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Excluded information and invalid GIPA Act applications

24 Oct, 2021

The objective of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (Act) is generally to maintain and advance a system of responsible government that is open and accountable and facilitates access to government information to the public. Although the Act provides…

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Defamation law reforms: What’s changed for public officials?

9 Sep, 2021

The Defamation Amendment Act 2020 (Amending Act) commenced operation on 1 July 2021. It represents the first stage of proposed reforms to defamation law. The Amending Act significantly reformed the Defamation Act 2005 (Defamation Act). But how are these changes relevant to…

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GIPA Act and Privileged Legal Advice

21 Jul, 2021

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal recently discussed the risk of waiving privilege where the substance of legal advice is inadvertently disclosed. The proceedings arose out of an application for information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act). The…

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ALERT: Proposed Changes to NSW Privacy Laws – Release of Consultation Draft of Privacy and Personal Information Protection Amendment Bill 2021 including introduction of proposed mandatory notification of data breaches scheme

16 May, 2021

On 7 May 2021, the State Government released for public consultation a draft of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Amendment Bill 2021 (‘Draft Bill‘), which proposes to amend the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (‘PPIP Act‘) namely…

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When is excluded information under the GIPA Act really excluded?

25 Oct, 2020

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 is generally assumed to have been designed to open up government information to the public. Nevertheless, the Act identifies broad categories of ‘excluded information‘ of certain agencies which are subject to a conclusive presumption…

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Proposed Law Regarding Invasions of Privacy

15 Mar, 2020

On 27 February 2020, the Civil Remedies for Serious Invasions of Privacy Bill 2020 (Bill) was introduced to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. The Bill proposes to create a statutory cause of action for the serious invasion of a…

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