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2019 Panel: Complying with FOI & Privacy legislation when representing clients
Monday 14 October 2019, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Become more familiar with developments and practices in the NT jurisdiction around FOI and Privacy matters, including knowing what NTCAT expects as a minimum to ensure your clients (whether applicants or respondents) experience a fair hearing.

Venue:  Law Society Northern Territory, Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
Cost: $99.00 incl. GST
Level: Suitable for all Legal Practitioners, paralegals and business support staff

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During this seminar you will hear from a Panel of experts comprising, the Ombudsman and Information Commissioner, a senior lawyer with the Litigation Division of Solicitor for the NT and a Professor of Law who is a member of NTCAT.

They will address Australian and international developments in privacy legislation, provide an overview of the FOI jurisdiction and the NT Information Act, including key features of Parts 3 and 4, the peculiarities of the NT jurisdiction, what you need to prepare for Hearings for the best outcome for your clients, as well as how decisions are provided and published. They are willing to answer any questions you might have.

Panel Presenters

Peter Shoyer, Ombudsman & Information Commissioner Who let the data out! Privacy advice before the horse has bolted.
A review of developments in international and Australian privacy law that clients should know about.
Simon Wiese, Senior Lawyer, Litigation Division, DAGJ
A brief overview of FOI jurisdiction of the NT Information Act, including some unusual features of the NT jurisdiction and key features of Parts 3 and 4.
Professor Les McCrimmon, Professor of Law, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and Member of NTCAT Presenting an Information Act case in NTCAT.
Learn the Tips & Tricks when preparing for and presenting a case to NTCAT, find out what the Tribunal expects as a minimum.


Peter Shoyer is the current Information Commissioner, and since 2012, also the Ombudsman for the Northern Territory. He has an extensive legal and public administration background in the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Peter holds Masters degree in Law and has been admitted as a solicitor for over 30 years. He also holds a Bachelor of Economics and has worked in private practice as a lawyer for the University of Queensland and in the Office of the Queensland Information Commissioner.

He was previously inaugural NT Information Commissioner (2003-7) and spent over five years as Public Trustee, Registrar-General, Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages and an Executive Director within the Department of Justice. During that period, he regularly acted as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Executive of the Department.

Simon Wiese, a senior lawyer in the Administrative and Employment Law Team within the Litigation Division of the Solicitor for the NT. He gained his legal qualifications from CDU while working at the NT Anti-Discrimination Commission, after which he commenced practice with the Litigation division of the Solicitor for the NT. Over the past decade Simon has predominantly practised in employment and administrative law and undertaken temporary placements with the Department of Education and the Police Legal Units.

Professor Les McCrimmon is one of Australia’s leading experts on evidence law, advocacy and privacy. He holds a BA and LLB from the University of Alberta, Canada and an LLM by research from the University of Queensland. He is admitted as a legal practitioner in the NT and NSW. He is a member of the NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, President of the NT Law Reform Committee and a Fellow and Board member of the Australian Academy of Law. Professor McCrimmon has practiced as a barrister in the NT.

Earn 1 CPD point in Professional skill sin legal practice (CC) or Substantive law (SL) 

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Darwin NT 0800

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Darwin NT 0801


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