• November 2019

  • Friday, 22 November 2019
    22 Nov 2019 9:00am - 22 Nov 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Contact Reception on 03 8667 5667 to book your free 3rd place!


    This conference will be chaired by:

    Jason Pizer QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar


    Kay Chan, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    This conference provides an in-depth analysis of several key issues facing FOI and Privacy practitioners as follows: 

    Challenges, Trends and Issues Facing FOI and Privacy Practitioners 2020 - Hear from the Panel 

    Our panel will discuss the current issues facing practitioners including:

    • Potential Tougher Penalties under the Privacy Act 1988;

    • New Powers for the OAIC;

    • What’s Working and What’s Not Working Under OVIC;

    • Changes To OVIC Procedures; 

    • The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR);

    • 'Face App' - Is there cause for concern?

    Presented by: Sven Bluemmel, Victorian Information Commissioner

    Lisa Fitzgerald, Partner, Holding Redlich


    Keely O'Dowd, Senior Associate, K&L Gates

    Professional Standards and the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) 

    The Information Commissioner has now developed Professional Standards (a Legislative Instrument) that cover the conduct of agencies coming under the FOI Act, and how they operate under the Act. The Information Commissioner has published 33 draft Standards with a view to being finalised and commencing in late 2019.

    This session will outline the final version of the Professional Standards and provide a key update on the impact these Standards will have on Government agencies.

    Presented by: Joanne Kummrow, Public Access Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner

    Part II Information Statements 

    This session will cover  the drafting, reviewing or updating of your Part II Information Statement to ensure their compliance which is now more important than ever in anticipation of the Professional Standards.

    This session will provide essential drafting guidance to ensure compliance.

    Presented by: Roman Valher, A/Senior Policy Specialist, State Revenue Office

    Processing an FOI Request – How To and Practical Application 

    This session will cover procedures and issues to consider in initial processing stages of an FOI request (both personal and non-personal), including its validity, applicable statutory timeframes, obligations to consult and inform, urgency and notifying parties of a decision.

    Issues such as ‘voluminous’ and ‘unclear’ applications and agency obligations to consult and inform will also be covered.


    Presented by: Robin Davey, Manager, Freedom of Information Divison, Victoria Police

    Exemptions - Personal and Non-Personal 

    This session will cover personal application exemptions, including personal affairs and communications in confidence, as well as non-personal application exemptions such as privileged and internal working documents.

    Our presenter will outline whether and how these should be applied, including reference to Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act (1982) (Vic).

    This session will also highlight the less obvious exemptions such as Cabinet documents, documents affecting legal proceedings and law enforcement documents.

    Our presenter will also discuss the subtle nuances and factors to weigh up when making decisions in this area.

    Presented by: Steven Brnovic, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    FOI and Privacy - Recent Significant Decisions 

    This session will highlight recent significant cases relevant to FOI and Privacy practitioners so you can be confident you are up to date with the latest! This session will cover cases including issues such as:

    • CCTV and FOI Requests

    • Privacy Law impact on Employment issues including employer right to collect sensitive employee data, duty to protect data and Biometric Data.

    Presented by: Laurence White, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Public Interest Test and FOI Requests 

    This session will provide guidance on:

    • Understanding and interpreting the public interest test when considering FOI requests;

    • How to determine the proper decision in ambiguous or nuanced situations; and

    • Impact of unfavourable information having to be released.

    Presented by: Kristy Fisher, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Data De-identification and Privacy - A How To Guide and Risks 

    De-identification can allow entities to share information which would otherwise not be permitted under the Privacy Principles. This session will provide an overview of the de-identification process with respect to organisations that collect and retain personal data. 

    Presented by: Melanie Olynyk, Partner, Maddocks


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