FOI and Privacy Conference
Start time 4 Dec 2020 9:00am (Australia - Melbourne)
End time 4 Dec 2020 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Location Live Stream Only
Speaker See Full Program
Catering Not included
Designed for Legal Practioners
Product Code C20046
Total CPD Units: 7.0

Practice Management & Business Skills: 1.0
Professional Skills: 2.0
Substantive Law: 4.0
(includes GST)

FOI and Privacy Conference

4 Dec 2020 9:00am - 4 Dec 2020 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Live Stream Only

Super Sale Week Price 30% off: $413.00 (incl GST) – ends 7 December

Challenges, Trends and Issues Facing FOI Practitioners in 2020/2021  

The Victorian Information Commissioner will outline the Challenges, Trends and Issues Facing FOI Practitioners next year and will highlight major developments and key lessons for agency practice.

This session will also provide the opportunity for the Commissioner to address all your queries. Bring your questions!

Presented by: Sven BluemmelInformation Commissioner, Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner

Freedom of Information & Privacy – Recent Significant Issues  

This session will highlight significant recent issues arising in the FOI and privacy space so you can be confident you are up to date with the latest.

In addition to recent FOI and Privacy cases of interest, this session will cover issues such as:

  • Privacy issues associated with the COVID-19 situation, including data collection, information sharing and privacy risks; and
  • Privacy and FOI considerations in the use of drones.

Presented by: Melanie Olynyk, Partner, Maddocks  

Processing an FOI Request and the Impact of COVID-19 – Overview and Practical Application 

This session will cover the issues to be considered in the initial processing stages of an FOI request and how these processes have been impacted by COVID-19.

Presented by: Veronica Scott, Director, KPMG Law

FOI Professional Standards – Overview and Drafting Part II Information Statements   

This session will outline the important elements of the Professional Standards and drafting tips for Part II Information Statements including:

  • Timeframes, extension of timeframes and record keeping; and
  • Drafting, reviewing or updating of your Part II Information Statement to ensure they align with the Professional Standards.

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

Refusing Access to Documents – Drafting Recommendations and Decision Letters 

This session will provide guidance on drafting appropriate and thorough Recommendations and Decision Letters and the best practice drafting strategies you can use in your communications.

Presented by: Andrew Field, Managing Principal Solicitor, Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

Exemptions – An Overview and Update  

This session will outline the most common exemptions and also highlight the less obvious Exemptions including:

  • Cabinet Documents;
  • Documents Affecting Legal Proceedings; and
  • Law Enforcement Documents.

This session will also cover:

  • Personal application exemptions including personal affairs and Communications in confidence; and
  • Non-personal application exemptions such as privileged and internal working documents.

Presented by: Jonathan Bayly, Barrister, Victorian Bar

Impact of COVID-19 on FOI Matters  

This session will discuss VCAT processes and procedures in FOI matters, particularly in light of the impact of COVID-19. This session is a unique opportunity to hear directly from an experienced and senior practitioner and bring you up to date.

Freedom Of Information Appeal Process  

An experienced Legal Practitioner will discuss and provide insights into the FOI appeal process. This session is a unique opportunity to learn Tips and Traps of the FOI Appeal process, which you can apply to your matters.

Presented by: Marissa Chorn, Barrister, Victorian Bar

Managing Cyber Risk for Law Firms - Dealing with COVID-19*  

The sudden transition to working remotely and total reliance on technology to manage clients and legal practice, has significantly increased the risks of an external attack on systems, breach of client confidential information and organisation’s security.

This one hour CPD seminar is designed to help you identify and guide you through the essential issues to focus on and how to manage your clients and risks.

  • Cyber attacks;
  • Cyber risk and workplace mobility;
  • Client confidentiality, electronic tampering and your professional liability;
  • and more!

*Pre-recorded webcast.

Presented by Phil Farrelly, Systems Architect, Kala Computer Pty Ltd on Wednesday 1 April 2020.