Insights into Australian FoI Law

Useful insights into current FoI law in Australia:
  • Restoring trust and integrity - What the FOI reforms will mean for Federal Government agencies (Caroline Bush and Avinesh Chand outline the basic elements of five of the key reforms proposed in the Federal Government's draft FOI reform package)

  • Cabinet documents and FOI: The Full Federal Court decides (Cabinet documents are exempted from FOI requests - but what are they? And how do you prove it? The Full Federal Court's decision in Fisse offers some (but not all) of the answers to the cabinet document exemption as it currently exists, as Avinesh Chand and Alice Linacre explain)

  • Privacy v freedom of information: inherently incompatible? (Promoting open and transparent government can sometimes conflict with the protection of an individual's privacy. Jan Cumming discusses a recent New Zealand case which offers some guidance on resolving the conflict)

  • FYI - FOI and privacy case notes (Avinesh Chand rounds up the latest in FOI)

  • A step closer to uniform privacy laws? (The Commonwealth Office of the Privacy Commissioner has set out its views on how best to harmonise State and Territory privacy laws with Federal legislation. Alison Tibell looks at the main proposals)
Information Law Insights (Clayton Utz, 8 April 2009)