A suite of portfolio changes following the federal election has led to changes to the name and composition of the Department of Education (formerly the Department of Education and Training). A number of ministries were moved out of the Education portfolio; with vocational education and training and apprenticeships relocated to the Employment Portfolio, and migrant […]
With the New Year, amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 commenced. As of 1 January 2019, copyright duration has become standardised across all types of works in Australia regardless of whether they were in the public domain or not. Until now, duration of copyright terms applied only to work that had been made public. Works […]
One of the most challenging aspects of compliance can be figuring out what and how legal obligations apply to your role. You might be familiar with Acts that apply specifically to your disciplinary area or research expertise, but less familiar with the broad range of State or Commonwealth Acts that apply to the whole of […]
Good service is often summed up by the phrase “the customer is always right”. The idea being that if you look after your customer, they will look after you – or at least, not give you a bad review. The reality is that all consumers of goods and services have legal rights under Australian Consumer […]
Futurists like to predict the many and varied uses of drones: drone taxis, first responder drones and drones that deliver are just a few anticipated applications. Drones, or remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), provide an agile and relatively cheap way to get clever technology into the air and to where we need it quickly. For […]
Updated 31 July 2018 Some changes to South Australian Government Departments have recently been made:
The Australian Government has announced a number of reforms to the higher education sector which will impact both universities and students. Amendments to the Higher Education Support Act, introduced to Parliament on 11 May 2017, aim to deliver value for money for taxpayers by increasing transparency, sustainability and support for students.
The timing of changes to the Working with Children Screening process have not been announced. Until then, we are in a holding pattern and no change to current procedure is needed.
New legislation passed in November 2016 will set a new standard for working with children. During 2017, areas engaged in activities that involve children should anticipate possible delays in the screening process and be ready to review procedures. Reducing risks to children A new assessment process being implemented by the South Australian Government is intended […]
Are you compliant with the State Records Act? The start of a new academic year is a good time to review your records management. This might include putting aside a regular time to manage your files, or clarify what documents or correspondence you need to file. All University personnel have obligations to maintain files under the State […]