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Our lawyers have been handling sensitive privacy matters and requests for information held by government agencies for decades.

In the Queensland context, our team has been advising in this area of law since before the current Right to Information Act 2009 and Information Privacy Act 2009 regime was enacted.

In the Federal sphere, our team has provided health agencies, airports, and large corporations with advice on their many and varied obligations under the Privacy Act 1988.

Our Services

  • Providing strategic advice on managing privacy issues, including the collection of personal information via various mechanisms such as closed circuit television (CCTV);
  • Providing advice on the regimes applying to retention and disposal of information for government agencies;
  • Providing advice about the assessment of access applications made under the Right to Information Act 2009, including on exempt information and material that is not in the public interest to disclose;
  • Providing advice and preparing submissions about external review applications made to the Office of the Information Commissioner Queensland;
  • Preparing privacy policies and procedures and delivering training.

Results for Clients

  • Assisting in the implementation of a broad-scale CCTV program for a large regional local government and navigating the privacy implications associated with that.
  • Successfully making submissions against the disclosure of highly sensitive information as part of an external review application to the Office of the Information Commissioner Queensland.
  • Assisting in developing, from the ground up, processes to receive and review access applications made under the Right to Information Act 2009.

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