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Victorian Government Bulletin

Victorian Government Insights July 2015

The latest State Government (VIC) news, cases, legislation and insights from our Government team.

In this edition:

Recent Publications:

Is a perceived conflict of interest enough to derail a tender process?

by Liana Westcott

10 questions organisations should be asking about workplace bullying

by Ben Tallboys

Legal Services on a Shoestring Budget

by Liana Westcott

IP Round-up

by Craig Subocz

In the media

Victoria leading the way on pro bono with its new legal services panel

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the new Victorian Government Legal Services Panel will include a minimum pro bono contribution from participating private law firms of 10 per cent (up from 5 per cent) 

Read the full article here

VAGO: Operational Effectiveness of the myki Ticketing System (2014–15:33)

The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office has finalised its report into how well Public Transport Victoria is managing and operating the myki ticketing system, following significant delays and cost blow-outs.

Read the full report here.

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Cases

COMMISSIONER FOR SOCIAL HOUSING IN THE ACT v CROCKFORD & ANOR (Residential Tenancies) [2015] ACAT 31

Human Rights and the tribunal jurisdiction

The ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) has confirmed in a recent case that Human Rights Act 2004 (HR Act) arguments can be made in that jurisdiction.

The case confirmed that ACT legislation should be interpreted to comply with human rights and that if the interpretation limits human rights, then, an analysis of the operation of s28 of the HR Act in relation to that limitation is required.

Section 28 provides that human rights may only be subjected to reasonable limits set by laws. To assess whether a limit is reasonable, all relevant factors must be considered, including those factors set out in the section.

Read the case here.

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