Note for those entering Blackboard: Welcome Although it may say I’m Yvonne (administrator), it’s actually me, Luke. I’ll be facilitating the webinar today. If you haven’t already done so please check your headset by going to Tools tab, then put curser over Audio. From the drop down menu select Audio setup wizard and follow the prompts. Luke Addinsall Law - The basics In Australia we have three arms of government that impact on our legal framework: Legislature : The legislature = parliament democratically-elected representatives from around Australia. Executive: Administrative arm of government, made up of government employees (the public service). The executive puts laws into operation and upholds laws once they have begun to operate. Judiciary: The legal arm of the government – courts (The High Court being the highest court in Australia) Law - The basics: Two different ways legal decisions are influenced: Statute /Civil Law (created by government – legislation – e.g. The Privacy Act 1988) Common law (decisions made in court – influence of precedence etc.) Legislation (The Act) Guidelines/standards Organisational Policy Practice Legislation relevant to Vic CS sector Think of legislation that relates to your workplace... OH&S (or WHS if thinking nationally) Wrongs Act (Duty of Care and Negligence) EEO legislation (Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and federal anti-discrimination laws, Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, as well as federal workplace laws like the Fair Work Act 2009, the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999 and the Public Service Act 1999). Governance Legislation (for Incorporated Associations) Fund raising legislation (Fund Raising Appeals Act 1988) Privacy Act 1988 (confidentiality) Mandated responsibilities Child protection Domestic Violence Mental Health Guidelines, standards & principles Policies and Procedures In addition to legislation and standards/codes etc. there are usually policies and procedures within organisations that assist staff to manage legal and ethical obligations. Are you familiar with your workplaces OHS policies and procedures? Are you adhering to EEO legislation when you employ someone? How do P&P’s affect your day-to-day operations? Does anyone have an example? The link between legislation & policy Is anyone aware of legislation that has directly influenced specific policies and procedures within their work environment? When developing policies has anyone sought relevant legislation to guide the process? Has anyone sought legislation as a reference point in times of conflict or dilemma? Examples: Is your client confidentiality policy directed or influenced by federal and/or Victorian legislation? Would you know if it was? Should legislation be referenced in our policies and procedures so we know and to ensure when updating/reviewing policy we know which legislation to review (for changes) Confidentiality and Privacy At the federal level, the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 (Cth) and the Privacy Amendment Act 2004 (Cth) deal with privacy protection issues by both government and non-government agencies. In Victoria, two Acts cover how this information is handled. The Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic) deals with collection and handling of personal information (except health information) in the public sector. The Act provides rights to individuals to access and correct their personal information, and applies to all Victorian state schools and their funded service providers. Confidentiality and Privacy cont. The Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) came into effect from 1 July 2002 and deals with personal information relating to health in both the public and private sectors. Both government and non-government schools are obliged to abide by the provisions of the Act, which appears to protect all identifying information about the health and disability of staff and students, their medical conditions and treatment. (For general information on privacy issues, see: Chapter 21*5 Privacy Rights). References: The Law Handbook (Fitzroy Legal Service Inc.) http://www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au/ Homework: Duty of Care & Neglect How is this managed in your state legislatively? Are you aware of your Duty of Care as defined within the legislation? What is neglect?