Senior Executive LawyerInformation law
Elena is a specialist administrative law adviser with over 20 years’ experience in privacy, Freedom of Information (FOI), archives, administrative and judicial review. She regularly advises clients in relation to FOI and privacy matters.
Elena is also the current Information Law Team leader.
She has appeared as counsel in a number of significant FOI and privacy matters in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court. Elena has conducted complex privacy impact assessments for various agencies, many of which have involved assessment of new Information Communications and Technology (ICT) systems and cross-agency information access and sharing. Elena is a highly regarded trainer, regularly delivering privacy, FOI and general administrative law training for clients. She also presents at client forums and seminars on significant information access issues.
Elena’s relevant experience includes:
- advising and acting for agencies in relation to complex FOI matters
- advising agencies on the application of the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles, including privacy breaches and implications of information-sharing between agencies
- advising agencies in relation to data breaches under the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme.
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University, 1989
Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University, 1988
Graduate Diploma Legal Studies, Latrobe University, 1986
Bachelor of Arts, Latrobe University, 1985
Elena received an Attorney-General’s Department Australia Day Award in 2019 for her role in supporting the Department of Home Affairs and the Attorney-General in responding to applications for urgent transfer from Nauru and other locations on medical grounds.