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Events and Education

A key function of OVIC’s regulatory powers is to provide advice, education, and guidance to organisations and the public on their information rights and responsibilities. In this section, you will find information on upcoming events, education, online learning and presentations.

Events

OVIC regularly hosts a range of free face to face and webinars events to assist Victorian public sector (VPS) staff and the public understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to how the public sector collects, uses and discloses information.

Face to face events

When advised it is safe to do so, OVIC will return to offering face to face seminars and workshops on freedom of information, privacy and information security. Please take a look at the event information, to see if the session you are interested in is available to VPS staff only, or open to the public.

See below for a list of upcoming events and details on how to register.

Class B Cemetery Trusts 2022 Protective Data Security Plan Q&A

OVIC’s Information Security Unit is hosting a special online forum for Class B Cemetery Trusts. In this forum, we will discuss the Class B Cemetery Trusts Protective Data Security Plans (PDSPs). Attendees will have the opportunity to ask OVIC’s Information...

2022 PDSP Reporting Ask Us Anything Sessions

Do you have a question about a field in the Organisation Profile Assessment of the Protective Data Security Plan (PDSP)? Unsure who’s responsible for the submission of your organisation’s PDSP? Want to know how to interpret the maturity ratings of...

2022 PDSP Reporting Ask Us Anything Sessions

Do you have a question about a field in the Organisation Profile Assessment of the Protective Data Security Plan (PDSP)? Unsure who’s responsible for the submission of your organisation’s PDSP? Want to know how to interpret the maturity ratings of...

2022 PDSP Reporting Ask Us Anything Sessions

Do you have a question about a field in the Organisation Profile Assessment of the Protective Data Security Plan (PDSP)? Unsure who’s responsible for the submission of your organisation’s PDSP? Want to know how to interpret the maturity ratings of...

2022 PDSP Reporting Ask Us Anything Sessions

Do you have a question about a field in the Organisation Profile Assessment of the Protective Data Security Plan (PDSP)? Unsure who’s responsible for the submission of your organisation’s PDSP? Want to know how to interpret the maturity ratings of...

Ask Us Anything – the FOI annual agency survey process

On 22 June and 5 July, OVIC will be delivering information sessions via webinar to help FOI practitioners across the Victorian public sector complete OVIC’s online annual FOI data collection. The session will run for 60 mins with time for Q&A...

2022 PDSP Reporting Ask Us Anything Sessions

Do you have a question about a field in the Organisation Profile Assessment of the Protective Data Security Plan (PDSP)? Unsure who’s responsible for the submission of your organisation’s PDSP? Want to know how to interpret the maturity ratings of...

2022 PDSP Reporting Ask Us Anything Sessions

Do you have a question about a field in the Organisation Profile Assessment of the Protective Data Security Plan (PDSP)? Unsure who’s responsible for the submission of your organisation’s PDSP? Want to know how to interpret the maturity ratings of...

Information Access Series: A special look at FOI in Victoria from 2019 to 2021

OVIC is holding an Information Access Series (IAS) webinar on Wednesday 29 June from 12pm – 1pm on The State of Freedom of Information in Victoria – a special look at FOI in Victoria from 2019-2021, published April 2022. This report...

2022 PDSP Reporting Ask Us Anything Sessions

Do you have a question about a field in the Organisation Profile Assessment of the Protective Data Security Plan (PDSP)? Unsure who’s responsible for the submission of your organisation’s PDSP? Want to know how to interpret the maturity ratings of...

Ask Us Anything – the FOI annual agency survey process

On 22 June and 5 July, OVIC will be delivering information sessions via webinar to help FOI practitioners across the Victorian public sector complete OVIC’s online annual FOI data collection. The session will run for 60 mins with time for Q&A...

2022 PDSP Reporting Ask Us Anything Sessions

Do you have a question about a field in the Organisation Profile Assessment of the Protective Data Security Plan (PDSP)? Unsure who’s responsible for the submission of your organisation’s PDSP? Want to know how to interpret the maturity ratings of...

