Insights Categories: Governance, Regulation & Compliance

Feb 25, 2019

INSIGHT: A reminder: Child Care providers in Victoria, now subject to the Victorian Reportable Conduct Scheme

The new laws which applied from 1 January 2019, regulate the way in which employers in the child care industry identify, investigate and respond to all child safety allegations. The laws apply to all Victorian approved child care providers under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (Vic) and any children’s service under […]

Feb 14, 2019

INSIGHT: Six axioms emerging from the Hayne report

A preliminary analysis of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. As foreshadowed in our previous Financial Services Insight, which deals with the Interim Report, the period of public hearings has been completed and Commissioner Hayne released the Commission’s Final Report on 4 February 2019. The Final Report includes […]

Oct 9, 2018

INSIGHT: Financial Services Royal Commission – The Interim Report – Emerging Regulatory Themes

The Interim Report of the Financial Services Royal Commission was tabled in Parliament on 28 September 2018. There has been much speculation about the potential nature of the findings and recommendations arising from the public hearings. The evidence of misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry, in some sectors and in specific instances, […]

May 14, 2018

INSIGHT: What to consider when you buy a Fitness Franchise

Franchise systems are prevalent in the Fitness Industry. Buying a franchise has a number of advantages, such as the association with an established and reputable brand or service, assistance with setting up elements of the franchise, initial management training and ongoing support via established policies and procedures, and access to existing business systems. These advantages […]

May 14, 2018

INSIGHT: Fair Go! Are your standard contracts unfair?

The Federal Court in ACCC v JJ Richards & Sons has provided guidance on what may constitute an unfair contract term in a small business contract. As of 12 November 2016, statutory protections in the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) against unfair contract terms in standard form consumer contracts was expanded to include small business contracts […]

May 14, 2018

INSIGHT: Are you prepared for the mandatory data breach notification regime?

From 22 February 2018, mandatory data breach notification will apply to any individual or organisation regulated by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). This will affect any businesses with an Australian link and a continued presence in Australia. Under the new law, if a business is the subject of an ‘eligible data breach’ then if a […]

May 15, 2017

INSIGHT: Impact of Federal Budget on the financial services sector

Overview: The Commonwealth Government’s 2017–2018 Budget initiatives released on 9 May will target three principal regulatory components in the financial services sector over the short and longer term, in particular: reforms to dispute resolution capturing financial services, superannuation, trustee services, banking, finance and insurance expanding the powers of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) relating […]

Mar 30, 2016

INSIGHT: ACCC targeting businesses with an online presence

In late February 2016, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released its annual Compliance and Enforcement Policy and announced its enforcement priorities for 2016. Health and medical sectors remain a continuing priority this year. The ACCC has indicated that it will continue with investigations to ensure health service providers comply with their obligations under […]

Mar 29, 2016

INSIGHT: Foresights: Internet of things and social media – Parts 1 & 2

Julie Somerville, Principal at Meridian Lawyers, comments on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) renewed enforcement priorities and the implications for professionals with an online presence, including health service providers. While social media and the internet of things offer new ways to interact with clients, they also carry new risks, such as statutory breaches and […]

Nov 18, 2015

INSIGHT: Meridian Lawyers assists with NAPSA’s constitution overhaul

Meridian Lawyers has assisted the National Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) in a major overhaul of its constitution and restructure of its corporate status. NAPSA aims to be the voice of Australian pharmacy students, representing the interests of 3,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying pharmacy at 18 universities across Australia. Prior to instructing Meridian, NAPSA took […]

Oct 14, 2015

INSIGHT: AHPRA extends its reach to social media

Case scenario: Dr Blog recently revamped the clinic’s website. He engaged a marketing company to perform the task, and was largely guided by their suggestions on how best to draw business to the clinic. The website contained statements from the clinic’s patients about their favourable treatment experience. The website also contained a link through to […]

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