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29 MAY 2020

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01 MAY 2020

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24 APRIL 2020

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17 APRIL 2020

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09 APRIL 2020

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03 APRIL 2020

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27 MARCH 2020

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20 MARCH 2020

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13 MARCH 2020

Health eNewsletter - Published on 13th March 2020

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06 MARCH 2020

Health eNewsletter – Published on 6th March 2020

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28 FEBRUARY 2020

Health eNewsletter – Published on 28th February 2020

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LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENTS

29 MAY 2020

Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020

Regulation to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 emergency on lessors and lessees under affected leases, and establish a process for resolving disputes.

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29 MAY 2020

ASIC Corporations (Default of Design and Distribution Obligations) Instrument 2020/486; ASIC Credit (Deferral of Mortgage Broker Obligations) Instrument 2020/487

The DDO Deferral Instrument and the Mortgage Broker Deferral Instrument provide relief in relation to two upcoming sets of reforms: the design and distribution obligations and the mortgage broker reforms. This relief is provided in response to COVID-19 on the Australian economy, especially on the financial system, financial services providers and consumers.

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29 MAY 2020

(CTH) Corporations (Coronavirus Economic Response) Determination (No. 2) 2020

Temporary modification of the continuous disclosure provisions in the Act to facilitate the continuation of business in circumstances relating to COVID-19.

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22 MAY 2020

(ACT) Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) COVID-19 Emergency Leave Determination 2020 (No 1)

Amendments to the Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Act 2009, designed to assist workers whose employment has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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22 MAY 2020

(QLD) Corrective Services Facilities Direction (No. 2), 19 May 2020

Direction from the Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from the declared public health emergency under the Public Health Act 2005 (Qld)

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18 MAY 2020

(ACT) Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 7)

Directions to prohibit the operation of non-essential businesses and undertakings in relation to COVID-19, from 15 May 2020

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18 MAY 2020

Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency - Wills and Enduring Documents) Regulation 2020

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12 MAY 2020

(ACT) Leases (Commercial and Retail) COVID-19 Emergency Response Declaration 2020 Explanatory Statement

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12 MAY 2020

Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 6), 8 May 2020

(ACT) Public Health Act 1997, s 120

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12 MAY 2020

Home Confinement, Movement and Gathering Direction (No. 4), 8 May 2020

Chief Health Officer direction under the Public Health Act 2005 (QLD) in relation to COVID-19

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05 MAY 2020

Explanatory Statement in relation to the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payment and Benefits) Amendment Rules (No. 2) 2020, 1 May 2020

Introduction of financial support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jobkeeper scheme

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05 MAY 2020

Explanatory Statement on the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation (Early Release Payments) Regulations 2020, 1 May 2020

Changes to the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948, in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic

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05 MAY 2020

Child Care Subsidy Minister's Rules 2017, Compilation No. 8, 30 April 2020

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28 APRIL 2020

(QLD) Protecting Public Official and Workers (Spitting, Coughing and Sneezing Direction)

Direction from Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from the declared public health emergency, under s 362B of the Public Health Act 2005 (Qld), 27 April 2020

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28 APRIL 2020

Fair Work Commission Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Rules 2020

Explanatory Note in relation to amendments to the Fair Work Commission Rules 2013, 24 April 2020

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24 APRIL 2020

(NSW) Parliament of NSW Legislation Review Committee - Legislation Review Digest

Legislation Review Digest, No. 12/57, 22 April 2020

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24 APRIL 2020

(SA) COVID-19 Emergency Response (Section 16) Regulations 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020, in relation to persons who may take statutory declarations, 20 April 2020

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24 APRIL 2020

(ACT) Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Declaration 2020

Declaration made under the (ACT) Residential Tenancies Act 1997, s 156 in relation to rent, occupancy fees, and access to premises, 21 April 2020

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20 APRIL 2020

Fair Work Amendment (Variation of Enterprise Agreements) Regulations 2020

Explanatory Statement issued by the A-G under s 211(6) of the Fair Work Act 2009 in relation to the access period to an variation of an enterprise agreement, 17 April 2020

