Legal Profession Act Amendments - Have your say

The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring that public consultation processes are open and transparent and we are seeking your input on the Legal Profession Act Amendment (Validation) Bill 2019  (pdf, 183.1 KB).

A two-week period of public consultation on a Bill to amend the Legal Profession Act 2007 (the Act) has commenced.

The Legal Profession Amendment (Validation) Bill 2019 amends section 361 of the Legal Profession Act 2007 to clarify the range and type of persons and organisations that the Minister for Justice can invite to make application for grants of money from the excess funds in the Solicitors’ Guarantee Fund.

The Bill is not intended to broaden the range of persons and organisations from those who are traditionally invited to apply, rather it seeks to amend the Act to clarify that the persons and organisations who can make applications for grants are those that provide legal or legal-related assistance, services, or advice, and includes instrumentalities of the Crown.

The Bill also contains an amendment that validates certain past decisions to invite and/or approve grants from the excess funds in the Solicitors’ Guarantee Fund.

How to make a submission

We must receive all written submissions on the draft Legal Profession Amendment (Validation) Bill 2019 by 5pm on Tuesday, 20 August 2019.

You can make your submission either online, by email or by post.

Submit online

your can upload only docx, doc or pdf and not larger than 10 MB

Important: By submitting your file, you agree to publish it on this website.

Email

Email your submission to haveyoursay@justice.tas.gov.au

Post

Mail your submission to

Department of Justice
Office of the Secretary
GPO Box 825
Hobart TAS 7001

Publishing submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on the Department of Justice website.

Submissions will be published once the Government’s consideration of submissions has concluded.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

For further information, please read the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy (external link).

Important information to note

  1. Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
  2. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.
  3. If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission, clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
  4. Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
  5. The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot, however, take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.