body Heads, who will need to pay close attention to their protective data security obligations. Read more about the coming changes on our blog.  

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