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The following material comes from our e-book, Working With the Law

The Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) circumscribes the handling, use and storage of personal informaiton about individuals. Here we touch on the following topics:

  • Key Definitions
  • APP 3 — Collection of Solicited Information

  • APP 4 — Unsolicited Information

  • APP 6 — Use or Disclosure of Information

  • APP 11 — Security of Information

  • APP 12 — Access to Information

The use of technology to enhance surveillance capabilities and make permanent records is a power for good and evil. Here we touch on the following topics:

  • Telephone and Network Interception
  • Listening and Optical Devices

  • Parties

  • Private Activities and Conversations

  • Tracking Devices

Contracts lie at the heart of business. Equity lies at the heart of contracts, being  all about keeping promises and acting fairly. Here we touch on the following topics:

  • What makes a valid contract?

  • Forms of Agreement

  • Estoppel

  • Interpreting and changing a contract

  • Termination

  • Vitiating Factors


Negligence law exists to hold people and organisaitons accountable to each other for harm suffered due to the shortcoming of another. Love it or hate it. Here we touch on the following topics:

  • The inception of negligence law

  • Threshold incapacity

  • Duty of care

  • Foreseeability

The Rules of Evidence tell courts how they must determine whether evidence is admissible at trial. They exist to ensure predictability and fairness in trials. Here we touch on the following topics:

  • What are the rules of evidence for?

  • Relevance

  • Hearsay

  • Opinion

  • Past Judgments

A body of law based on fair play says that if you are entrusted with a secret, or you come by one yourself, you are legally bound to keep it. We touch on:

  • Underlying concepts of the rule and its flaws
  • Iniquity defence - Gartside v Outtram
  • Equitable maxim of clean hands
  • Detriment rule and the ensuing debate

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