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20 APRIL 2020

Treasury Laws Amendment (Release of Superannuation on Compassionate Grounds) Regulation 2020

Explanatory Statement for changes to the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 and Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997, 17 April 2020

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20 APRIL 2020

(WA) Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020

Explanatory Memorandum for the (WA) Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020, in relation to urgent relief for commercial tenants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 17 April 2020

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16 APRIL 2020

(WA) Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions Approval for Transiting Aircraft Passengers under Paragraph 27(r)

Quarantine directions under the Emergency Management Act 2005 (WA), in relation to transiting aircraft passengers, 16 April 2020

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16 APRIL 2020

(ACT) Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 5)

Public Health Emergency Direction under s 120 Public Health Act 1997 (ACT) to prohibit the operation of non-essential businesses and undertakings in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, 15 April 2020

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14 APRIL 2020

(TAS) Payroll Tax (Pandemic) Order 2020, Statutory Rules 2020, No. 25

Payroll Tax Order to waive requirements for certain businesses to lodge payroll returns for certain periods and employees, 9 April 2020.

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14 APRIL 2020

(SA) COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 to amend the Emergency Management Act 2004, the Payroll Tax Act 2009 and the South Australian Public Health Act 2011, 9 April 2020.

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14 APRIL 2020

(SA) Return to Work (COVID-19) Amendment Bill 2020

Amendment to the (SA) Return to Work Act 2014, 8 April 2020.

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14 APRIL 2020

Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020

Explanatory Statement on Rules issued by the Treasurer under the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020, in relation to the JobKeeper scheme, 9 April 2020.

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09 APRIL 2020

(ACT) Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 3)

Public Health Emergency Direction, (ACT) Public Health Act 1997, 3 April 2020

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09 APRIL 2020

Migration (LIN 20/122: COVID-19 Pandemic event for Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) visa and visa application charge for Temporary Activity (Class GG) visa) Instrument 2020

Migration Regulations 1994, Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) Explanatory Statement, 6 April 2020.

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09 APRIL 2020

Guarantee of Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Act 2020

Guarantee of Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Act 2020 and Rules, Explanatory Statement, 6 April 2020

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06 APRIL 2020

(WA) Criminal Code Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

(WA) An Act to amend The Criminal Code in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 3 April 2020.

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06 APRIL 2020

Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020

Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999, s 276; Explanatory Note in relation to the prescribed release of inmates on parole arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, 3 April 2020.

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06 APRIL 2020

(Cth) Biosecurity (Exit Requirements) Amendment (Nauru) Determination 2020, Explanatory Statement

Biosecurity (Exit Requirements) Amendment (Nauru) Determination 2020; amendment adds Nauru to the list of countries for which exit screening of individuals applies, 3 April 2020.

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06 APRIL 2020

(ACT) COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill 2020, omnibus bill amending a range of legislation across ACT, 3 April 2020.

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01 APRIL 2020

(WA) Emergency Management Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020

Explanatory Memorandum - Emergency Management Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020, 1 April 2020

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01 APRIL 2020

(WA) Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions No 2

Commissioner of Police and State Emergency Coordinator, Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions, under Emergency Management Act 2005 (WA), s 67, March 2020

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01 APRIL 2020

(WA) Self-Quarantine and Isolation (Tested, Close Contact and Appearance of Symptoms) Directions

Commissioner of Police and State Emergency Coordinator Directions, under Emergency Management Act 2005 (WA), s 67, 22 March 2020.

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01 APRIL 2020

Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Essential Goods) Determination 2020

Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Essential Goods) Determination 2020, 30 March 2020

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01 APRIL 2020

(NT) Directions for Gatherings COVID-19 Directions (No. 14) 2020

Directions by Chief Health Officer on gatherings, under Public and Environmental Health Act 2011, s 52, 30 March 2020.

