November 14th, 2016

The Communications and Media Law Association’s (CAMLA) Young Lawyers committee is calling for expressions of interest from CAMLA's young lawyer members to become part of this committee for 2017.

CAMLA Young Lawyers is an official sub-committee of CAMLA of up to 15 young lawyers who represent the interests of young lawyers working in, or who have an interest in, communications and media law in Australia. CAMLA Young Lawyers also assists the CAMLA Board with fulfilling its objectives.

The CAMLA Young Lawyers committee aims to be representative of all sectors of communications and media law including private practice, in-house, government/regulatory, academia and persons with a genuine interest in the area, including students.

The CAMLA Young Lawyers committee is a 'hands-on' committee and all members are called on to actively participate and contribute.

Committee members are asked to attend all monthly meetings and are required to participate in organising events and contribute to the Communications Law Bulletin.

If you would like to nominate to become a 2017 CAMLA Young Lawyers committee member, please send us a brief CV and explanation as to why you would like to be part of CAMLA Young Lawyers for 2017.

Please email your expression of interest to by Friday 25 November 2016.

You must be an existing member of CAMLA to apply (or arrange your membership through the CAMLA website: prior to submitting your application).

Successful applicants will be notified by email.


November 14th, 2016

The CAMLA AGM will be held on Thursday 24th November at 5:45pm at Gilbert + Tobin.

Click here for CAMLA Board nomination forms

Click here for proxy forms

CAMLA members are invited to attend the AGM and our end of year drinks celebration at
6.30pm (following the CAMLA annual general meeting)

Gilbert + Tobin
Level 35, Tower Two,
International Towers Sydney
200 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

RSVP by Thursday 17 November 2016
To Cath Hill (02) 4294 8059
Please advise any dietary requirements and if you will also be attending the AGM.

November 7th, 2016

Book now for Challenges in Media Regulation - Guest Speaker: Richard Bean

Wednesday 9 November 2016
6.00pm for 6:30pm start
Drinks and canapés served 7.30pm
Ballroom, Level 9
5 Martin Place, Sydney

We welcome you to hear ACMA acting Chairman, Richard Bean discuss the role of concepts like influence, plurality and diversity in media regulation in the context of the disruption of current frameworks.

The event will be held under the Chatham House rule.


Please RSVP here


October 21st, 2016

Nomination forms for positions on the 2017 CAMLA Board can be found under 'downloads' on this website.

Click here for nomination forms

Click here for proxy forms

October 12th, 2016


Wednesday 19th October 2016
5.30pm for a 6.00pm start

Baker & McKenzie, Level 27, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney

Tickets: $20.00 (including GST).
Light refreshments will be provided on the night.

Book here

The CAMLA Young Lawyers speed mentoring evening is a fantastic opportunity for young lawyers and law students to access leading lawyers in the area of communications and media law. Attendees will gain insight into their career journeys and also have the opportunity to ask questions about their own career paths.
Mentoring is organised in small groups which rotate throughout the evening.  The stellar group of mentors who have generously volunteered their time include:


  • Sue Chrysanthou, Barrister at Blackstone Chambers
  • Chris Chow, Managing Director, Chris Chow Creative Lawyers
  • Jonathan Carter, Head of Legal, Corporate and Policy APRA AMCOS
  • Andrew Dawson, Solicitor, Brett Oaten Solicitors
  • Rebecca Dunn, Special Counsel, Gilbert + Tobin
  • Ryan Grant, Senior Associate, Baker & Mackenzie
  • Karen Hayne, Partner, Addisons
  • Grant McAvaney, Senior Lawyer, ABC
  • Larina Mullins, Senior Litigation Counsel, News Corp


Please forward this great opportunity to new lawyers and media law students.






September 20th, 2016

CAMLA Young Lawyers are hosting the annual speed mentoring event. This is a great opportunity for law students and new lawyers to meet senior lawyers and learn about their career paths.

Wednesday 19 October 2016
5:30pm for a 6:00pm start
Baker & McKenzie
Level 27
50 Bridge Street, Sydney

$20 per person

Book here before Wednesday 12th October.

September 16th, 2016

CAMLA Privacy seminar: Technology and data analytics: Privacy Challenges and Solutions

Developments in technology are unlocking the value of data sets at an unrelenting pace. However, advances in data analytics need to respect privacy from a regulatory and “social compact” point of view. This seminar explores the latest developments in analytics technology by Data61 in light of privacy compliance requirements and how technology is rising to the challenge of responding to privacy at the same time as maximising the value of data sets.

