The Commonwealth Government has introduced a series of Bills that proposes several changes to the National Redress Scheme.
The Federal Government has responded to the final report of the second year review into the National Redress Scheme.
In a recent case, the Federal Court of Australia handed down a decision, finding that the Australian Government owed a Duty of Care to Australian children to protect them from climate change in making a decision as to whether to approve a new mine.
TRG v The Board of Trustees of the Brisbane Grammar School  QCA 190 (7 September 2020)
A damning report by the Custodial Inspector... has found significant ongoing issues exist in the management and operation of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre (AYDC).
Tasmania Police say that they do a good job when the victim has been identified but in our experience working with survivors in Tasmania, this is not necessarily the case.
The Tasmanian Government has committed $7m dollars to upgrade the Ashley Youth Detention Centre (AYDC) amongst growing calls to close the AYDC altogether (ABC news 14 December 2020).
WCB v Roman Catholic Trusts Corporation for the Diocese of Sale (No 2) is the first case in Victoria to be heard under a law passed in September 2019 allowing deeds to be set aside ‘where it is just and reasonable to do so.’
If the plaintiff (a prisoner or former prisoner) is awarded damages of greater than $10,000, the defendant institution must seek Court approval to hold the compensation in the Prisoner Quarantine Fund for a period of 12 months following the publication in the Government Gazette regarding the payment.
If you have been a victim of abuse whilst a student at Our Lady of Mercy College, we strongly recommend that you receive advice as to your rights before contacting the school.
Section 4 was enacted in 1991, making it an offence to publish information identifying a victim of sexual assault without that person’s consent. In February 2020, amendments to the Act took effect which had contradictory effects on different groups for victims.
For child sex offences, section 5AA of the Sentencing Act requires a court to disregard an offender’s previous good character or lack of convictions, if the court is satisfied this was of assistance in the commission of the offence.
27 August 2020: Developments in institutional liability for sexual assault: SMA v John XXIII College (No.2)  ACTSC 211
The law around organisational liability for sexual assaults continues to evolve following the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.
Even though AS Legal’s Melbourne office is now physically closed due to Stage 4 COVID restrictions, business is continuing as usual. Our reception is still operating as is our email@example.com email address for general inquiries.
29 July 2020: Update on the National Redress Scheme: Criticism by Federal Opposition and Second Year Anniversary Independent Review
The NRS has received sharp criticism from the Federal Opposition with respect to the operation of the Scheme and the delays in victims receiving compensation.
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