The NSW Government is reviewing the civil justice system, releasing a consultation paper late last year that asks for public submissions on how it can improve the current system. In a media release announcing the launch of the paper, the Government cited figures from the Law and Justice Foundation saying that around 2.8 million people in NSW face a significant legal problem each year, with 85% of those matters involving civil law. However, the Foundations says that ‘one in five people take no action because they don’t know how to or think it will be too stressful or expensive’.
The Victorian Compensation Legislation Amendment Act 2016 was assented in December of 2016. The Act which will primarily commence in July 2017 and will improve the benefits payable under existing Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and WorkSafe Victoria schemes.
Yesterday (17 January 2017), the draft of a new Education and Children’s Services Bill 2016  (SA) (the draft Bill) was posted to thewebsite looking for feedback on the new draft Bill which is intended to replace both the Education Act 1972 (SA) and the Children's Services Act 1985 (SA). The proposed draft Bill is described as ". . . the biggest single legislative change to the [SA] education system in more than 40 years".
On 16 January 2017, the Minister for Corrections, Gayle Tierney, released a public media statement regarding changes to the Community Correctional Services in Victoria. With a target to reduce reoffending by prisoners, the new reforms will see offenders subjected to more intensive case management, and having access to more targeted rehabilitation and support services.
In late December 2016 and early January 2017, there have been 17 new appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, one new appointment to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and a proposal for appointment to the newly created Law Enforcement Conduct Commission.
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