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Increased Duties Relating to Child Sexual Abuse

In Victoria, the law has until recently only required a limited list of prescribed professionals to report ‘children in need of protection’. These included registered medical practitioners, nurses, teachers, school principals, members of the police force, youth or social workers, … Continue reading

Baseline Sentencing

The Victorian Government is currently seeking to amend current sentencing requirements through the introduction of the Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences) Bill 2014 (“the Bill”). The Bill is designed to further deter persons from committing a wide range of crimes, thereby … Continue reading

Family Violence

Family violence is a devastating and complex issue that affects many Australian families. With an increase in public awareness and concern about the prevalence of family violence amongst Australian families and its tragic effects on those families, recent governments have … Continue reading

COTA Victoria Working Paper on Social Isolation, Mental Health and welbeing of Older Victorians

The COTA Working Paper launched by Dr Cathy Mead, Chair of COTA comes at the other end of this discussion in identifying the risks of mental illness for older people if they remain isolated and excluded. So what do we … Continue reading

The Mental Health Bill 2014

Breaking news this year was the publication of the Mental Health Bill 2014. The Mental Health Bill seeks to amend the Mental Health Act 1986 and when it commences and becomes law on 1 July 2014 seeks to introduce reforms … Continue reading

Client FUNction 2014

We at Hutchinson Legal would like to thank all of those who attended our Client FUNction Movie Night on Monday, 26 May 2014. It was a great night catching up with clients, friends and family of Hutchinson Legal. We hope … Continue reading

Increased Mandatory Reporting Requirements in Victoria

The challenges of child sexual abuse and violence have been thrust into the public spotlight over recent years, with a dramatic increase in community awareness of these previously “taboo” topics. Significant media and community attention has called for legal reform … Continue reading

Borrowers Beware

Have you ever borrowed a friend, family member or co-worker’s car without first checking that it is registered? Most of us would assume, when borrowing a car that it is  registered. But borrowers should beware, if you are caught driving … Continue reading

Toughing Up on Workplace Bullies

1 January 2014 marks the start of new workplace bullying laws. The Fair Work Amendment Act 2013, came into effect at the beginning of the year, following a 2013 report from the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and … Continue reading


Hutchinson Legal had the pleasure of visiting Benwerren, a women’s retreat which helps provide support for women with children in need of short term accommodation. It is a peaceful environment where women can come and take time out whilst being … Continue reading