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01 APRIL 2020

(TAS) Direction by the Director of Public Health

Direction by the Director of Public Health under the Public Health Act 1997 (Tas), 30 March 2020

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01 APRIL 2020

(VIC) Directions from Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Disease) in accordance with emergency powers arising from declared state of emergency - Restricted Activity Directions

Directions from Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Disease) - Restricted Activity Directions under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (VIC), ss 190 and 200, 30 March 2020.

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30 MARCH 2020

Customs Act 1901 and Customs (Prohibited Exports) Amendment (COVID-19 Human Biosecurity Emergency) Regulations 2020, Explanatory Statement

Prohibition on the exportation of goods including face masks and hand sanitiser, Explanatory Statement, 29 March 2020.

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30 MARCH 2020

(Cth) Structured Finance Support (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) (Delegation) Direction 2020

Direction from the Treasurer under the Structured Finance Support (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Act 2020, s 18(4) in relation to investment strategies and policies, decision making criteria, and risk and return, 26 March 2020.

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27 MARCH 2020

Roads and Maritime Notices (NSW) Road Transport Act 2013, Exemption Order

Ministerial (Visiting Driver Residency Period) Exemption Order 2020, in relation to visiting drivers in NSW, 23 March 2020.

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27 MARCH 2020

(Cth) Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements for Remote Communities) Determination 2020

(Cth) Minister of Health Greg Hunt: Determination on persons not to enter designated areas, 26 March 2020.

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27 MARCH 2020

(ACT) Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2)

(ACT) Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 2), Direction by Chief Health Officer, 26 March 2020.

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27 MARCH 2020

(Cth) Social Security (Coronavirus Economic Response - 2020 Measures No. 1) Determination 2020

(Cth) Social Security (Coronavirus Economic Response - 2020 Measures No. 1) Determination 2020, in relation to additional financial assistance to Australians financially impacted by COVID-19, 25 March 2020.

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27 MARCH 2020

Structural Finance Support (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Act 2020

Structural Finance Support (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Act 2020, Explanatory Statement in relation to rules on debt security and delegates, 26 March 2020.

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27 MARCH 2020

(NSW) Treasury Legislation Amendment (COVID-19) Act 2020 No 2

An Act to amend the Long Service Leave Act 1955 (NSW) and Payroll Tax Act 2007 (NSW) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 25 March 2020.

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27 MARCH 2020

(Cth) Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Overseas Travel Ban Emergency Requirements) Determination 2020

Determination by Minister of Health Greg Hunt in relation to travel outside Australian territory, 25 March 2020.

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26 MARCH 2020

(QLD) Direction from the Chief Health Officer in relation to non-essential Business Closure Direction

Direction from the Chief Health Officer (Qld) under the Public Health Act 2005 (Qld) s 362B, 25 March 2020.

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24 MARCH 2020

(ACT) Public Health (Closure of Non-Essential Business or Undertaking) Emergency Direction 2020

Under (ACT) Public Health Act 1997 s 120, non-essential business or undertakings, such as gyms and places of worship, are to close unless granted an exemption by the Minister. Direction in effect between midnight 23 March 2020 and midnight 13 April 2020.

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23 MARCH 2020

(Vic) Non-Essential Business Closure Direction

Direction from Deputy Chief Health Officer under (Vic) Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 ss 190, 200, commencing 23 March 2020

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22 MARCH 2020

(Vic) Mass Gatherings Directions (No 2)

Mass gatherings prohibited in Victoria between 21 March and 13 April under directions from Deputy Chief Health Officer under (Vic) Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 s 200

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22 MARCH 2020

(Tas) Emergency Management Act 2006

State of emergency declared in Tasmania for 12 weeks, commencing 19 March 2020, resulting in emergency powers being exercised by the State Controller.

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20 MARCH 2020

(NSW) Public Health (COVID-19 Mass Gatherings) Order 2020

An Order under the (NSW) Public Health Act banning mass gatherings in NSW, commencing 5pm 18 March 2020. Exceptions, including ‘gathering at a court or tribunal, are listed in Schedule 1.

