Government Lawyers Half - Day Conference
Start time 25 Oct 2018 9:00am (Australia - Melbourne)
End time 25 Oct 2018 1:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Location Adina Apartment Hotel, 189 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Speaker See full conference details.
Catering Includes refreshments
Designed for Legal practitioners
Product Code C18017

Government Lawyers Half - Day Conference

25 Oct 2018 9:00am - 25 Oct 2018 1:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Adina Apartment Hotel, 189 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000


This program will be chaired by:

Natalie Blok, Barrister, Victorian Bar


The Current State of Statutory Interpretation 

Our presenter will outline recent trends and current approaches to statutory interpretation, with reference to recent case law. 

This session will include:

  • Reading statutory text the right way – why does it matter in your work?

  • Lessons from the High Court – text, context and purpose;

  • What to do and what to avoid; and

  • Top tips for persuading the decision maker to adopt your contended construction.

It’s statutory interpretation – but not as you know it!


Presented by: Fiona Alpins, Barrister, Victorian Bar

Mandatory Data Breach Notification Regime - How it Applies to State and Local Government Agencies  

This session will outline how The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (Cth) applies to State and Local Government Agencies, in light of recent high profile examples.


Presented by: Andrew Whiteside, Partner, Maddocks

Caretaker Conventions, Responsibilities and Limitations and Election 2018 

With a Victorian State election looming in 2018, this session gives a brief overview of the Caretaker Conventions and will highlight the nuances, practical issues and problems that can arise from limitations around contracts and other business leading up to an election.

Presented by: Ian H Gibson, General Counsel and Public Notary, Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

To Tweet or Not to Tweet - Public Service and Personal Opinion 

Recent high profile cases raise the question about a government employee’s right to make anonymous public comments that can reflect on the employer.  This session will address the current legal position and the risks posed when using social media to voice private views.


Presented by: Benjamin Marshall, Partner, Holding Redlich

Data Sharing – How does it affect me?


The Victorian Data Sharing Act 2017 (VDS Act) allows Victorian government departments and agencies to share and use data between themselves and with the newly created Chief Data Officer (CDO).

This session will address the following:

  •          Why share data and what does this mean for you?    
  •          Can I share data and with whom?
  •          What data can I share?
  •          How do I respond to a request for data?
  •          Can I request and use data?
  •          How must I use the data?
  •          What is the CDO’s role?
  •          How does this impact on our FOI obligations?
  •          How should these new powers and responsibilities be managed to limit risk?          


Presented by: Emma Damm, Solicitor, FOI Solutions

Judicial Review Case Update 

This session will focus on recent cases and address the potential impact of those decisions in light of previous authorities.


Presented by: Kylie Evans, Barrister, Victorian Bar


Total CPD Units: 4.0

Professional Skills: 1.0
Substantive Law: 3.0
(includes GST)