Legal & Regulatory Workshops

Legislation & Guidance

WorkshopsThe Communications Council makes an ongoing effort to acquire and update business information and advice on behalf of our members. This includes agency remuneration and contracts, intellectual property, talent, tax and industrial relations advice, plus voluntary codes and regulations, pitching guidelines, client/agency agreements and other invaluable industry information. The sole purpose of this is to help our members run better businesses.

Legal clearances

All member agencies are entitled to two complimentary written legal clearances each year.

The Communications Council has been educating agencies on the self-regulatory framework since 2001.

In 2016 we responded to more than 85 member queries, including providing 15 complimentary written legal clearances to members through our partner Digby von Muenster Solicitors and Attorneys.

We also regularly conduct workshops with various members and our representative councils on the different Acts, codes and guidelines that may impact on marketing communications and commercial creativity, with the intention of promoting compliance and reducing legal and commercial risks to advertisers and their agencies.

The Communications Council delivers bespoke workshops for our members which are designed to meet companies’ needs on self-regulatory guidelines and/or the specialist codes that apply to specific industries and we share our best practice documents via our resource centre.

The Communications Council believes that leading our industry is best realised through collaboration, partnership and cross-pollination. We partner with AANA, ASB, ABAC and OMA to deliver self-regulation training that is relevant, up to date and reflects the industry’s state of play.

Consumer law and codes

This workshop only takes around 90 minutes and underlines why a culture of compliance is an essential and practical form of ‘risk insurance’ for all businesses. The workshop can comprise 5-25 people from all areas and levels of business. Like all workshops, it is interactive, with up-to-date cases that demonstrate ACCC cases, Advertising Standards Bureau codes/regulatory issues, IP and Copyright.

This workshop is exclusive to our corporate members. If you’re interested in attending this workshop please register your interest at

Legal issues for social media marketing

Addressing top legal issues that agencies face in social media communications, the workshop uses recent market examples, and covers consumer-generated branded content, advertiser blogs, ad mashups and consumer commentary. What are your responsibilities and what are the risks? These are the things you need to know before you plan any social media campaign.

This workshop is exclusive to members at preferred rates. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please register your interest at

New privacy laws

New data protection laws will be introduced that change how Australian businesses collect, store and use customer data.

These reforms apply to all agencies, marketers and publishers. Failure to comply with the new APPs could result in serious penalties with potential fines of up to $1.7million. This practical legal seminar will help you and your agency teams understand the impact of privacy laws, ensuring you are well equipped to manage client expectations and your own legal responsibilities.

Workshops can be tailored to specifically meet your company and agency needs. Please contact us on (02) 8297 3800 or email