New amendments to Victoria’s Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (Vic) will expand the range of conduct that can be the subject of a protected disclosure under the Act.
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 Fire and Emergency Services Levy Bill 2017 (NSW) passed its Third Reading on 29 March 2017 and received Royal Assent on 4 April 2017. The Bill commenced on the date of Assent. The Bill proposes to impose a fire and emergency services levy, which will be payable on all land that is situated in a council area or on Lord Howe Island. Only government land will be exempt from the levy.
The Associations Incorporation Amendment Act 2016 (Tas) passed its third reading in the Upper House on 2 June 2016. The Act amends the Associations Incorporation Act 1964 (Tas) and commences on 1 October 2016. The main objective of the Act is to reduce the regulatory burden on Tasmanian incorporated associations who are also registered under the Commonwealth’s Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.
Hospital and Health Boards (Safe Nurse-to-Patient and Midwife-to-Patient Ratios) Amendment Bill 2015 (QLD)arc_admin
The Hospital and Health Boards (Safe Nurse-to-Patient and Midwife-to-Patient Ratios) Amendment Act 2016 (Qld) and the Hospital and Health Boards Amendment Regulation (No.2) 2016 (Qld) both commenced on 1 July 2016. The main objective of the amending Act and Regulations is to provide for safer patient care in hospitals by guaranteeing minimum nurse-to-patient ratios and midwife-to-patient ratios for public sector health services. Along with the improved patient safety and quality of care, minimum ratios also ensure safer workloads for the nursing and midwifery staff, providing greater workforce sustainability and staff satisfaction.
The Rooming House Operators Act 2016 (Vic) commenced on 1 July 2016. With a view to improving the operation of rooming houses, and to protect the rights of rooming house residents, the Act establishes a new licensing scheme for rooming house operators, whereby only ‘fit and proper persons’ are permitted to operate rooming houses. Prior to the commencement of the Act, there was no legislation in Victoria regulating who could and could not operate a rooming house. The Act changes this by requiring individuals or eligible corporate entities to apply for and be granted a licence in order to operate a rooming house (as well as to meet existing legal requirements).
The Health Complaints Act 2016 (Vic) passed the Lower House of Parliament on 27 April 2016, received Royal Assent on 3 May 2016 and is due to commence on 1 February 2017. The primary purpose of the Act is to establish a more comprehensive complaints process to better support the Victorian public. To this end, the Act will repeal the Health Services (Conciliation and Review) Act 1987 (Vic), and the existing Health Services Commissioner will be replaced by the Health Complaints Commissioner (the HCC). Organisations should be aware that the HCC will be empowered under section 47 of the Act to conduct an investigation into the conduct of a health services provider even when no complaint about that health services provider has been lodged with the HCC.