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Civil Liability Act 2003 – 7 November 2013

Civil Liability Regulation 2014 – 1 July 2015

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A person should take precautions against risk of harm to others to prevent a civil claim for damages. A warning may be required to be given where a service could result in the risk of death or personal injury. A person however generally accepts their own risk of harm for dangerous recreational activities.

  • Sections 9, 10, 15, 18, 19

A volunteer generally does not incur any personal civil liability in relation to any act or omission done or made by the volunteer in good faith when doing community work organised by a community organisation or as an office holder of a community organisation. Note: A similar protection may be offered under Commonwealth legislation. For the definitions of ‘community organisation’ and ‘community work’, refer to section 38 of the Act.

  • Sections 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44

A person’s intoxication or reliance upon an intoxicated person may reduce a person’s civil claim for damages.

  • Sections 47, 48, 49

A person claiming for personal injury damages may give the person who caused harm a notice suggesting action which should be taken to reduce damages.

  • Section 53

A person who has caused harm to another may make an expression of regret or apology that cannot be used against them in a civil claim for damages (but only prior to proceedings if they relate to personal injury).

  • Sections 68, 70, 71, 72, 72A, 72B, 72C, 72D
Reason for law

To reform the law of civil liability for negligent acts. (Long title to Act)

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Section 3: notes forming part of an Act is not common for Acts of Parliament.

Section 58 contains the phrases ‘loss of consortium’ and ‘loss of servitium’. These phrases are not commonly understood by members of the public.

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