• Janis Donnelly-Coode

Victorian news

Updated: Aug 5

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New user discount


We know that some of our Victorian family lawyers and mediators are going into lock down and having to do a completely virtual or online family law practice for the first time. We want to help by offering a 30% off discount to all new Victorian users. The discount code is in this week's email, which you will automatically be sent if you join the mailing list (above).



Worker Permit Scheme


In case you need it for you or to share with your subscribers or followers, here is the link to the Victorian Government's Worker Permit Scheme, including clarification of the requirements for the scheme.


Women's Legal Service Victoria pursuing Superannuation Reforms


Women's Legal Service Victoria, Women in Super, the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees and HESTA have called on the ATO, Treasury and ministerial staff to implement the $3.3 million scheme, which was due to begin on July 1 2020 but has not yet been delivered.


Read more about that here.


First Peoples' Assembly


On Monday 3 August the Victorian government and First Peoples' Assembly are beginning 'momentous' treaty negotiations, by video of course due to COVID.



This meeting will be significant not just for Victorians but for all of Australia. You can read more about that meeting by clicking here.


Online networking


The Southern Solicitors Law Association had an online social networking event last week that 46 members attended. If you are a solicitor in Victoria, have you checked out what your local chapter is doing? Find your Law Association and find out what they are up to by clicking here.


Do algorithms need legislation?


Dubbed as the "first in the world", the Algorithm Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand, according to Minister for Statistics James Shaw, will improve data transparency and accountability, especially when algorithms are being used to process and interpret large amounts of data.

"Using algorithms to analyse data and inform decisions does not come without its risks," he said. The charter has so far been signed by 21 agencies, including The Ministry of Justice.



This webinar is free and we will be covering a number of topics, including -


  1. What are the different types of superannuation funds?

  2. What information/documents should be obtained for each super fund

  3. Defined benefit superannuation - what is it & how is it valued for family law vs scheme purposes?

  4. Self managed superannuation funds

  5. How to answer the superannuation questions in the Application for Consent Orders

  6. Payment of superannuation as per a superannuation split

  7. Impact of initial superannuation on property settlements

  8. Impact of COVID & early release of superannuation

  9. Topical superannuation issues

  10. How FamilyProperty & SuperInfo can assist

You can register for the webinar here.


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