Information for Organisations
Access to Premises Standards
To assist local government, developers, architects, designers and building professionals to better understand the application of the new Premises Standards, the Australian Human Rights Commission has issued Guidelines on the application of the Premises Standards.
The Commonwealth Disability (Access to Premises - buildings) Standards 2010 commences on 1 May 2011. Any application for a building approval for a new building, or upgrade of an existing building on or after that date will trigger the application of the new Premises Standards.
Office for the Community Sector
The Office for the Community Sector (OCS) was established in 2008 in the Department of Planning and Community Development to support the Victorian Not-For-Profit (NFP) community sector to be sustainable into the future. The OCS has two key responsibilities:
- driving cross-government activity that reduces unnecessary burden related to government accountability and compliance requirements;
- and supporting the sector to build capacity to continue to be responsive to the needs of Victorians.
Visit their website at www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/communitydevelopment/community-sector
It is extremely important that every facility has developed a heatwave plan. To assist with the development of your plan please visit the following websites:
For up to date weather information, please visit the Bureau of Meteorology website, including the following pages specifically related to Victoria.
Fair Trading - Preventing unfair terms in health and fitness centre membership agreements: A guide for the health and fitness industry
This guide (click on the link below to download) explains how Consumer Affairs Victoria applies unfair contract terms legislation to health and fitness centre membership agreements.
This guide has been designed to help health and fitness centre operators, legal practitioners and consumer advocates understand how Consumer Affairs Victoria will apply the unfair contract terms legislation to membership agreements. It includes examples of the types of terms that may be considered unfair. However, this is not a definitive list. If you are unsure whether a term in a specific contract could be considered to be unfair, you should obtain independent legal advice.
This summary is an extract from 'Preventing unfair terms in health and fitness centre agreements'
Public Health and Wellbeing Act & Regulations
The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009, which contain provisions that cover aquatic facilities, came into effect on 1 January 2010. For more information, please visit www.health.vic.gov.au/phwa/
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