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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Victorian workplace privacy bill

The Victorian Attorney General has introduced the Surveillance Devices (Workplace Privacy) Bill which prohibits surveillance in workplace toilets, washrooms, change rooms and lactation rooms.

The Bill acts on one of the recommendations contained in a 2005 Victorian Law Reform Commission report on workplace privacy - Workplace Privacy Final Report: October 2005. Other recommendations have not yet been acted upon.

NSW has since October 2005 a comprehensive Workplace Surveillance Act.

The Federal Government yesterday indicated support for national consistency in this and related privacy laws and a Working Party will report to the Standing Committee of Attorneys General.

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