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Freedom of information advanced Module

Personal privacy – section 47F FOI Act

Who should attend

This course is for employees who have attended our 'Introduction to FOI' course.

Course outline

This course will examine section 47F of the FOI Act in considerable detail and will canvass the meaning of 'unreasonable disclosure'. A number of questions will arise:

  • How broad is the term 'personal information', which originates in the Privacy Act 1988?
  • What are the implications for consultation with third parties?
  • How does the modified public interest test in section 47F operate?

These questions are addressed in a combination of brief lectures, extended discussions and group exercises. A comprehensive background paper will also be provided.


Participants will be made aware of current thinking on section 47F and equipped with the means to further work out the practical ramifications of 'personal information' and 'unreasonable disclosure'.


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


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 courses will only be conducted if we receive sufficient nominations.