The ACT Supreme Court held that a public hospital was liable in negligence for knowingly admitting a dangerous patient to a shared ward and exposing another patient to harm.
The Long Service Leave Bill 2017 (Vic) passed in May 2018 and will repeal and replace the current Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic). Significantly the Bill will amend when an employee becomes entitled to long service leave, and will update how length of continuous service is calculated.
The Hospital Foundations Bill 2018 (Qld) will repeal and replace the old Hospitals Foundations Act 1982 (Qld) with legislation that reflects contemporary drafting standards and provides updated provisions relating to the oversight of hospital foundations.
The Health Services Act has been amended to introduce new obligations on the Boards of public hospitals and multi-purpose services.
On 25 May 2018, the European Union’s new data protection framework – the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) – took effect. Despite some similarities with the Privacy Act, many APP entities will need to implement new processes to be GDPR-compliant.
Legislation has commenced in South Australia to provide for the licensing and regulation of stand-alone private day procedure centres and other miscellaneous provisions.
Phase 1 of the ‘project bank account’ scheme has been implemented in Queensland to improve security of payment in the building and construction industry and modernise payment and charge mechanisms for contractors and subcontractors in the State.
The Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 (NSW) has been amended, following a statutory review, to redefine the scope of the Act and include a new offence for an existing requirement imposed on organisations that employ workers in child-related work.
The Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) have been amended to provide exceptions in relation to the collection of particular health and personal information under the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic).
Recent amendments to the Aged Care Principles have introduced new obligations for approved providers of aged care to implement an influenza vaccination scheme for their staff and volunteers.