Member Guidance Services

Legal & Regulatory Guidance

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.

DVM Digby von MuensterWe work with DVM Law as our industry partner in providing up to date, relevant guidance for marketing communications specialists. Backed by the collective experience of DVM Law 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 via email. Email the Communications Council at

Your query will be addressed with a response from either a Communications Council representative or DVM Law.

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 DVM Law. Each member agency office receives 2 complimentary clearances per year. 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

Request for clearance advice >

Option 3: More Complex Legal Challenges, Advice and Services

For more complex legal challenges, advice and services, members can engage directly with DVM Law 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 Stephen HERE or call 02 8599 1280 or after hours emergency 0417 724 573.


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.