IAS: High Conflict Institute Workshop

OVIC will be holding an Information Access Series (IAS) webinar on Wednesday 27 July from 12pm – 1pm. The session will be delivered via webinar by Megan Hunter from the High Conflict Institute and is designed to help FOI practitioners...

Training

OVIC offers free monthly training webinars for VPS staff in relation to the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) and the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act).

Introduction to Information Privacy and The Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014

This training has been developed to provide VPS staff guidance on interpreting information privacy, the PDP Act, and a detailed understanding of each stage of the information lifecycle.

Administering the Freedom of Information Act 1982

This training has been developed to provide VPS staff with a general understanding of the FOI Act and guide them through how to process a FOI request.

Register to one of the upcoming training sessions below or read more information about OVIC’s training.

Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) webinar – June

  Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) looks at interpreting information privacy and the Act, whilst also providing public sector employees with a detailed understanding of each stage of the information lifecycle....

Administering the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) – June

The Administering of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) webinar has been developed to provide VPS employees with a general understanding of the FOI Act and guide them through how to process a request. These sessions include live...

Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) webinar – July

  Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) looks at interpreting information privacy and the Act, whilst also providing public sector employees with a detailed understanding of each stage of the information lifecycle....

Administering the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) – July

The Administering of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) webinar has been developed to provide VPS employees with a general understanding of the FOI Act and guide them through how to process a request. These sessions include live...

Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) webinar – August

  Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) looks at interpreting information privacy and the Act, whilst also providing public sector employees with a detailed understanding of each stage of the information lifecycle....

Administering the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) – August

The Administering of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) webinar has been developed to provide VPS employees with a general understanding of the FOI Act and guide them through how to process a request. These sessions include live...

Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) webinar – September

  Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) looks at interpreting information privacy and the Act, whilst also providing public sector employees with a detailed understanding of each stage of the information lifecycle....

Administering the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) – September

The Administering of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) webinar has been developed to provide VPS employees with a general understanding of the FOI Act and guide them through how to process a request. These sessions include live...

Administering the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) – October

The Administering of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) webinar has been developed to provide VPS employees with a general understanding of the FOI Act and guide them through how to process a request. These sessions include live...

Administering the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) – November

The Administering of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) webinar has been developed to provide VPS employees with a general understanding of the FOI Act and guide them through how to process a request. These sessions include live...

Webinars

To make our events more accessible to a wider audience across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria we have increased our virtual training and events offerings. We deliver free webinars on freedom of information, privacy and information security.

Please take a look at the event information, to see if the session you are interested in is available to VPS staff only, or open to the public.

See below for a list of upcoming webinars and details on how to register.

Class B Cemetery Trusts 2022 Protective Data Security Plan Q&A

OVIC’s Information Security Unit is hosting a special online forum for Class B Cemetery Trusts. In this forum, we will discuss the Class B Cemetery Trusts Protective Data Security Plans (PDSPs). Attendees will have the opportunity to ask OVIC’s Information...

Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) webinar – June

  Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) looks at interpreting information privacy and the Act, whilst also providing public sector employees with a detailed understanding of each stage of the information lifecycle....

Administering the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) – June

The Administering of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) webinar has been developed to provide VPS employees with a general understanding of the FOI Act and guide them through how to process a request. These sessions include live...

Information Access Series: A special look at FOI in Victoria from 2019 to 2021

OVIC is holding an Information Access Series (IAS) webinar on Wednesday 29 June from 12pm – 1pm on The State of Freedom of Information in Victoria – a special look at FOI in Victoria from 2019-2021, published April 2022. This report...

Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) webinar – July

  Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) looks at interpreting information privacy and the Act, whilst also providing public sector employees with a detailed understanding of each stage of the information lifecycle....

