Electricity Transmission Wayleave Search Fee Increase

Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd (trading as TasNetworks)
Electricity Transmission Wayleave Search Fee Increase

Please note that from 1 July 2017 in line with consumer price index (CPI), the fee payable to TasNetworks for an electricity transmission easement search will increase
to $38.00 (inclusive of GST). TasNetworks has produced a brochure on wayleave easements which may be of interest to you and your clients. These are:

  • Transmission line easements: What do they mean for me?

For free copies of the brochure or for any enquires about wayleave searches please contact Lisa Saville on 6271 6595 or email .

Tips to writing clear legal language – The Hon. Michael Kirby’s Ten Rules

What is plain English?

Tips to writing clear legal language – The Hon. Michael Kirby’s Ten Rules

Complex and bureaucratic language is a barrier to taking part in society, especially for people of low literacy. As Mr Kirby observes – “It is not always easy for lawyers to write and speak plain language. For many of us, we need to be rescued from our “heretofores”, “whereas” and “party of the first part”.”

Take a look 26Ten’s Write for the People Video.

Position with Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights – international human rights law – Principal Research Officer (Parliamentary Executive Level 1)

Job opportunity – Position with Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights – international human rights law – Principal Research Officer (Parliamentary Executive Level 1)

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (the committee) is currently inviting applications from qualified and interested candidates for one position as a Principal Research Officer to the committee. Further information about the committee and its mandate is available here on the Parliament House of Australia’s website.

Principal Research Officers are responsible for major research and writing tasks supporting the work of the committee as well as providing advice in relation to international human rights law and the human rights compatibility of legislation.

This includes scrutiny of legislation, analysis and research, as well as preparing complex reports and briefs for consideration by the committee. The occupant of this position also manages preparatory work for meetings of the committee, other committee business and, as needed, assists with inquiries including the organisation of local and interstate public hearings. He/she is responsible for the supervision of lower level employees and may be required to act as secretary to the committee on occasion.

The successful applicant will possess a  demonstrated ability to analyse legislation against international human rights principles and prepare advice for a parliamentary committee; proven ability to plan and undertake complex research and report drafting tasks that require conceptual, analytical and writing skills of a high order; demonstrated negotiation and liaison skills; sound management and organisational abilities, applied in a small team situation; and an understanding of Australia’s system of government and its parliamentary framework, in particular the role and operation of the Senate and its committee system.

The deadline for submission of applications for the position is 5:00pm on 7 May 2017.

The full position description and further information about how to apply can be found on the Department of the Senate recruitment website at

Salary $106,886 – $119,727.

If you would like further information about the position please contact Zoe Hutchinson or Toni Dawes at the contact details below.

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

PO Box 6100 |Parliament House |Canberra ACT 2600

P: 02 6277 3823  | F: 02 6277 5767 | E:



Men Engaging New Strategies Program

 RA (Tas) is running a new state wide program for low to moderate perpetrators of family violence

Relationships Australia Tasmania has been funded to provide a program for low to moderate perpetrators of family violence through the Department of Justice as part of the Safe Homes, Safe Families: Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020.  The program is called Men Engaging in New Strategies (MENS).  It is available for low to moderate perpetrators who accept responsibility for their behaviour.  The behaviour may fall within the broader definition of family violence as described in the Family Violence Act.

Briefly, the program is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approach to making perpetrators of family violence accountable for their behaviour and attitudes, and providing them with new ways of behaving and interacting. It will involve input from the victims of the family violence throughout the process. The safety of women and children remains central to the program.  The program is available for low to moderate perpetrators (first offenders essentially), and comprises a mixture of individual counselling and group co-facilitated sessions by practitioners. Numbers of perpetrators we are able to assist at any one time is limited (10-12 in a closed group setting). The MENS Program requires a significant commitment from participants of up to 24 weeks of intensive work.

We anticipate that perpetrators will either refer themselves or be referred to the program by Government agencies, community organisations, lawyers and/or by the courts. On referral they will be assessed for both eligibility and suitability for our program.

Potential participants need to call Relationships Australia, Tasmania on: 1300 364 277 and request that they be contacted by a counsellor concerning the Men Engaging New Strategies (MENS) program.


Worker Assist – Committee of Management Casual Vacancy


Worker Assist Tasmania Inc has been providing assistance to injured workers across Tasmania since 2011.  As an incorporated Community Legal Centre, administered by a committee of five (5) we are seeking one ordinary member to join the Committee of Management.

This is a casual vacancy that under the Worker Assist Constitution, the Committee of Management will appoint a member to fill the vacancy until the next annual general meeting which will be held in September, 2017.

The Committee of Management meets quarterly and occasionally other work will be involved depending on the skill of the individual and the needs of Worker Assist Inc.

Candidates with any of the following highly desirable attributes are encouraged to apply:

  • Knowledge or expertise in finance, accounting and general funding oversight;
  • Knowledge and experience of governance and risk management;
  • Knowledge or experience of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act;
  • Developing, reviewing and improving policies and procedures;
  • Prior Board experience an advantage.

The expressions of interest close on the 24thFebruary 2016 and should be forwarded to:

Secretary of Unions Tasmania

379 Elizabeth Street

North Hobart

Tasmania 7000

Please include your CV and a brief outline of the skills and experience you would bring to the Committee.

For more information about Worker Assist and its services, please visit our or contact Mylinda Purtell on 0436 001 161.


Cyber Precedent – Resources to help firms with their cyber security and to deal with cyber threats

Cybercrime and cyberespionage are not new problems for the Australian legal sector. They are, however, problems that are growing exponentially.

Lawyers are an attractive target, because of the sensitive information we hold. We are also a sensitive target, because any breach of security will likely affect client confidentiality.

We know many Australian firms and practices have invested serious time into cybersecurity measures and protocols. But we also know how daunting it can be, especially for smaller practices, to find the time and resources to defend against cybercrime.

That’s why the Law Council of Australia has launched a new information campaign to help lawyers protect themselves against cyber threats.

Cyber Precedent has been custom-built for Australian legal professionals and is based on expert advice. It also includes valuable input from a number of Law Societies and Bar Associations.

The easy to navigate resources include:

  • A list of the essential cybersecurity precautions law firms should take;
  • Advice on how to protect against ransomware;
  • A response checklist in the case of a cyber attack; and
  • A cybersecurity toolkit for the education of staff.

It is every Australian lawyer’s responsibility to take cybersecurity seriously. We hope these new resources, which will be updated regularly, will help you do just that.

We strongly urge you to bookmark this page today and start exploring what’s available.



Rohan Foon
Law Society of Tasmania