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20 MARCH 2020

(Cth) Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) Declaration 2020 (F2020L00266)

Declaration under (Cth) Biosecurity Act 2015 s 475 that a human biosecurity emergency exists in Australia for 3 months, commencing 18 March 2020

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20 MARCH 2020

(Cth) Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) Declaration 2020, Explanatory Statement

Explanatory Statement for F2020L00266, 18 March 2020

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19 MARCH 2020

(SA) Direction of the Chief Executive of the Department of Health and Wellbeing in relation to Mass Gatherings

Direction from the Chief Executive of the Dept of Health under (SA) South Australian Public Health Act 2011 ss 89, 90 and (SA) Emergency Management Act 2004 s 25, dated 18 March 2020

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NEWS / PRESS RELEASES

29 MAY 2020

(WA) Phase 3 of COVID-19 roadmap to commence from 6 June 2020, 29 May 2020

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29 MAY 2020

Australian Taxation Office: GST at Settlement, 25 May 2020

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29 MAY 2020

AFCA receives more than 3100 complaints relating to COVID-19

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29 MAY 2020

Fair Work Commission Benchbook: Jobkeeper Disputes (Coronavirus economic response)

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22 MAY 2020

Law Council of Australia: International Strategy on Human Trafficking on Modern Slavery: Consultation Paper, 11 May 2020

2020 Strategy in relation to COVID-19 included in the Consultation Paper

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22 MAY 2020

The Senate: Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee, May 2020

Inquiry into domestic violence with particular regard to violence against women and their children

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22 MAY 2020

Parliamentary Library, Research Paper Series, 2019-20, 19 May 2020

COVID-19 Australian Government Roles and Responsibilities: an overview

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22 MAY 2020

Public and private hospitals in the ACT authorised to cooperate on COVID-19 response, 19 May 2020

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22 MAY 2020

Don't rush into buying post-iso holiday

(WA) Commissioner for Consumer Protection media release, 20 May 2020

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22 MAY 2020

Major planning reforms to drive economic recovery, 20 May 2020

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18 MAY 2020

AFCA amends rules to reflect COVID-19 small business relief measures, 14 May 2020

Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) Media Release

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18 MAY 2020

New planning tool to help businesses be COVIDSafe, 15 May 2020

National COVID-19 Coordination Commission Media Release

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18 MAY 2020

Political Calendar

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12 MAY 2020

(NSW) COVID-19: Safety paramount as District Court Jury Trials resume, 12 May 2020

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12 MAY 2020

Update on Coronavirus Measures by the Prime Minister, 8 May 2020

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12 MAY 2020

Consumer Data Right Compliance and Enforcement Policy Released, 8 May 2020

ACCC and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) joint release of the Consumer Data Right Compliance and Enforcement Policy

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12 MAY 2020

Promedical Equipment fined $63,000 for alleged unlawful advertising of a COVID-19 Rapid Test Kit

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05 MAY 2020

Expert group formed to investigate safely opening trans-Tasman travel, 5 May 2020

Australian New Zealand Leadership Forum Media Release in relation to the formation of the Trans-Tasman Safe Border Group, working group in response to COVID-19

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05 MAY 2020

Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) Bulletin, Issue No. 14/2020, 4 May 2020

AAT Bulletin includes recent developments to AAT practices in response to COVID-19

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05 MAY 2020

Flight Centre to refund cancellation feeds, 3 May 2020

ACCC Media Release, in relation to Flight Centre cancellation fees

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05 MAY 2020

(VIC) Supreme Court of Victoria, Accessing virtual hearings, 1 May 2020

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05 MAY 2020

Human Rights Law Centre Media Release, 1 May 2020

Supreme Court rules Victorian government breached duty of care to person in prison in their response to COVID-19 pandemic

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05 MAY 2020

Electricity and gas companies to co-operate on relief package, 1 May 2020

ACCC Media Release in relation to the wholesale and retail energy businesses and the Australian Energy Council on COVID-19