Administering the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) – July

The Administering of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) webinar has been developed to provide VPS employees with a general understanding of the FOI Act and guide them through how to process a request. These sessions include live...

IAS: High Conflict Institute Workshop

OVIC will be holding an Information Access Series (IAS) webinar on Wednesday 27 July from 12pm – 1pm. The session will be delivered via webinar by Megan Hunter from the High Conflict Institute and is designed to help FOI practitioners...

Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) webinar – August

  Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) looks at interpreting information privacy and the Act, whilst also providing public sector employees with a detailed understanding of each stage of the information lifecycle....

Administering the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) – August

The Administering of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) webinar has been developed to provide VPS employees with a general understanding of the FOI Act and guide them through how to process a request. These sessions include live...

Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) webinar – September

  Introduction to Information Privacy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) looks at interpreting information privacy and the Act, whilst also providing public sector employees with a detailed understanding of each stage of the information lifecycle....

Online Learning

OVIC offers a range of free eLearning modules available to VPS staff and the public on our online learning portal.

Our online learning portal hosts the following modules:

Privacy

  • Introduction to privacy in the Victorian public sector;
  • Privacy Impact Assessments; and
  • Managing the privacy impacts of data breaches.

Freedom of Information

  • Processing a request;
  • Professional Standards;
  • Introduction to the exemptions in Part IV of the FOI Act;
  • Section 30;
  • Section 32;
  • Section 33;
  • Section 34;
  • Section 35; and
  • Section 38.

To log in and complete one of the above Online Learning modules please visit OVIC’s online learning portal.

Speeches and presentations

We regularly publish presentations and resources generated by OVIC’s events or our education programs. You can view all our recorded presentations, forums and other events on our Vimeo channel.

2022

Privacy Awareness Week Youth Advisory Group (YAG) panel discussion | 6 May 2022

Technology, AI and the Information Privacy Principles | 5 May 2022

Privacy Awareness Week Panel Discussion – Public trust in an information age | 4 May 2022

Surveillance and Privacy in the Public Sector | 4 May 2022

Enhancing trust through complaint handling | 3 May 2022

How to make a privacy complaint | 1 May 2022

What to do if you experience a data breach | 1 May 2022

Information Access Series: Use of section 25A(1), 25A(5) and 25 | 27 April 2022

Special report on the State of Freedom of Information in Victoria: 2019 – 2021 | 26 April 2022

FOI and Privacy Regional Roadshow | 23 March 2022


2021

Taking a deep dive into the FOI processing stages | 8 December 2021

Victorian Privacy Network meeting | 11 November 2021

IAS: Breaking down culture of FOI – Opportunities for change | 29 September 2021

International Access to Information Day 2021 – Commissioner’s Address | 27 September 2021


2020

International Access to Information Day 2020 – Commissioner’s Address | 27 September 2020


2019

Faculty of Law, University of Wellington – Automatic Facial Recognition Technology: legal and ethical issues | 20 October 2019

Victorian Privacy Network meeting – Cloud services | 9 October 2019

City of Kingston Right to Know Day Forum – Keynote address | 26 September 2019

OVIC VPS Graduate Presentation | 16 July 2019

Australian & New Zealand Parliamentary Information Technology Forum- Presentation | 10 January 2019


2018

Victoria’s new FOI and Privacy Regime – The first 12 months – Keynote address | 7 December 2018

AI – Protective Security in Government Conference | 14 August 2018

Cybersecurity, Privacy and Big Data – Opening remarks – UNSW | 17 July 2018

LIV Government Lawyers Conference – Keynote address | 22 June 2018

Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards 2018 – Keynote | 3 May 2018

Leadership in Information Rights in Victoria – The National Public Sector Managers and Leaders Conference | 22 March 2018

Information access & privacy, data protection and sharing – A new approach for modern government | 27 February 2018


2017

Driving change in FOI, privacy and data protection – Leo Cussen FOI & Privacy Conference | 30 November 2017

 

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