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Information law

AGS's national information practice comprises more than 25 lawyers and its key practitioners have a strong track record in defending freedom of information (FOI) decisions made by agencies in the AAT, Federal Court and High Court of Australia. We regularly act in the most high-profile and sensitive FOI and privacy matters.

AGS has been at the forefront of developments in FOI, privacy and confidentiality laws since their enactment and we bring a clear understanding of the role of concepts such as public interest and representative government to these matters.

We can help agencies interact with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner on applications for external review, requests for extension of time, vexatious FOI applicants and provision of notification of practical refusal reasons to FOI applicants – for example, where a request will constitute an unreasonable diversion of resources.

We can act for an agency on the first application to the AAT for review of a decision of the Australian Information Commissioner (AIC).

Our lawyers also offer privacy advice and audits to agencies and can assist with privacy impact assessments. We are also available to review and update agency documents to ensure that they comply with the APPs.

  Justin Davidson Senior Executive Lawyer 02 6253 7240
  Jane Lye Senior Executive Lawyer 07 3360 5736
  Elena Arduca Senior Executive Lawyer 03 9242 1473
  Tara McNeilly Senior General Counsel 02 6253 7374