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Time for the Commonwealth to get serious about online gambling
Minister for Consumer and Business Services John Rau will tomorrow call for decisive action to be taken to prevent the massive harm caused by online gambling.

At a meeting of State and Federal Ministers in Melbourne, a National Consumer Protection Framework for Online Wagering is being developed.

News release: Time for the Commonwealth to get serious about online gambling (PDF 223KB)

Modernising South Australia’s liquor laws
New laws introduced into Parliament today will pave the way for the most significant reform to South Australia’s liquor licensing system in two decades.

The new Liquor Licensing Bill represents the first stage of the State Government’s response to former Supreme Court Justice Tim Anderson QC’s review of liquor licensing laws.

News release: Modernising South Australia’s liquor laws  (PDF 225KB)

Law paves the way for simplified Courts process
Laws designed to make it easier for people working in the justice system to send documents electronically have now passed through State Parliament.

The move will help cut red tape within courts, by ensuring there’s a clear framework surrounding the electronic transfer of documents.

News release: Law paves the way for simplified Courts process (PDF 201KB)

Amendments to the Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2017
On Tuesday 28 March 2017, the government filed amendments to the Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2017, which is currently before Parliament.

The changes respond to consultation held with key groups in the child protection sector, following the Bill’s introduction in February 2017. The government has worked closely with these groups to discuss their concerns and further refine the Bill. The amendments will help clarify and expand on measures within the Bill, ensuring the legislation provides robust protection for the state’s most vulnerable children and young people. 

A consultation summary has been prepared, outlining the proposed amendments.

Some of the key changes include:

  • explicit mention of female genital mutilation within the definition of “at risk” to invoke the powers and functions of the Act
  • amendments to the reversal of the onus of proof provision
  • removal of the provision regarding civil liability immunity for the Crown, minister and the department
  • removal of provisions in the Bill’s Aboriginal Placement Principles that were causing concerns for the community
  • re-instating the chief executive as having power to direct parents to undergo drug and alcohol assessments, rather than the courts.

The new proposed laws will replace the current Children’s Protection Act 1993, as part of the government’s commitment to large-scale reform of the child protection system. 


A cheap deal for faster internet may lead to disappointment
South Australians are being warned about an increased risk of unwanted sale tactics as more areas across South Australia continue to hook up to the new National Broadband Network (NBN).

Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, Dini Soulio, said the attraction of a faster internet speed can lead to consumers becoming distracted by the promotion of cheap deals with unfavourable terms and potential scams.

Media Release: A cheap deal for faster internet may lead to disappointment (PDF 103KB)

Media Statement - Public Trustee
A former officer of the Deceased Estates section of Public Trustee was charged with dishonesty offences and has pleaded guilty in the Magistrates Court today.

The former officer was suspended from duty pending finalisation of court action and later resigned.

Media Statement - Public Trustee (PDF 144KB)

SafeWork SA’s new safety service exceeds expectations
New data published on the SafeWork SA website shows the restructured organisation is delivering results for businesses seeking help to improve their workplace safety.

SafeWork SA has launched a new website dashboard with statistics from both the educator and regulator arms of the business.

News release: SafeWork SA’s new safety service exceeds expectations (PDF 224KB)

State Government continues consultation on child protection reform
Following a lengthy formal consultation process, the State Government yesterday met with the SA Alliance for Children and Young People’s Wellbeing to further discuss the Children and Young People (Safety) Bill currently before Parliament.

The Government has committed to further consultation with the Alliance on specific areas of concern as the Bill continues to progress through the Parliament.
Improved protection for domestic violence victims
People leaving another state or territory to escape an abusive relationship will have their protections carried with them into South Australia under laws passed by State Parliament yesterday.

The Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) (Recognition of National Domestic Violence Orders) Amendment Bill ensures South Australian courts and police can automatically enforce domestic violence protection orders made in any other Australian state or territory.

News release: Improved protection for domestic violence victims (PDF 201KB)

Unlicensed builder fined $12,500
South Australia’s consumer watchdog has welcomed the $12,500 penalty handed down in the Adelaide Magistrates Court to a man who admitted breaching South Australian and national consumer laws.

36 year old Port Willunga man David James Jackson pleaded guilty to breaches of the Building Work Contractors Act, the Australian Consumer Law and the Fair Trading Act.

Media release: Unlicensed builder fined $12,500 (PDF 91KB)