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Tasmania Prison Service – Delay in Professional Mail

The TPS has received advice that it is possible that coronavirus may be able to survive on items such as mail and property for up to three days.

As a result, effective from 30 March 2020, the TPS will be quarantining mail for three days before it is processed and sent down to the prison facilities. Prisoners have been advised of this delay.

If there are any documents that need to be provided on an urgent basis, they can be emailed to TPS.Warrants@justice.tas.gov.au. Only urgent documents should be sent to prisoners this way. I stress that while legal mail will not be read, staff will be opening the electronic documents to print them, and will therefore be inadvertently viewing such documents. Practitioners may wish to consider this prior to sending legal material.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new process, please direct them to executive.support@justice.tas.gov.au.

Closure of Staffordshire House


As a result of COVID-19 Staffordshire House will be closed from Wednesday 1 April 2020. The access code will be changed in coming days and access cards will no longer work. Practitioners are asked to return their access cards to the Society.

Luke Rheinberger
Executive Director

Physical Access to the Andrew Inglis Clark, Launceston and North-West Law Libraries

The Andrew Inglis Clark Law Libary in Hobart, Launceston Law Library and North-West Law Library will be closed to practitioners and the public from Tuesday 31 March 2020 until further notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure will also apply to after hours access. The library service will remain open for business however, and we will continue to provide a full range of services remotely. 
 
Our priority at this time is the health and wellbeing of our staff, our customers and the wider community.
 
Consistent with Federal and State Government advice, we are seeking to reduce the risk of infection with the novel coronavirus by closing our physical premises until further notice.
 
Although the physical library space itself will be closed, as mentioned above, our services are still running. Library staff can still access the physical collection, and will endeavour to fulfill your information and research requests. We will be increasing the range of electronic content available to the legal profession over the forthcoming weeks and will keep you informed via this newsletter, the Law Society newsletter and via our website. 

Please return all loan items (Hobart, Launceston and Burnie) as soon as possible, via post or DX to the AIC library for processing.

Please contact us for assistance with information and research requests during this period.

Kind regards
Tasmanian Law Library team
Andrew Inglis Clark Law Libary

The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia – Questions and Answers -Parenting Arrangements

The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have today published a series of Questions and Answers for parents who may have concerns relating to parenting arrangements amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Q&As are available from the Family Court of Australia website:

http://www.familycourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fcoaweb/about/covid/covid-faq/


And the Federal Circuit Court of Australia website:

http://www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fccweb/about/covid/covid-faq/

Foreign Investments now Requiring Federal Government Approval

On 29 March 2020 the Federal Treasurer posted a media release relating to changes to the foreign investment framework.   Further administrative details to give effect to this announcement will be published on the FIRB website in due course. In the meantime, please also see the FIRB website summarising these changes and the FIRB media release for more information.

Media Release excerpt:

The Morrison Government is today announcing temporary changes to the foreign investment review framework that are designed to protect Australia’s national interest as we deal with the economic implications arising from the spread of the coronavirus.

Effective from this date of announcement, all proposed foreign investments into Australia subject to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (the Act) will require approval, regardless of value or the nature of the foreign investor.

This is not an investment freeze. Australia is open for business and recognises investment at this time can be beneficial if in the national interest. 

The temporary change will be achieved by reducing to $0 the monetary screening thresholds for all foreign investments under the Act. By temporarily reducing the foreign investment thresholds, the Australian Government will ensure appropriate oversight over all proposed foreign investment during this time.

To ensure sufficient time for screening applications, the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) will be working with existing and new applicants to extend timeframes for reviewing applications from 30 days to up to six months. … Read more here.