June 3rd, 2013

Communications Law at  - a message from UTS

Acquire a Critical Media and Legal Specialisation

Industry and consumer groups require individuals who can prove their expertise in this constantly changing area; individuals ready to emerge as thought leaders in communications, media and intellectual property issues. This specialist program at UTS offers an opportunity for non-law as well as law graduates to develop an understanding and demonstrate their expertise as media professionals and commentators, policy makers and lawyers, managers and researchers in this important area.

Students are exposed to key legal and policy issues within the field such as: broadcast and telecommunications regulation; media law; cybersecurity; privacy; legal perspectives on the internet; the role of law and regulation in communications, media and entertainment; and the relationship of intellectual property and technology. All subjects within the program are taught in intensive mode or as evening classes to minimise the impact on your professional life.

Influential industry experts teach in the program including Professor Michael Fraser, Director of the UTS Communications Law Centre and Dr Murray Green, former Director of ABC International. The UTS Faculty of Law’s research into IP, Media and Communications was ranked at ‘Above World Standard’ by the Federal Government Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) in December 2012 which will help support your learning.

UTS is also the home of the Communications Law Centre (CLC), an independent, non-profit, public interest centre specialising in communications, media and online law and policy. CLC focuses its resources to make a meaningful contribution to the field of communications and media policy, law and practice and conduct an agenda of research and reform which contributes to social and economic development.

UTS offers both a Master of Communication Law and a Graduate Certificate in Communications Law. Applications are currently open for mid-year entry. For more information visit  www.law.uts.edu.au


May 31st, 2013

The ACMA’s Contemporary community safeguards inquiry is examining the core principles that should guide the content of broadcasting codes of practice.

To help inform this inquiry, the ACMA is hosting a series of citizen conversations.

The themes for the public forums are classification, decency, accuracy, fairness, advertising and privacy. There is also a workshop for broadcasters on the handling of complaints under the codes of practice.

Each forum will feature contributions from subject matter experts, academics, practitioners and other industry stakeholders.

All the forums will be held at the ACMA's Sydney office in Pyrmont. The public forums will also be streamed live on the web.


The forums are free of charge but registration is essential.

Thursday 6 June 2013 
Classification and the time-shifting audience
8.30 am – 1.00 pm*
12.30 pm – 5.00 pm†

Wednesday 12 June 2013 
Complaints-handling workshop (industry-only event)
8.30 am – 1.30 pm*

Tuesday 18 June 2013 
Getting the facts right: accuracy
8.30 am – 1.00 pm*
Fairness, balance and significant viewpoints
12.30 pm – 5.00 pm†

Tuesday 25 June 2013 
Advertising and the changing world
8.30 am – 1.00 pm*
12.30 pm – 5.00 pm†

* scheduled times include registration and lunch
† scheduled times include registration and drinks

For further information, including how to register or take part in the forums online, visit acma.gov.au, or follow us on Twitter @acmadotgov or at facebook.com/acmadotgov.

May 17th, 2013


Setting the Record Straight:
Recent Developments in the Defence of Qualified Privilege, and Other Current Issues in Defamation Law

The defence of qualified privilege has recently been scrutinized by the High Court of Australia in both Trad v Harbour Radio (reply to attack) and Papaconstuntinos v Holmes a Court (voluntary defamatory publications).
What are the repercussions for defendants?

Members of the NSW Defamation Bar who appeared in both Trad and Holmes a Court, will address the consequences of the High Court’s judgment, as well as other topical issues currently before the courts and legislatures, such as the impact of social media on the law of defamation.

The Panel includes:
• Bruce McClintock SC, 6 Selborne Wentworth Chambers
• Matthew Lewis, Barrister, 5 Wentworth Chambers
• Gabriella Rubagotti, Barrister, Fifth Floor Selborne Chambers

Moderated by: Miriam Stiel, Partner, Allens

Tuesday 28th May 2013
6.15pm for a 6.30pm start, followed by drinks and nibbles.

Level 28
Deutsche Bank Place
126 Phillip Street
(Corner of Hunter & Phillip Streets), SYDNEY

Register with MasterCard, Visa and American Express payments via http://www.camla.org.au/seminars/

or email Cath Hill: camla@tpg.com.au and send a cheque to:

PO Box 237

May 16th, 2013

The Australian Law Reform Commission is expected to release the Discussion Paper in relation to its "Copyright and the Digital Economy" inquiry by the end of May.

CAMLA and the Copyright Society will be jointly hosting a panel discussion and audience Q&A regarding the issues arising from the Discussion Paper in late June 2013.

Our panellists will discuss the potential impact of the ALRC's recommendations across a number of industry sectors and give a flavour of how industry players are grappling with the issues under review.

CAMLA and the Copyright Society hope that you will be able to join us at Gilbert + Tobin to compare notes on the recommendations.

CAMLA members will be sent further details on this event in the coming weeks or keep in touch via this website or CAMLA's Linkedin page

April 30th, 2013

A message from the ACCC:

Under Australian competition and consumer laws, small businesses have a number of obligations when dealing with their customers and other businesses. Small businesses also have certain rights and protections under the law.

