The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is an independent Australian Commonwealth agency that will detect, investigate, and report on serious or systemic corrupt conduct in the Commonwealth public sector. The NACC will also educate the public service, and the public, about corruption risks and prevention. The NACC commenced on 1 July 2023.
On 21 October 2022, the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2022 was given assent. The Act amends the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and also makes related amendments to the Health Ombudsman Act 2013. This article explores the relevant changes.
The law provides a privilege (immunity) against providing information or documents which may be self-incriminating. This, alongside the right to remain silent, ensures that an accused person cannot be compelled to give evidence leading to his or her own conviction.
In December 2018, the Medical Board of Australia published revised Guidelines: Sexual Boundaries in the Doctor-Patient Relationship. The Guidelines aim to provide guidance to doctors about establishing and maintaining sexual boundaries in the doctor-patient relationship.
In 2019 the law in relation to how complaints against Queensland police officers are handled changed significantly. Gilshenan & Luton were heavily involved in those discussions on behalf of the Queensland Police Union.
Legal professional privilege describes the protection from disclosure extended to communications (written or oral) made in the course of obtaining legal advice or for contemplated or actual legal proceedings.
Changes to the Local Government Electoral Act introduced the mandatory requirement for all candidates for council elections and by-elections to complete ‘So you want to be a councillor?’ training within six months before nominating for election. The training was designed to address the primary responsibilities and obligations of mayors and councillors.
Whistleblowing laws in Australia extend beyond the public sector. A range of new protections for whistleblowers has recently been introduced in respect of complaints made about corporate conduct in Australia.