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05 MAY 2020

Technology keeps participation in planning system during COVID-19, 30 April 2020

NSW Government Media Release in relation to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000

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05 MAY 2020

Fair Work Commission, Jobkeeper disputes (Coronavirus economic response) Benchbook, 28 April 2020

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05 MAY 2020

Australian pandemic response planning: A quick guide, 28 April 2020

Parliament of Australia, Research Paper Series, 19-20

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05 MAY 2020

Government extends reporting deadlines for entities required to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2018, 28 April 2020

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01 MAY 2020

Getting VCAT Moving Remotely During Coronavirus

(c) State of Victoria

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28 APRIL 2020

(VIC) Legislation to support jobs, services and Victorians passes

Appropriation (Interim) Bill 2020, Appropriate (Parliament) (Interim) Bill 2020, State Taxation Acts Amendments (Relief Measures) Bill 2020, COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 (VIC)

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28 APRIL 2020

(SA) Stricter bail laws to protect the community to be introduced, 28 April 2020

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28 APRIL 2020

COVIDSafe app - Guide to Use, 28 April 2020

Information on the COVIDSafe App, including Privacy Policy

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28 APRIL 2020

Australian Chamber of Commerce Media Release on the COVIDSafe App, 28 April 2020

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Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia launch COVID-19 list to deal with urgent parenting disputes, 24 April 2020

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28 APRIL 2020

Australian Government Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration - infringement notices

Pete Evans' company fined for alleged COVID-19 advertising breaches, 24 April 2020

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28 APRIL 2020

Australian Government Department of Health - Therapeutic Goods Administration infringement notices

CK Surgitech issued $25,200 in infringement notices for alleged breaches in relation to COVID-19 test kits, under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, 24 April 2020

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28 APRIL 2020

Modern Slavery Act: Information for reporting entities about the impacts of coronavirus

Guidance by the Australian Border Force on the Modern Slavery Act 2018 and coronavirus, 24 April 2020

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24 APRIL 2020

(QLD) Video conference to facilitate legal transactions in era of social distancing

Media release by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice (QLD) in relation to video conference, 23 April 2020

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24 APRIL 2020

ACCC grants interim authorisation to collectively negotiate with landlords

Interim authorisation granted allowing retailers to collectively bargain about rent relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, 22 April 2020

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24 APRIL 2020

(WA) COVID-19 Fact Sheet - State Government support for households in response to COVID-19

Freeze on all houseold tariffs, fees and charges, Energy Assistance Payment, 22 April 2020

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24 APRIL 2020

AFCA releases new income protection benefits

Read the superannuation factsheet, released by AFCA, 21 April 2020

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20 APRIL 2020

Legal aid increase for South Australians

A-G for SA is boosting capacity of its legal assistance services, 17 April 2020

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16 APRIL 2020

(WA) COVID-19 General Order under s 50 Industrial Relations Act 1979

COVID-19 General Order allows employees to take unpaid pandemic leave, annual leave on half pay and annual leave in advance, 14 April 2020

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16 APRIL 2020

(WA) New laws to provide support for commercial and residential tenants and landlords

Legislation to be introduced into State parliament to address commercial and residential tenancies impacted by rental distress due to COVID-19, 14 April 2020

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14 APRIL 2020

(VIC) State of Emergency for Coronavirus Extended to Save Lives

State of emergency for Coronavirus extended for Victoria for another four weeks, 12 April 2020.

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14 APRIL 2020

Australian Taxation Office: Practical Compliance Guidelines (PCG 2020/3)

Claiming deductions for additional running expenses incurred whilst working from home due to COVID-19

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09 APRIL 2020

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman - Media Statement

Mandatory Commercial Teanncy Code Opens Door to Rent Negotiations, 7 April 2020

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09 APRIL 2020

Fair Work Commission: Response to COVID-19 pandemic changes

FWC COVID-19 variations to agreements, proposed Rule Changes & recent applications & decisions, 6 April 2020

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06 APRIL 2020

Prime Minister's Update on Coronavirus Measures

Prime Minister Media Statement, updating on Coronavirus Measures, 3 April 2020

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06 APRIL 2020

New visa arrangements for seasonal workers

Temporary changes announced for visas that allow Pacific workers under the Seasonal Worker Programme and the Pacific Labour Scheme due to COVID-19 pandemic, 4 April 2020.

