Reform roundup


In recent weeks there has been more movement around recommendations made by the ALRC in regards to privacy law reform. On 23 May 2012, the Attorney-General introduced the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 into Parliament. The Bill will amend the Privacy Act 1988 and implement key elements of the Government’s First Stage Response to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report, For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice (ALRC Report 108). The changes will include 13 new Australian Privacy Principles, better credit reporting laws, and giving the Privacy Commissioner more power to defend and uphold personal privacy rights.

Family Violence

On 7 June 2012, changes to the Family Law Act introduced by the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2011 (Cth) came into effect. These amendments implement two recommendations (6–4 and 17–1) of the ALRC’s 2010 report, Family Violence – A National Legal Response (ALRC Report 114). For more detail, see the Implementation section on the Inquiry page.