Please join us for a panel discussion featuring:

  • Stephen Hardy, Confidential Computing, Data61, CSIRO
  • Timothy Pilgrim, Australian Privacy Commissioner, Acting Australian Information Commissioner
  • Gulley Shimeld, Special Counsel, Henry Davis York

Data61 are at the forefront of developing technology that supports data-driven insights that guide the way we live, work, learn and innovate. This panel offers a unique and current perspective on the impact of technology, particularly advances in data analytics, on privacy regulation.

Wednesday 5th October 2016

6.15pm - 6.30pm start (followed by drinks & nibbles)

Henry Davis York 44 Martin Place, Sydney

$70.00 (incl GST) for CAMLA members

$95.00 (incl GST) for non-CAMLA members

RSVP: Friday 30 September by booking here

Or contact for cheque payments

The event will be held under the Chatham House rule.

August 29th, 2016

Vale Gae Pincus

CAMLA is sad to report the death on 7 August of long-time member Gae Pincus.  Gae was a member of CAMLA for many years and a regular attendee of seminars and AGMs.  In my time as Administrative Secretary of what was the Australian Communications Law Association (ACLA) and later became CAMLA, Gae kept up her membership and her support of CAMLA with admirable loyalty.  She first became a CAMLA member in the the early 1990s when she was working for the OTC (Overseas Telecommunications Commission) and then in Canberra for the National Food Authority as foundation Board Chair and CEO.  In the late1990s she became Chairperson of the Energy Industry Ombudsman NSW, a nice segue from food to energy!  Gae was also on the management committee and then the Board of the PIAC in the 1990s.  In all of these roles she was a tireless advocate for the public interest and a policy maker of great social conscience.  She was the Chair of the Communications Law Centre (CLC) from the late 1990’s until her death, and oversaw the transition of the centre from UNSW to Victoria University (where it had a association) and then to UTS.  Her illness did not stop her wanting to participate and she conducted her last CLC board meeting via teleconference from her bed at home.


I knew Gae as a strong supporter of CAMLA and of my role as administrative secretary.  She understood well the importance of keeping a membership such as CAMLA’s active and the tasks that involved.  Her experience working with “start up” organisations gave her great insight into how things happened and who made them happen.  She was always one of the first people to renew her membership each year, and always with a cheque, made out in her neat handwriting.  As a matter of principal she refused to pay by credit card (I am not sure that she even owned one!) and she certainly did not use email in the time that I was administrative secretary.  Her knowledge of policy and the law was at its finest when she was part of a team at the CAMLA Cup.


For many years Gae and I were neighbours in Glebe, and would often meet on the street or on the bus.  I always enjoyed her company and our conversations about what was going on in our world.  I admired her as a strong independent woman with a social conscience and a dry wit, never afraid to speak her mind.  A great role model.


Ros Gonczi

29 August 2016


August 24th, 2016

Please join the Centre for Media Communications Law (CMCL), Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA) and Corrs Chambers Westgarth for an invite only morning seminar in Sydney with special guest CMCL visiting scholar John Battle, Head of Compliance at ITN in London.

Date: Wednesday 14 September
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
Where: Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Level 17, 8 Chifley, 8-12 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000
Registration is essential – please rsvp by Friday 9 September to

UK Media Law - Recent Developments

The first session will focus on the Defamation Act 2013 (UK) and its aftermath, including the impact that this important reform has had on media reporting. This session will also examine emerging issues in privacy law and the rise of data protection. The second session will consider key developments in the law of open justice, including new court reporting restrictions and cameras in the courts, along with developments in police access to journalists’ source information.

John Battle is a leading media lawyer in the UK. He is the Head of Compliance at ITN which produces television news and current affairs programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. He advises journalists on legal and regulatory issues both pre and post broadcast. His specialist areas are contempt of court/ open justice, defamation, copyright law and privacy/ confidentiality. He previously worked as a lawyer for two leading newspaper publishers: Associated Newspapers and News UK. He is the chairman of the Media Lawyers Association and is a member of the Parliamentary and Legal Committee of the Society of Editors. He has been involved in many media law developments such as cameras in court, disclosure of prosecution evidence to the media and greater access to sports footage to news organisations.

August 5th, 2016

The CAMLA Cup was a great success! The winning team was "Allens Accelermates" from Allens. Congratulations to all and a big thanks to everyone who donated prizes.






Baker & McKenzie

Banki Haddock Fiora

Bauer Media

Beyond International

Bird & Bird

Clayton Utz

Corrs Chambers Westgarth


Free TV

Gilbert + Tobin

HarperCollins and Hal Crawford

Henry Davis York

Holding Redlich


Ministry of Sound

Minter Ellison

Network Ten

News Corp

Norton Rose Fulbright

Press Council




Webb Henderson