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Cite as: December 2015 89 (12) LIJ, p.63

Department of Justice and Regulation, Victoria – Power of Attorney Act 2014

This webpage from the Department of Justice and Regulation, Victoria, outlines the changes to the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (Vic) which commenced on 1 September 2015. There is a brief You Tube clip geared towards helping the general public understand the key changes and to which lawyers can refer clients. This page provides the required prescribed forms in the Powers of Attorney Regulations 2015 as well as a pdf version of a general non-enduring power of attorney form.

Office of Public Advocate

The Office of Public Advocate website has updated its website to include information about the recent changes to the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (Vic). The website provides general information and resources for the public on the different types of powers of attorney. There is a free 60-page guide entitled “Taking control” that can be downloaded from the site or a hardcopy can be posted out by request. Various powers of attorney forms created by the Department of Justice and Regulation, Victoria, can also be downloaded and saved.

The Global Legal Monitor

The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication produced by the Law Library of Congress. It covers legal news and developments from various countries and its content is sourced from official legal publications and reputable press sources from around the world. It is regularly updated and it is possible to search or browse by jurisdiction, topic, country, keyword, date or author. You are also able to subscribe to RSS feeds.

Australian government media release service

The Australian government media release service has changed to allow users to subscribe to media releases by topic rather than by portfolio as previously based. This allows the service to be more aligned with a user’s area of interest rather than by portfolio that can change over time. This service compiles media releases, speeches and interview transcripts from Australian government websites. Updates by portfolio are also available by RSS feeds.

Victorian Women Lawyers

This year has been a productive one for Victorian Women Lawyers. April saw the release of VWL’s new “Flexible Work Protocols: A best practice guide for productive and engaged legal workplaces” which can be found on the VWL website under the Publications tab. The association also has an annual Law Student Mentoring Program held in conjunction with the Women Barristers’ Association and matched 124 students with mentors from within the profession. This is but a snapshot of events, activities and information found on this website.

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

For women lawyers looking for yet more resources, take a look at the Women Lawyers Association of NSW website. Their blog found under the Media & Communication tab provides advice on topics such as remuneration, productivity and success. There are also personal accounts from women lawyers on issues such as flexible arrangements in the workplace. An excellent resource about job sharing called “The Power of Two – job share resource guide” can also be found under the Workplace Practices tab.


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