New TAC protocols to be announced at annual Victorian law conference

10th May 2016

The launch of the long-awaited Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Protocols will be a highlight of the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) annual Victorian State Conference this week.

The conference is being held at Peppers The Sands Resort, Torquay, on Friday-Saturday 13-14 May from 8.30am and will examine legal issues ranging from the legal ramifications of self-driven vehicles through to an examination of common law issues by His Honour Judge Robert Dyer of the County Court of Victoria. The keynote address will be given by Human Rights Law Centre Executive Director, Hugh de Kretser.

In addition, the recipient of the 2016 ALA Victoria Civil Justice Award will be announced on the Saturday of the conference.

ALA Victoria President Geraldine Collins said that all media are welcome to attend the Victorian State Conference. Almost 200 local lawyers and other legal professionals have already registered to attend this event.

Ms Collins said the conference boasted an exceptional program, headlined by the release of the new TAC Protocols.

“The new Transport Accident Commission Protocols are the result of two years of consultation and co-operation between TAC, the Law Institute of Victoria and the Australian Lawyers Alliance,” Ms Collins said.

“The existing Protocols have successfully contained the costs involved in motor vehicle accident compensation and encouraged all parties to keep a primary focus on the interests of the client.”

“The 2016 Protocols look to increase the efficiency, clarity, performance and transparency of a scheme which has protected the rights of vulnerable people who have been injured on the roads,” Ms Collins said.

Ms Collins said the conference keynote address would be given by Human Rights Law Centre Executive Director Hugh de Kretser on the topic of The Erosion of Australia’s Democratic Foundations.

“We are delighted to announce Hugh de Kretser as keynote speaker,” Ms Collins said.

“In recent years, campaigns such as the war on terror and the offshore detention of asylum seekers have had a detrimental effect on Australia’s democratic institutions, and in some cases have restricted or even eliminated the rights and freedoms enjoyed by Australian citizens,” Ms Collins said.

“Mr de Kretser will address this trend as well as the effects it may have on the future of Australian society.”

Other conference highlights will include:

  • Self Driven – Automated Vehicles & The Future of Transport Accident Law; Katie Minogue, Associate, Maurice Blackburn
  • Quantum – recent developments; Fiona Crock, Lennon’s List and  Andrew Saunders, Lennon’s List
  • Current Trends at WorkSafe; Colin Bellis, Director, Dispute Management Division, WorkSafe Victoria
  • Common Law Trials and Tribulations; His Honour Judge Robert Dyer, County Court of Victoria
  • Public Liability; Mary Anne Hartley QC, Victorian Bar

The conference is being attended by plaintiff and defendant lawyers as well as representatives of various regulators and insurers.

The Australian Lawyers Alliance is a national, non-profit association that promotes justice, freedom and the rights of the individual.

The full conference program can be found here:

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