The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission held that the expiry of a time-limited (or fixed term) contract can constitute a dismissal for the purpose of the unfair dismissal provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
The Road Safety (General) Further Amendment Regulations 2017 (Vic) has introduced amendments to vary the procedures relating to the taking of compulsory blood samples from drivers under the Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic).
The Victorian Data Sharing Act 2017 (Vic) has introduced a new legal framework to facilitate the sharing of Victorian public sector data to improve policy-making whilst ensuring the privacy of the data.
The Copyright Regulations 2017 (Cth) have remade the 1969 Regulations with updated and modernised provisions, and also consolidated the provisions of the now repealed Copyright Tribunal (Procedure) Regulations 1969 (Cth) into a single piece of legislation.
The Federal Court of Australia has declared a number of contractual terms appearing in some 26,000 standard form contracts entered into by JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd to be void for unfairness under the Australian Consumer Law Unfair Contract Terms scheme.
The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (Vic) will commence on 12 March 2018. The Act will amend the laws in Victoria regarding medical treatment decision making, including advance care directives.
The Full Court of the Family Court has cleared the way for trans and gender diverse young people to access gender affirming hormone therapy without having to attend Court in uncontroversial cases where all agree that treatment should be commenced.
The District Court of Western Australia has held that a defence of peer professional practice will not be sufficient in cases of delayed diagnosis and treatment where there is not a well-reasoned explanation for the delay based upon best practice and substantial evidence.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal found that the use of a person’s health information for the purpose of considering a request for clinical supervision and for the purpose of an intervention order proceeding did not interfere with the privacy of the applicant by breaching the Health Privacy Principles.
The New South Wales Court of Appeal found that a doctor was not negligent in misdiagnosing a malignant melanoma as a wart, in circumstances where the appearance of the apparent wart did not indicate the need for a differential diagnosis.