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By Damien Bowen, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers
28 January 2015
When a married couple decides to part ways, they cannot apply for a Divorce until they have been separated for twelve months.
Some people mistakenly believe this means that important decisions about property and money and children must be left in limbo for the year that they are separated. But this is not the case.
They do not need to be divorced, or separated for 12 months, before they can conclude a financial settlement or formalise arrangements for their children. If they are not able to agree on these issues, they can commence proceedings in the Family Court.
Whether the separating couple have been married or have lived in a de facto relationship, or are straight or gay, they can negotiate and record a settlement agreement about property, spouse maintenance, arrangements for the children and child maintenance.
Posted on: Jan 28, 2015
By Les Buchbinder, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky
16 January 2015
Amendments to the Privacy Act were made in March 2014. Even though some time has passed since then, I am still often approached by client companies and their advisers asking what the amendments mean to them.
If your organisation has a turnover of $3 million or more, or is a Government agency, it is an Australian Privacy Principle entity (APP) to which the amendments apply
I hope you find the following summary of key amendments helpful.
Personal information must be handled in an open and transparent way. Your organisation must have an up to date policy outlining management of personal information such as the kinds of information you collect and hold; how you hold it; what you use it for; how an individual may access Personal Identifying Information; and other such matters.
Posted on: Jan 16, 2015
By Leslie Buchbinder, Director at Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky Lawyers
13 January 2015
Many of us use cloud storage routinely these days as a quick and inexpensive way to keep and share photos and documents. Increasingly, private and public sector organisations are using cloud storage too. But it’s important to know that there are legal implications in the way that organisations store personal information.
Changes to the Privacy Act made in March 2014 are directly relevant to all Australian organisations with a turnover of $3 million or more, or which are Government agencies. Such an organisation can be described as an Australian Privacy Principle (APP) entity, to which the Privacy Act applies to the way that the organisation gathers, stores and uses personal information.
On the specific subject of using cloud facilities to store information, organisations should be aware of the following.
Posted on: Jan 13, 2015
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