Recent trends in the personal affairs exemption

In recent years, there have been a number of VCAT cases which deal with how to apply the personal affairs exemption in s 33 of the Victorian FOI Act.  At the same time, just when you thought it was getting clearer, there have been some decisions which appear to confuse concepts in s 33 like:

  • When is information about agency staff personal affairs information?
  • What information about agency staff is considered unreasonable to disclose?
  • Does it matter that your agency does not have staff with a VPS classification?
  • What recent examples have there been of other personal affairs information being disclosed or exempted?

The webinar will provide an essential guide for FOI decision makers in Victoria to understand:

  • recent VCAT decision trends about the personal affairs exemption;
  • uncertainty that exists about the s 33 exemption to be aware of in your daily decision-making;
  • how the OVIC might be getting it wrong; and
  • when it might be worth challenging an OVIC decision disclosing personal affairs information

You cannot afford to miss out on this extensive session.  This session has been developed and is being presented by Mick Batskos, Executive Director of FOI Solutions.  It will refer to relevant legal concepts and will provide extensive practical examples.  Have all your questions about the application of s 33 answered.  Questions can be asked before, during and after the session, with brief written answers being sent to all participants within 3 days of the session.

The webinar will be conducted using WebEx (end to end encryption).  For information about how this will work, click here for FAQs.

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04 Sep 2020


9:30 am - 10:30 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 03 Sep 2020
  • Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm




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