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New copyright rules for school year 2021

Some steps you may need to take School administrators, teachers and students are to be congratulated on navigating the challenges posed by COVID-19 during school year 2020, including the transition to remote learning during periods where students were encouraged or required to learn from home. Special copyright arrangements that permitted…

END-OF-YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS: THE LATEST NEWS IN COPYRIGHT FOR AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS

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The National Copyright Unit (NCU) is a specialised unit that provides copyright assistance and advice to all Australian government and non-government schools as well as TAFE institutes (excluding Victorian TAFEs) in Australia. NCU acts on behalf of the Copyright Advisory Group (CAG) which reports to the Education Council. CAG’s committee members are senior representatives from…
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Legislation to ban “conversion practices” introduced in Victoria

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Following our recent Briefing in anticipation of legislation being tabled, the Victorian Attorney-General introduced the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 (VIC) into Parliament last week. It is a highly complex bit of legislation, but some aspects are very clear: The Bill is clearly ideologically driven, the objects (section 3) stating – (2)…
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Tasmanian Law Reform Institute considers “conversion practices” ban

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The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute has recently announced a consultation on Conversion Practices: Law Reform Options for Tasmania with submissions closing on 7 January 2021. This Inquiry was initiated by a community reference from peak Tasmanian LGBTQA+ stakeholder bodies and representatives, and the “expert panel” that assisted with the development of the discussion paper included…
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Joint Submission Lodged on SA Equal Opportunity Act Changes

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A joint submission with Adventist Schools Australia was lodged last Friday to the South Australian Attorney-General’s Department. The submission pointed out the significant flaws and shortcomings in the Government’s proposed Equal Opportunity (Religious Bodies) Amendment Bill 2020.  It recommended that the Government – Abandon the Equal Opportunity (Religious Bodies) Amendment Bill 2020 (SA); Direct the…
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Consultation on ALP Draft National Platform

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Together with the Executive Officer of AACS, Vanessa Cheng, CSA met with Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, the Shadow Attorney-General, and Senator Deborah O’Neill to discuss the proposed Commonwealth Religious Discrimination Bill and the 2020 ALP National Platform Consultation Draft. The meeting was one of a number the ALP have undertaken, led by Senator O’Neill, with…
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Protecting against fraud

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The experience of a Queensland farmers reported recently in the media provide a timely reminder to school about the importance of caution with electronic payments. As outlined in the media coverage the farmers (emphasis added) – “thought nothing of it when they received their usual email from Arrow Energy at the end of July reminding…
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