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Cite as: (2004) 78(10) LIJ, p. 64

Sites this month include a range of websites that will be particularly useful for regional practitioners. We also take a look at the refreshed site for Victorian legislation.

Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents

http://www.dms.dpc.vic.gov.au

The Victorian Parliamentary Documents website contains current Victorian legislation and Sessional Acts, Statutory Rules and Bills from 1996 onwards. Recent upgrades have improved this once quirky site, making the information much easier to locate. The Parliamentary Documents section now provides more detailed information about the passage of Bills and contains links straight throughto second reading speeches on the Hansard site. The Law Today search template now includes search tips. Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions section which explains such things as the difference between the Statute Book and Law Today and how to find commencement information.

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

http://www.apvma.gov.au

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is a statutory body responsible for the regulation, assessment and registration of pesticides and veterinary medicines. The APVMA website contains a range of practical information for practitioners, including guidelines for the registration of agricultural and veterinary chemicals (in the Publications section), product recall announcements (available from the Product Recalls link) as well as useful information on permits and chemical reviews. To access a comprehensive list of relevant legislation, which includes repealed legislation and code orders, click on “About Us” and “Legislation” where you will find links to the legislation and an explanatory note for each item.

Farmsafe Australia

http://www.farmsafe.org.au

Considering that there are more than 4500 workers’ compensation claims each year from workers in the agriculture and horticulture industries, it is not surprising that occupational health and safety is such a crucial issue for Australian farmers. If you are a practitioner working in this area then the Farmsafe Australia website will be a useful resource. At this site you can link to Farmsafe facts and figures (such as the statistic above), a variety of information on safety standards, laws and codes of practice. You will also find comprehensive information on specific hazards on Australian farms and how workers’ injuries can be managed.

Department of Primary Industries

http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au

From the Department of Primary Industries home page click on “About Us” followed by “Legislation & Regulation” to connect with legal information focused on primary industries. From the menu on the left side you can link to codes of practice, regulatory impact statements and a listing of relevant legislation. Other useful information can be found elsewhere on the site, such as in the Agriculture and Food section where a list of declared noxious weeds is provided. The site can be difficult to navigate as it is very large and the menus tend to jump around. But if this is an area of interest to you, it is worth persevering and becoming familiar with this resource.

Australian Government Agriculture Portal

http://www.agriculture.gov.au

We have previously brought you reviews of the Australian government’s business, land and legal portals, which are part of the Government’s Online Initiative. This month we bring you another site from that suite – the agriculture portal. From the portal’s front page, the subjects listed in the agribusiness category will be the most relevant for practitioners. You can select from a range of agribusiness subjects including occupational health and safety, taxation and law. Clicking on taxation, for example, will take you to information about the taxation of livestock, horticulture and viticulture. Primarily, the portal provides directional assistance – links to government information as well as other websites. This is a handy site to add to your bookmarks if you practise in a farming area.

Savewater.com.au

http://www.savewater.com.au

With Melbourne’s tough water restrictions continuing, it’s important to keep abreast of the penalties that can apply for failing to comply with the rules. Victorian-based Savewater.com.au is an informative site which focuses on water conservation. With a very clear layout, the site provides access to information on current water storage levels in regions around the state, the global water situation as well as permanent water saving strategies. Click on Latest News and Penalties for Water Wasters to find out current maximum fines for breaching water restrictions, water theft or unauthorised water use.


Website reviews are provided by the Law Institute library. For more information on legal websites, see the Guide to Legal Internet Sites at http://www.liv.asn.au/research.

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