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Australia: Bill to Establish New Federal Family Violence Orders Introduced

(June 22, 2021) On March 24, 2021, the Family Law Amendment (Federal Family Violence Orders) Bill 2021 (Cth) (the bill) was introduced in the Australian Parliament to amend the federal Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). If passed, the bill would establish new federal family violence orders that are criminally enforceable if breached. The bill was […]

Australia: Ban on Single-Use Plastic Products Enacted in Australian Capital Territory

(May 10, 2021) On April 8, 2021, the Plastic Reduction Act 2021 (ACT) was notified in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Legislation Register, with the relevant bill having been passed by the ACT Legislative Assembly on March 31, 2021. According to the revised explanatory statement for the bill, the legislation gives effect to a phase-out […]

Australia: Sexual Consent Provisions in Queensland Criminal Code Amended

(Apr. 20, 2021) On April 7, 2021, the Criminal Code (Consent and Mistake of Fact) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (Qld), which was passed by the Queensland Parliament on March 25, 2021, received assent from the state governor. The amendments to the consent provisions related to certain sexual offenses in the Criminal Code Act 1899 […]

Australia: New Legislation Establishes Code of Conduct for Negotiations between News Media and Digital Platforms over Payments for Content

(Feb. 26, 2021) On February 25, 2021, the Australian Parliament passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) Bill 2021 (Cth). The bill, which has been the subject of considerable domestic and international discussion, establishes a “mandatory code of conduct that applies to news media businesses and digital platform corporations […]

Australia: Bill Making Vaccination Reporting Mandatory Passed

(Feb. 11, 2021) On February 4, 2021, the Australian Parliament passed the Australian Immunisation Register Amendment (Reporting) Bill 2021 (Cth), which amends the Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015 (Cth) (AIR Act) to “require recognised vaccination providers to report certain information in relation to certain vaccinations administered both within and outside Australia”; “authorise the collection and use […]

Australia: Bill Banning Export of Unprocessed Waste Enacted

(Jan. 11, 2021) On December 15, 2020, Australia’s Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020 (Cth) received assent. The act implements an export ban on waste plastic, paper, glass, and tires agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in March 2020. At the same meeting, the Commonwealth (i.e., federal) government, state and territory governments, and […]

Australia: Adopted Persons in NSW Able to Obtain Birth Certificates with Birth Family Information

(Dec. 24, 2020) On November 16, 2020, the Adoption Legislation Amendment (Integrated Birth Certificates) Act 2020 (NSW) came into force in the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, following its enactment in September 2020. The Act amended the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 (NSW) (BDMR Act) and the Adoption Act 2000 (NSW) to […]

Australia: New Legislative Framework for Federal Assessments of Arrangements between State or Territory Governments and Foreign Governments Receives Assent

(Dec. 17, 2020) On December 10, 2020, Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020 (Cth) (the act) received assent, having been passed by the Commonwealth (i.e., federal) Parliament on December 3, 2020. A bill containing consequential amendments to other legislation was also passed on December 8 and received assent on December 10. According […]

Australia: Court Holds That Melbourne Curfew as Part of Response to Pandemic Was Lawful

(Nov. 13, 2020) On November 2, 2020, the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, issued a decision in the case of Loielo v Giles [2020] VSC 722 (Decision), in which the plaintiff claimed that the state’s then-deputy public health commander had acted unlawfully in issuing a direction for a curfew to be imposed in “greater Melbourne” as […]

Australia: Bill Creating New Process for Citizenship Cessation Based on Involvement in Terrorism Enacted

(Oct. 6, 2020) On September 17, 2020, the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Act 2020 (Cth) (2020 Amendment Act) was signed into law, with the legislation having been passed by the Parliament on September 3. The Act amends the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth) to replace the previous system, established by the Australian Citizenship Amendment […]