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Cite as: May 2015 89 (5) LIJ, p.62

Royal Commission into Family Violence

www.rcfv.com.au

On 22 February 2015, the Victorian Premier formally established the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Commission is headed by the Hon Marcia Neave and will look at ways in which the state’s response to family violence can be improved. Recommendations and the final report are due on 29 February 2016. This website allows you to follow the progress of the Royal Commission by including information on the terms of reference, public hearings and submissions.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

Another Royal Commission that is being closely watched is the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It is investigating how institutions such as schools, government organisations and churches have responded to allegations of sexual abuse. The website contains the latest news as well as providing details on how the Commission is conducted. The issues papers can be found via the Policy and Research tab for any individual or organisation wanting to make a submission.

Victorian government newsletters

www.vic.gov.au/victorian-government- newsletters.html

This list of Victorian government newsletters allows you to subscribe to newsletters of interest across many departments. The newsletters are listed alphabetically, from the Arts Centre Melbourne through to the Victorian Workcover Authority. Of interest may be the Consumer Affairs cluster of updates that brings news of scams and product safety, as well as information on not for profit associations and owners corporations. While some of the links have not been updated, don’t be put off using the list as those that are available are of value.

LIV website – Social Media and the Law

www.liv.asn.au/Practice-Resources/Social-Media-and-the-Law

With technology, particularly social media, impacting on the practice of law more and more, it is interesting to read the information available under “Social Media and the Law” on the LIV website. The reviewer found a useful article on research into social media and the courts. As a lawyer, if you are wanting some detail on how to keep your accounts secure or how to deal with comments posted online, then there are fact sheets available containing practical tips.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission publications

www.accc.gov.au/publications

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website’s publications tab lists many ACCC publications, some of which are only available for download. An example is the Advertising and Selling Guide which is not available in hard copy. The site allows you to browse and search for publications. Its search functionality filters results by topic and specific audience.

ATO legal database

http://law.ato.gov.au/atolaw/index.htm

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) website contains a legal database that is a collection of the legal and policy information which the ATO refers to when making decisions. The database contains legislation and case law relevant to taxation law as well as various rulings, determinations and summaries. Hidden gems within the database are the Administrative Appeals Tribunal decisions dating back to 1968. Also within the cases section are decision impact statements and decisions from overseas jurisdiction such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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