Member Guidance Services

Member Guidance Services

The Communications Council provides guidance to assist members in maintaining compliance with industry codes and regulatory frameworks, in addition to business operations and team management. This service is strictly for members only and can be accessed by any individual within the member agency.

Guidance is provided in three key areas; legal, employment and business management.

  Legal Advice
Legal & Regulatory Guidance
Comms Council Professional Development

We work with von Muenster Solicitors & Attorneys as our industry partner in providing up to date, relevant guidance for marketing communications specialists. Backed by the collective experience of VM Solicitors and the Communications Council, this guidance is an important tool in ensuring campaigns meet regulatory standards. 

How this works
A number of options are available to members to provide flexibility in managing client and agency expectations, budgets and deadlines.

Option 1: Topline Codes, Legal and Regulatory Guidance

Topline codes, legal and regulatory guidance is available to members over the phone. Call or email the Communications Council at or (02) 8297 3800.

Your query will be addressed with a response from either a Communications Council representative or VM Solicitors.

Option 2: Legal Clearance/reviews of Material

This process is high level and identifies roadblocks, legal risks and makes recommendations. Clearance and advice is provided in writing by VM Solicitors. Each member agency receives 2 complimentary clearances per year (commencing January 2015). Subsequent approvals/guidance is provided at $300+gst per query.

To access clearance advice, please contact the Communications Council with the following:


  • Agency and client
  • Brief description of issue
  • Indicate what aspect of the campaign material you require clearance on (eg/ use of celebrity image)
  • Deadline for written advice

Option 3: More Complex Legal Challenges, Advice and Services

For more complex legal challenges, advices and services, members can engage directly with VM Solicitors at preferential rates. The types of services available include:


  • brand protection and trade marks
  • client relationships – agreements, services
  • consumer protection compliance
  • customer data use and protection
  • dispute resolution
  • intellectual property advice and protection
  • privacy and SPAM compliance
  • social media legals including risks advice and reduction
  • complex activations and promotions
  • PR and earned media

Contact Stephen von Muenster for a confidential discussion about your legal needs. – email SVM HERE or call (02) 8221 0933 or after hours emergency 0417 724 573.

  Employment Guidance
Employment Guidance  
Comms Council Professional Development

Partnering with workplace relations experts Employsure, guidance in this area assists agencies meet legal obligations in employment with practical and relevant tools for employee management.

Option 1: Over the phone support

Members can access advice over the phone support directly with Employsure for issues including:


  • Application of FairWork Act
  • Redundancy management
  • Bullying
  • Salary benefits packaging

To access employment advice, please contact the Communications Council.

Option 2: More Complex Issues

For more complex issues requiring comprehensive written legal advice, members can engage Employsure at preferential rates.

Contact Employsure on 1300 651 415.

 Comms Council Professional Development

For more information

Contact The Communications Council:
P: 02 8297 3800

Note: any advice provided is intended for guidance only and legal opinion should be obtained should the recipient be unsure of its legal implications.