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Freedom of Information Advanced Module

Amend records under FOI and privacy

Who should attend

This course is for employees who have attended our 'Introduction to FOI' or 'Introduction to privacy' course, or have equivalent training or substantial practical experience in dealing with applications for amendment of records of personal information.

Course outline

Both the FOI and Privacy Acts provide an avenue for individuals to seek amendment or annotation of records of personal information about themselves. This course explores:

  • threshold questions before agreeing to amend or annotate a record
  • what it means for a record to be 'incorrect', 'misleading', 'out of date' or 'incomplete' in FOI or privacy terms
  • amendment v annotation: what's the difference, and which is appropriate when?
  • what to include in an amendment or annotation
  • dealing with appeals when the individual concerned is dissatisfied with the amendment or annotation.


Participants will gain a clear appreciation of the role of, and limitations to, amendment regimes. They will have confidence that they understand what is required when amendment or annotation is sought and an approach to amendment which is fair, strategic and defensible.


Our presenters are experienced AGS lawyers who have a great depth of knowledge of the government environment and who practise extensively in the areas of information access.


This is a half-day course, either 9 am – 12.30 pm or 1.30 – 5 pm. The calendar indicates when sessions are being offered by either 'am' or 'pm'. Morning/afternoon tea will be provided.


Standard fee – $600 (inclusive of GST) per person

No more than 20 people will be accepted on each course and each course will only be conducted if we receive sufficient nominations.