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Cyberspace Law and Policy Series 2003

Short Continuing Legal Education conference on

The new Spam Act - How it works

Date: 4 December 2003
Grace Hotel, Sydney

Registration form and pamphlet [PDF]

About the conference

The Spam Bill introduced in September 2003 is expected to be in operation by the end of 2003. This continuing legal education seminar is for legal advisers, in house counsel, and marketing and e-business executives affected by the Spam ban.

Over a half day it will cover a range of topical areas:

      • The role of the regulator ACA
      • The philosophy and intent of the Spam Act
      • How marketing practice will be affected
      • Law and practice issues about complaints, enforcement, assessment and the like.

MCLE Units: half day 3 units.


Thursday 4 December 2003 - afternoon

1:50 pm Introduction from the chair, David Vaile, executive director of the Centre

2:00 Principles behind the intended operation of the Spam Act

Lindsay Barton, Manager, OnLine Policy, National Office of the Information Economy

One of the principal authors of the new Act explains the thinking behind it, and looks at how it operates in various situations.

2:45 pm The 'Spam Police': ACA's role

John Haydon, Executive Manager, Consumer and Universal Service Obligation, Australian Communications Authority

The ACA will administer the Spam ban. The manager of the ACA's spam project sets out how this will occur, and procedural and substantive issues likely to arise.

  • ACA role in the legislative package, priorities for the ACA
  • Expectations of industry
  • Future objectives

3:30 Afternoon Tea

4:00 Legal issues for ISPs and marketers

Patrick Fair, Partner in the IT and Communications Group, Baker and McKenzie

Content regulation of electronic messages can have intended and unintended consequences for a range of participants in the online and e-business world. A senior IT law specialist outlines some of the issues.

4:45 Marketing practice and the "Spam ban"

Jodie Sangster, Legal and regulatory affairs manager, Australian Direct Marketing Association

ADMA's qualified support for the new law was based on an expectation that responsible and ethical marketers will be able to avoid being caught, provided they review areas of risk.

5:30 pm Close


Date: 4 December 2003

Venue: Grace Hotel, 77 York Street (corner King Street) Sydney


Half Day - $352.00. GST Inclusive

Course fees include tuition, materials, and refreshments.

** Specials **
Postgraduate or undergraduate students, the unemployed, and community legal centre staff will receive a 25% discount on the normal fee charged for attending the event. Please indicate on the forms or during registration your status, and attach documentation.


Payment options accepted include Mastercard, Visa and Bankcard and cheques to be made out to "CLE".

This is one of four short events over two days. You can registerfor one or more of these as CLE using one of the following options:-

Option 1

Download and print the Registration form [PDF], fill out the relevant details and send it into CLE.

Please address the mail to:

Faculty of Law, UNSW
Sydney NSW 2052

Or fax to (02) 9385 1155. (Note new fax number - the one on the printed form is incorrect.)

Option 2

Send an email to CLE (cle [at] unsw.edu.au), and include in the subject line 'The Spam Act'.

Please include the following details in the body of the email:

  • Your Title and Name
  • Firm or Organisation
  • Occupation
  • Address
  • Telephone
  • Fax
  • Email
  • Payment details
    • Type of Credit Card <Mastercard, Visa or Bankcard>
    • Card Number
    • Expiry Date
    • Cardholder's name

Option 3

Call Robyn or Lisa at NSW CLE office on (02) 9385 2267 or (02) 9385 2195 and book by phone.

NB: For queries about the event's content, contact David on (02) 9385 3589 or Bridget on (02) 9385 3777.

NB: For queries about enrolment in the LAWS 5238 postgraduate course which includes this conference, see the course page and Kerrie Daley.

About CLE The Continuing Legal Education programme is an important link between the Law School at UNSW and the professional community. The programme consists of a series of quality short courses assisting lawyers, IT managers, accountants, financial planners, executives and other professionals whose work demands up-to-date knowledge of, and skills in, the relevant areas.

Mandatory CLE Units NSW solicitors who find our programmes relevant to their immediate or long term needs in relation to their professional development and practice of law may claim MCLE units for their attendance at the seminars.

Postgraduate Credit - this conference can be combined with three others and a research essay to form part of LAWS 5238 a postgraduate elective course worth 4 units. See the Course page.

About the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre - The centre, established within the Faculty of Law at UNSW, provides a focus for research, public interest advocacy and education on issues of law and policy concerning digital transactions in cyberspace. Baker & McKenzie (http://www.bakernet.com) are the founding supporters of the Centre.

About the Cyberspace Law and Policy Series - The Centre hosts a series of events examining the public interest in cyberspace legal and policy issues, and some practical workshops on related legal procedure. The series includes Continuing Legal Education conferences and workshops, Symposia which bring together policy makers and legal and technical experts for round table discussions, ad hoc LawTechTalks on campus, and major academic conferences.

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