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


December 3rd, 2012

PAW 2012 will take place from 29 April to 5 May 2012 and will include various events, including a business breakfast in Sydney where the question will be posed: what would you do if faced with a data breach?



October 7th, 2011

Timothy Pilgrim, Australian Privacy Commissioner recently delivered a speech, Recent Developments in Privacy Law to CAMLA members at Henry Davis York. This presentation is available here.

The OAIC's inaugural 2011 Information Policy Conference will be held on 15 November 2011, at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. Please contact directly OAIC for futher details: www.oaic.gov.au

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September 2nd, 2011

Mr Chris Chapman, Chairman and CEO of the Australian Communications and Media Authority discussed the Government’s Convergence Review from the perspective of the ACMA’s experience at the coal face of regulatory convergence with CAMLA members earlier this year at Blake Dawson. Please click on Downloads to access this speech.

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August 22nd, 2011

The winners of the 2011 CAMLA CUP were Wiener’s Winners (Truman Hoyle) with Team Tusma (Corrs Chambers Westgarth) coming in second.

Third place was secured by Austar and a special mention goes to the Addisons team who scooped all three Who Am Is.

A big thank you to Debra Richards for again hosting and coordinating a terrific night of trivia. Start studying for the CAMLA Cup 2012!

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