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SA law changes to take effect on July 1

The start of the new financial year brings several law changes in South Australia including a retail code for energy providers and whistleblower protections.

The beginning of the new financial year will bring with it several law changes in South Australia. The changes include:

* Gayle's Law - Health practitioners in remote areas must be accompanied by a second responder when attending an out-of-hours or unscheduled call-out. The change follows the murder of outback nurse Gayle Woodford in 2016.

* Working with children checks - Teachers, religious ministers, healthcare workers, emergency services personnel and children's party entertainers will require a clearance to work with children for the first time.

* Electricity Retail Code - Energy retailers must comply with a new code by advertising electricity plans in a way that makes it easier for consumers to compare prices and offers.

* Public Interest Disclosure Act - Allows for the disclosure of information in the public interest by ensuring proper procedures are in place. The act also legislates certain protections for whistleblowers.

* Third party insurance - Motorists to be allowed to pick their third-party insurer from a range of providers, enabling them to get the best possible price and save up to $100 a year.

* Reliable power - The state's energy minister to get new powers to take preventative steps if there is a real risk that electricity to all of parts of the state may be disrupted.

* Rail safety - New drug and alcohol testing for railway safety workers and new penalties for interfering with or destroying saliva, urine or blood samples.

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