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Consultations and reviews

Enhancing protections relating to the use of Enduring Power of Attorney instruments

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In March 2020, a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement was released to examine the regulatory options under consideration, in order to understand their economic and social impacts, and determine the relative costs and benefits of proposed Enduring Power of Attorney safeguarding options.

Religious Freedom Bills – Second Exposure Drafts

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In 2019, The Australian Government invited submissions on the second exposure drafts of a package of legislation on religious freedom. Submissions closed Friday 31 January 2020.

Religious Freedom Bills – First Exposure Drafts

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In 2019, the Australian Government invited submissions on a package of legislative reforms on religious freedom. Submissions for this consultation closed on Wednesday, 2 October 2019.

Review of the Australian Human Rights Commission Regulations 1989 and the Disability Discrimination Regulations 1996

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In 2019, the Attorney-General’s Department undertook a review to consider possible amendments to the Australian Human Rights Commission Regulations 1989 and the Disability Discrimination Regulations 1996. The Regulations were due to sunset on 1 October 2019, so the reviewed looked at their currency and fitness-for-purpose prior to them being remade.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Draft combined second and third periodic report

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In 2018, the Attorney-General's Department welcomed comments and feedback on Australia's draft combined second and third periodic report to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Commonwealth information frameworks policy jam

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On 30-31 August 2017, the Attorney-General's Department held an information frameworks policy jam facilitated by the Department of Human Services Design Hub. Participants from government and civil society discussed design options for managing and accessing government information that better reflects the digital era.

APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules – Australia’s participation

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In July 2017, the Australian Government invited businesses and interested stakeholders to comment on a discussion paper about Australia's participation in the Cross Border Privacy Rules system. The system was developed by participating APEC economies with the aim of building consumer, business and regulator trust in cross border flows of personal information.

Serious data breach notification

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In 2016, the Australian Government invited public comment on a draft serious data breach notification bill before the introduction of legislation in Parliament in 2016.

Review of Freedom of Information laws

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In 2013, a review of the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and the Australian Information Act 2010 (IC Act) is being undertaken by Dr Allan Hawke AC, a former senior Commonwealth public servant.

Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Law Reforms

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In 2011, a discussion paper was released for publication. It looked at how clearer and more consistent anti-discrimination legislation could make it easier for both individuals and business to understand rights and obligations under the legislation.