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Privacy Law Training Module

Privacy Act reforms – half-day version

Who should attend

This course is suitable for all Commonwealth staff, but is particularly relevant to those working in human resources or customer/client service environments, as well as those with responsibility for the Privacy Act 1988 within their agency.

Course outline

The Commonwealth privacy law environment is about to change in fundamental ways. Legislative reform has been enacted, awaiting commencement in March 2014. For Commonwealth agencies, there is a lot to do before then to ensure readiness for the revised privacy protection regime.

Join some of AGS’s most senior privacy practitioners for a half-day course that explores the most fundamental issues that will face virtually all Commonwealth agencies under the proposed reforms.

This session will be both informative and interactive, providing agency officers with an opportunity to reflect on the ways in which the changes will affect their daily operations.

Topics to be covered will include:

    1. What should I know about the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012?
    2. The Australian Privacy Principles – what changes (and what do I need to do about it)?
    3. The Privacy Commissioner’s new powers – what will they mean in practice?
    4. Beyond the Australian Privacy Principles – what lies ahead?


This course presents essential information for public servants dealing routinely with information about individuals. It is particularly relevant to those performing a human services or client-liaison function for their agency, as well as privacy contact officers and legal advisers dealing with the Privacy Act 1988. Following attendance at this course, participants will be equipped with a sound knowledge of the most important changes to privacy regulation and will have begun the process of analysing the steps they will need to take within their agency to ensure readiness for the commencement of the reforms in March 2014.


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,starting at either 9.30 am or 1.30 pm. The calendar indicates when sessions are being offered by either 'am' or 'pm'. Morning/afternoon tea will be provided.


Fee – $350 per person (inclusive of GST).

Course numbers are limited to 20, and courses will only be held if we receive a sufficient number of registrations.