In a recent decision1 of the Federal Court of Australia, the Court determined that the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is not a "Court" of a State for the purposes of s 77(iii) of the Australian Constitution and therefore cannot deal with Commonwealth vested powers.
Further to our newsletter dated 30 November 2012, the Aviation Legislation Amendment (Liability and Insurance) Act (2012) (Cth) will come into force on 31 March 2013. The Act will amend the Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act (1959) ("CACL Act") and the Damage by Aircraft Act (1999) in a number of respects.
Australian privacy laws will change on 12 March 2014. Aviation industry bodies and service providers will need to update policies and procedures, as the processing of personal information is so fundamental to the industry. Most businesses will find that the changes are generally "evolutionary, not revolutionary", but there are real changes to the use of information for direct marketing, and to storage and processing of information outside Australia.