Model Domestic Violence Clause
On 26 March 2018 the Full Bench of the FWC ruled on a provisional basis that a model domestic violence clause should be inserted into Modern Awards via s119 of the Act. The effect of this ruling is that employees affected by family and domestic violence will be entitled to take unpaid leave in response to the same without affecting their employment. The clause is in the process of being drafted and the matter has been adjourned until 1 May 2018. Further updates will be provided in due course.
Australia's First Landmark Conviction for Reckless Conduct under Model WHS Laws
On 26 February 2018 Australia's first landmark conviction for reckless conduct under Model WHS laws was published. The company was convicted for failing to follow its own safety management plans which resulted in a workplace fatality. The company was fined $900,000 for reckless conduct. For more information see Stephen James Orr v Cudal Lime Products Pty Ltd; Stephen James Orr v Simon Shannon  NSWDC 27
(26 February 2018).
Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme
From 22 February 2018 amendments to the Privacy Act 1988
(Cth) require certain organisations and agencies to notify individuals affected by a data breach that is likely to result in serious harm to any individuals whose personal information is involved in the breach. Notification to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is also required. For more information see here
Labour Hire Providers
From 1 September 2018 all labour hire providers must be licensed. Online applications for a licence can be made from 1 March 2018. Trading without a licence will constitute an offence. It is also an offence to use an unlicensed provider. For further information see here