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06 APRIL 2020

Co-operation to support reliable energy sector authorised

ACCC granted interim authorisation to the AEMO to ensure secure and reliable energy supply and integrity of wholesale markets during the COVID-19 pandemic, 3 April 2020.

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06 APRIL 2020

Oil Companies allowed to co-operate to secure fuel supply during COVID-19 pandemic

ACCC grants interim authorisation to discuss and put in place measures to ensure fuel supply availability during the COVID-19 pandemic, 3 April 2020.

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06 APRIL 2020

Practice Alert: Court availability and access during COVID-19 restrictions

Practice Alert summarises impacts on various superior courts and up to date information, 3 April 2020.

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06 APRIL 2020

NSW Government, Jobs Boost Through Fast-Tracked Planning System

NSW Government to cut red tape and fast-track planning processes to keep people in jobs and the construction industry moving throughout the COVID-19 crisis, 3 April 2020.

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03 APRIL 2020

COVID-19 Relief Package - Insurance Companies and Brokers

COVID-19 relief: Insurers to offer deferred payments, refunds under small business relief package, 2 April 2020

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03 APRIL 2020

Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package

Additional support for Early Childhood Education and Child Care Services and Their Families, 2 April 2020

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01 APRIL 2020

Banks authorised to co-operate on loan relief and services

ACCC provides interim authorisation for the Australian Banking Association and banks to provide supplementary relief packages, 30 March 2020.

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01 APRIL 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Auditors

AUASB publishes additional COVID-19 FAQ, 31 March 2020

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30 MARCH 2020

ACCC response to COVID-19 pandemic

ACCC to focus its regulatory activities further to impact COVID-19 on Australian consumers and businesses, 27 March 2020.

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30 MARCH 2020

Changes to bankruptcy law to provide temporary relief for Australians struggling with Debt

Australian Financial Security Authority to introduce changes to bankruptcy law to provide relief due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, 27 March 2020

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30 MARCH 2020

(WA) Police squad to enforce COVID-19 restrictions

(WA) Legislation will be introduced to bring in fines for individuals and businesses who disobey the rules under the State of Emergency, 29 March 2020

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30 MARCH 2020

Media Release on Changes to Foreign Investment Framework

Announcement of temporary changes to the foreign investment review framework under the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975, 30 March 2020

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27 MARCH 2020

Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia - Statement on Parenting Orders and COVID-19

Statement from the Hon William Alstergren - Parenting Orders and COVID-19, 26 March 2020

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27 MARCH 2020

Australian Bureau of Statistics - Business Indicators, Business Impacts of COVID-19, March 2020

ABS publication provides information on the prevalence and nature of adverse impacts from COVID-19 experienced by businesses operating in Australia in mid-March 2020. 26 March 2020.

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27 MARCH 2020

Media Release Review of Retail Payments Regulation – Postponement

Reserve Bank is putting on hold the Review of Retail Payments Regulation due to COVID-19, 26 March 2020.

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27 MARCH 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Further Statement on Hairdressers, Barbers and Funerals from National Cabinet

Instructions regarding 30 minutes per patron to be lifted, exemptions in relation to funerals can be provided, 26 March 2020.

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27 MARCH 2020

(VIC) Parliamentary Committee Inquiries Update

(VIC) Parliamentary committees are continuing work on their inquiries, but public hearings are postponed for the time being in response to COVID-19, 26 March 2020.

