Entries by Matthew Cartwright

Australia’s aged care workforce strategy

The Aged Care Workforce Taskforce (“the Taskforce”) recently published a report detailing its strategy to address challenges facing the aged care industry workforce, titled A Matter of Care – Australia’s aged care workforce strategy. As identified in the foreword to the report, the Taskforce’s brief was to develop an industry-drive workforce strategy to grow and […]

Review of the Charter of Residents’ Rights and Responsibilities

The Department of Health has released a consultation paper on the development of a single Charter of Aged Care Rights to replace the existing charters set out in the User Rights Principles 2014. The User Rights Principles 2014 currently contain four charters relating to the rights and responsibilities of aged care recipients for: Residential care; […]

External conduct standards for charities

The Treasury has released a draft of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2018, which outlines proposed external conduct standards that charities registered with the ACNC must comply with when operating outside Australia. The proposed regulations will impose four standards upon registered charities which operate outside Australia, or work with third-parties […]

Mandatory reporting of data breaches

A new scheme for the mandatory notification of data breaches is set to commence on 23 February 2018 (“the Notifiable Data Breach scheme”) which may affect a significant number of organisations in the not-for-profit sector. Upon commencement, the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (Cth) will amend the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) to introduce […]

Unregistered Trademarks & Prior Use

According to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), “Intellectual capital is recognized as the most important asset of many of the world’s largest and most powerful companies; it is the foundation for the market dominance and continuing profitability of leading corporations.” Not for profit organisations that deliver services in increasingly competitive environments also understand the […]

Security Interests and the PPSR

A quick search of the Personal Properties Security Register (“PPSR”) is an efficient way for a purchaser to determine whether any charges or security interests have been registered against the property of another party, which might burden the purchaser’s title to the property it proposes to acquire. This is an important step which can help […]

Protecting & Strengthening Intellectual Property

Where a business or not-for-profit organisation has invested time, effort and money into the creation of valuable intellectual property, it is important to ensure the final product is adequately protected. The first step to protecting your valuable intellectual property is to identify what type of intellectual property rights you hold, and how these rights can […]