We are living in the Information Age! Governments and the private sector collect and hold vast amounts of information and we each disclose information about ourselves on an almost daily basis. How much control do we, as individuals, have over information that relates to us? What are the limits to providing access to government held information? On what grounds can information be shared, released, withheld and stored?
The aim of this course is to explore the way in which information is regulated in Australia by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) and the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). The course will explore contemporary issues regarding government information management in the Australian regulatory framework. The role of confidentiality and legislative secrecy provisions, the requirements relating to personal information and other elements of privacy protection, and the operation of the FOI Act will all be examined.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify, analyse and reflect on the circumstances in which information developed or held by government should be protected against disclosure
- Identify and apply the principles relating to the procedure for making a FOI request, the FOI decision making process and the application of exemptions from disclose of government held information
- Explain, distinguish and apply the key concepts of the Privacy framework applicable to government.
- Identify and critically examine (in written and/or oral form) a range of perspectives and values that are relevant to access to government information, including the future direction of FOI and privacy law in Australia
- Investigate and critically discuss whether Australia’s regulatory module is equipped to respond to contemporary issues in information management, data protection and privacy
- A take home assignment relating to the Privacy elements of the course (approx. 2000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- A take home assignment relating to the FOI elements of the course (approx. 2000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- A research essay on student’s choice of topic (approx. 4000 words). (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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