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26 MARCH 2020

National COVID-19 Coordination Commission, 25 March 2020

Announcement of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission. The Commission will work to help businesses, jobs and livelihoods through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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26 MARCH 2020

NSW: Department of Primary Industries (DPI) activates a new specialist Primary Industries Liaison Team

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has activated a new specialist Primary Industries Liaison Team and launched an online resource to help the State’s $15.9 billion primary industries sector navigate the challenges and impacts of COVID-19, 24 March 2020.

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24 MARCH 2020

ACCC interim authorisation: Supermarkets to work together to ensure grocery supply

Supermarkets are able to coordinate with each other and suppliers to manage supply during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the exception of agreements relating to pricing, 24 March 2020

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23 MARCH 2020

APRA adapts 2020 agenda to prioritise COVID-19 response

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has announced that consultations and non-essential matters are suspended to allow APRA and financial institutions to give their fullest attention to the impact of COVID-19.

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20 MARCH 2020

COVID-19: Guidance for eConveyancing

Australian Registrars National Electronic Conveyancing Council (ARNECC) has released guidance on Client Authorisation and Verification of Identity steps during the COVID-19 outbreak, 20 March 2020

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20 MARCH 2020

Queensland: New laws to slow down the spread of COVID-19

Media Release from Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, The Hon Steven Miles, 18 March 2020

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20 MARCH 2020

Family Court and Federal Circuit Court prioritise urgent and critical cases as impact of COVID-19 escalates

Media Release from the FCA and FCCA announcing immediate and significant changes to court operations, 18 March 2020

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20 MARCH 2020

Advice on event and travel cancellations due to COVID-19

ACCC has issued advice on for consumers and businesses on their rights and obligations, 18 March 2020

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POLITICAL CALENDAR

28 APRIL 2020

Federal

The Federal Parliament will next sit on 12-14 May 2020.
The Budget has been delayed until 6 October 2020.
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 19-30 October 2020.
The next Federal election is scheduled for 2022.

28 APRIL 2020

ACT

The ACT Parliament will next sit on 7 May, 18 June, 13 August and 27 August 2020.
The Budget is scheduled for 16 June 2020.
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 24 June-8 July.
The next ACT election is scheduled for 17 October 2020.

28 APRIL 2020

NSW

The NSW Parliament will next sit on 12 May 2020.
The Budget has been delayed until a date to be advised.
Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.

16 APRIL 2020

NT

The Northern Territory Parliament has adjourned until a date to be advised.
The Budget will be delivered after 6 October 2020.
Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.
The next NT election is scheduled for 22 August 2020.


16 APRIL 2020

QLD

The Queensland Parliament will next sit from on 28 April 2020.
The Budget is scheduled for 28 April 2020.
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 9-18 June.
In light of COVID-19 shutdowns, there have not been any announcements regarding changes to sitting schedules or Budget date.
The next QLD election is scheduled for 31 October 2020.


16 APRIL 2020

SA

The South Australian Legislative Council will next sit on 28 April 2020.
The Legislative Assembly will next sit on 12 May 2020.
The Budget is scheduled for 16 June 2020.
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 22-28 July.
In light of COVID-19 shutdowns, there have not been any announcements regarding changes to sitting schedules or Budget date.
The next SA election is scheduled for 19 March 2022.


16 APRIL 2020

TAS

The Tasmanian Parliament will next sit from 18-20 August 2020.
The Budget has been delayed until a date to be advised.
Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.
The next Tasmanian election is scheduled for 2022.


16 APRIL 2020

VIC

The Victorian Parliament will next sit on 23 April in an emergency session to pass COVID-19 legislation.
The Budget has been delayed until a date to be advised.
Estimates hearings are yet to be scheduled.
The next Victorian election is scheduled for 26 November 2022.


16 APRIL 2020

WA

The Western Australian Legislative Council will sit on 16 April 2020.
The Budget date is yet to be confirmed.
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 26-28 May.
In light of COVID-19 shutdowns, there have not been any announcements regarding changes to sitting schedules or Budget date.
The next Western Australian election is scheduled for 13 March 2021.


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