The ACCC has released a free online education program for small businesses to help you learn about your rights and obligations under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA).

The program is a simple, interactive learning resource which provides a broad overview of the key provisions of the CCA. It includes 10 modules covering topics such as pricing, advertising, consumer rights, selling safe products, unlawful competition and scams.

Each module should take about 15–20 minutes to complete and you don’t have to do them all—you can select the ones most relevant to your business operations. Most of the modules include a short self-assessment quiz where you can test your understanding of the topic.

’The ACCC is committed to helping businesses understand their rights and responsibilities under the CCA. We recognise that small business operators are busy running their businesses, and need simple, clear information which can be accessed at any time, at their own pace’, says ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper.

‘I strongly encourage small businesses to take advantage of this free, easy-to-use online education program to ensure they are aware of all the protections and obligations they have.’

The free online education program for small business is available at www.ccaeducationprograms.org.


April 29th, 2013

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) will celebrate Privacy Awareness Week with a series of events and the release of new privacy guidance and products. Their focus for PAW 2013 is privacy law reform.

"It’s going to be a big year for privacy in Australia as businesses and government agencies prepare for changes to privacy laws due to come into force in March 2014."

Learn more about privacy law reform during PAW 2013 via the OAIC website :


March 22nd, 2013

Timothy Pilgrim, Australian Privacy Commissioner recently delivered a presentation, 'Update your Privacy settings' at a very successful CAMLA members at Henry Davis York, Sydney.

This presentation can be viewed here.


February 15th, 2013

WAITLIST ONLY NOW - please email camla@tpg.com.au

The presentation by Timothy Pilgrim, Australian Privacy Commissoner will cover:

Key changes to privacy laws
The APPs (in particular, APPs dealing with direct marketing and crossborder data flows)
New enforcement powers
What these changes mean for privacy professionals
What assistance the OAIC will be providing
How privacy professionals can get involved
Introduction by Donna Short, Partner, Henry Davis York

Date: Thursday 7 March 2013
Time: 5:45 pm for 6:00 pm start
7:00 pm Drinks and canapés

Venue: Henry Davis York
Level 10, 44 Martin Place Sydney

RSVP: Friday 1 March 2013

Please register via www.camla.org.au/seminars/

February 11th, 2013


The evening took a relaxed panel format comprising CAMLA committee members Page Henty (General Counsel - Network Ten), Lynette Ireland (Chief General Counsel - Foxtel), Debra Richards (Chief Executive Officer - Ausfilm) and Nick O'Donnell (Regional Manager, Public Policy APAC - Yahoo!7) and was moderated by Anita Cade (Partner, Ashurst). The panellists provided the audience (which included representatives from private practice, industry members, government and academia) with fascinating insights into their career journeys so far and advice to young lawyers considering where their law degrees may take them.

The event also included the presentation of awards for the prize-winners in the CAMLA essay competition selected from a record number of entries.

First prize went to Christopher Paver of UTS for his essay entitled, The Courts v Twitter: The future of live court reporting in NSW.

Second prize was awarded to Jarrod Bayliss-McCulloch of Baker & McKenzie for his essay entitled News Regulation in the Digital Age.

Third prize went to Felix Ralph of the College of Law, Victoria for his essay entitled, Anonymity and the Law “The Darknet Rises”.

The essays were judged by three representatives from the CAMLA. Awards were announced and presented by CAMLA President Caroline Lovell who commented on the high standard of submissions and insightful views on the chosen subject matter.

By all reports the panel presentation, synopses of prize winning essays (and of course plentiful drinks and nibbles) were enjoyed by all, with many looking forward to the next event.

A big thank you to Ashurst for hosting this fun and inspiring evening. Thanks also to the CAMLA Young Lawyer committee for organising the event.

Stay in touch with CAMLA via this website and LinkedIn page for news on upcoming CAMLA events, the Communications Law Bulletin and membership information.


December 13th, 2012

Communications Law at Melbourne Law School

The specialisation in Communications Law offers an advanced and dynamic understanding of the law affecting the media and communications industries, including its impact on the publication of information, ownership, services and technology. Change is constant in this area of law and the program is regularly renewed to ensure that it captures the latest developments in law, theory, practice and the legal implications of technology.

New subjects added to the specialisation in 2013 offer topical insight into the law affecting ‘newsgathering’ and a foundation in the theory and practice of regulation. Both subjects are taught by international experts Dr Andrew Scott (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Professor Colin Scott (University College Dublin). Melbourne Law School has long-standing expertise in communications law, concentrated in its Centre for Media and Communications Law.

All subjects are run intensively over five consecutive business days for the convenience of working professionals from throughout Australia. Teachers are drawn from throughout Australia and the world from firms, the Bar, judiciary, corporations and government. Quality is maintained by continual review and consultation with practitioner and academic experts in the field.

Communications Law is one of 23 specialist legal areas offered as part of the Melbourne Law Masters. Comprising almost 35 courses, the program offers exceptional quality and a wide subject choice that allows students to tailor courses to meet their personal and professional aspirations.

Applications are being accepted for 2013. Apply today. For more information visit the website