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‘I consider AGS to provide the highest quality and best value legal service to the Department.’ – CLIENT REFERENCE 2012

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Elena ArducaProtecting confidential legal advice: tips for government agencies – Elena Arduca, Senior Executive Lawyer at AGS. + transcript

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Tara McNeillyNavigating social media: public sector privacy risks – Tara McNeilly, Senior General Counsel at AGS. + transcript

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Justin DavidsonGovernment moves towards openness & collaboration: Hear Justin Davidson, Senior Executive Lawyer. + transcript

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‘I have found the lawyers at the AGS to be excellent practitioners who are knowledgeable about their areas of expertise, focussed on the needs and interests of their clients, insightful, easy to work with and flexible in how a client would like to work with the AGS.’ – CLIENT REFERENCE 2012

‘AGS has demonstrated an admirable capacity to accommodate unusual and pressing demands. Its sensitivity to the peculiar requirements of government legal work is also unrivalled.’ – CLIENT REFERENCE 2012


Information law

AGS's national information practice comprises more than 25 lawyers and its key practitioners have a strong track record in defending freedom of information (FOI) decisions made by agencies in the AAT, Federal Court and High Court of Australia. We regularly act in the most high-profile and sensitive FOI and privacy matters.

AGS has been at the forefront of developments in FOI, privacy and confidentiality laws since their enactment and we bring a clear understanding of the role of concepts such as public interest and representative government to these matters.

We can help agencies interact with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner on applications for external review, requests for extension of time, vexatious FOI applicants and provision of notification of practical refusal reasons to FOI applicants – for example, where a request will constitute an unreasonable diversion of resources.

We can act for an agency on the first application to the AAT for review of a decision of the Australian Information Commissioner (AIC). The Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014 (the Bill) was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 2 October 2014. The Bill proposes the repeal of the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 including abolition of the AIC and the amendment of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and related laws. If the Bill is passed in its current form, decisions of agencies under the FOI Act will be reviewable directly by the AAT.

Our lawyers also offer privacy advice and audits to agencies and can assist with privacy impact assessments. We are very well placed to advise agencies on the overall effect of the significant privacy reforms that commenced on 12 March 2014 and the impact that the new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) will have on day-to-day agency operations. We are also available to review and update agency documents to ensure that they comply with the APPs.

  Justin Davidson Jane Lye Elena Arduca
  Justin Davidson
Senior Executive Lawyer
T 02 6253 7240
Jane Lye
Senior Executive Lawyer
T 07 3360 5736
Elena Arduca
Senior Executive Lawyer
T 03 9242 1473
       
  Tara McNeilly    
  Tara McNeilly
Senior GeneralCounsel
T 02 6253 7374