Crown Solicitor's Office

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Specialised training

The Crown Solicitor's Office provides specialised training in NSW privacy legislation and in the GIPA Act. Course descriptions are below.

All courses have limited places, so we recommend you regsiter early. Go to 2018 training dates and registration forms.

NSW privacy legislation training

Delivery: 1-day interactive workshop

Recommended for: anyone involved in the collection or management of records containing personal information or health information in NSW State Government departments, agencies, boards, committees, councils and universities.

Course outline

This course has been developed to help you understand the full implications of NSW privacy legislation in your workplace.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • NSW privacy legislation: the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIPA) and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIPA)
  • the meaning of "personal information" and "health information" and the distinction between the two
  • privacy principles in the PPIPA and HRIPA addressing the collection, use, disclosure, access, amendment, retention and security of personal and health information
  • exemptions to the privacy principles
  • internal and external review of breaches of NSW privacy legislation.

The course will engage participants through:

  • interactive presentations
  • group discussions
  • case studies.

Course outcomes

At the completion of the course, participants should have: 

  • an understanding of the key differences between PPIPA and HRIPA  and the information to which each applies
  • an understanding of the privacy principles in PPIPA and HRIPA, and how to apply them in practice
  • an awareness of the different exemptions to the privacy principles and where to find them
  • an awareness of the mechanisms for a person to seek a review of a breach of NSW privacy legislation
  • an awareness of some common pitfalls in applying NSW privacy legislation, and how to avoid them.

This course is limited to no more than 20 people, to maximize participation and learning.

Go to 2018 training dates and registration forms.

Note: this 1-day workshop combines and replaces the separate Introductory and Advanced workshops we used to run. If you have attended one of our introductory workshops, there will be some duplication of content. However, we do suggest this combined course as a useful refresher, as well as an opportunity to develop your knowledge of NSW privacy legislation.  

Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) training

Course 1: Introduction to the GIPA Act

Delivery: 1-day interactive workshop

Recommended for: NSW government staff who require an understanding of the GIPA Act and its processes, and currently have limited or no experience of the GIPA Act.

Course outline

To help you understand the implications of working under the GIPA Act, the workshop will cover the following topics:

  • what kind of information is available under the GIPA Act, and how it can be accessed
  • how to process an application
  • consulting with third parties
  • how to determine whether there is an “overriding public interest against disclosure”
  • preparing decisions under the GIPA Act
  • avenues for seeking review of agency decisions.

The course will engage participants through:

  • interactive presentations
  • group discussions
  • case studies based on real problems encountered by government agencies.

Course outcomes

At the completion of the course, participants should have: 

  • an understanding of the coverage of the GIPA Act, and what government information may be accessed under the Act
  • an understanding of how to efficiently process formal and informal GIPA Act applications
  • knowledge of fees and charges
  • an understanding of what constitutes an "overriding public interest against disclosure" and how to apply the balancing test
  • awareness of the avenues of review or appeal of agency decisions.

This course is limited to no more than 16 people, to maximize participation and learning.

Go to 2018 training dates and registration forms.

Course 2: Advanced GIPA Act training

Delivery: 1-day interactive workshop

Recommended for: those who have completed Course 1: Introduction to the GIPA Act, and those with some experience in applying Freedom of Information and the GIPA Act. 

Please note that the course content is designed primarily for staff of State Government agencies.

Course outline

This workshop assumes knowledge of the procedural aspects of the GIPA Act (covered in the introductory workshop), and will cover the following topics:

  • the application of the "overriding public interest against disclosure" test in complex cases
  • the operation of the conclusive presumption of an overriding public interest against disclosure
  • the impact of the applicant's identity and purpose in seeking information under the GIPA Act.

The course will engage participants through:

  • interactive presentations
  • group discussions
  • case studies based on real problems encountered by government agencies.

Course outcomes

At the completion of the course, participants should have:

  • an understanding of how to manage complex cases
  • an understanding of their obligations and compliance requirements under the GIPA Act.

This course is limited to no more than 16 people, to maximize participation and learning.

Go to 2018 training dates and registration forms.

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