Overview of the public sector governance regime and how agencies can comply.
Whether you are a decision-maker in Government making a decision on a proposed project that may have a significant impact on a matter of environmental significance, or an applicant seeking approval for a proposed project, you need to be aware of this recent decision.
- Overview of the Charter
- Public authorities (s 4)
- Conduct of public authorities (s 38)
- Interpretation (s 32)
- “Seeking” relief or remedy & “unlawfulness” (s 39)
Overview of the Emergency Alert System project, run by the Office of the Emergency Service Commissioner.
An important case for all government agencies in which the Roads Corporation, in defending an adverse possession claim, was entitled to rely on the immunity of the Crown specified in s 7 of the Limitations of Actions Act 1958 (Vic). It highlights the factors a court will consider in order to determine whether a statutory corporation can rely on Crown immunity where it is not explicitly provided for in legislation.
Overviews the law on public interest immunity, legal professional privilege and freedom of information.
Considers the implications of the Williams decisions for Victorian government agencies who receive Commmonwealth funding.
Covers the Court of Appeal's decision in Noone v Operation Smile  VSCA 91, a case concerning the prohibition on misleading and deceptive conduct under the Fair Trading Act 1991 and the application of the right to freedom of expression in the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
Three recent cases from the High Court provide a timely reminder of the limits on administrative decision-making and the exercise of statutory discretions. No matter how broadly expressed, no power or discretion is 'unbridled' in our system.
Podcast on the implications of social media for the VPS.
Please find attached the audio and slides from our February seminar 'Ethics - Client Privilege as it affects Government'.
The Role of SARC in Statements of Compatibility under the Charter Act