Privacy, Freedom of Information and Legal Services

Privacy, Freedom of Information and Legal Services

The Privacy, FOI and Legal Services Unit deals with legislation and compliance matters.

Privacy concerns and complaints

The Northern Territory Information Act regulates how public sector organisations collect, manage, use and disclose personal information. It also gives anyone the right to apply for access to information held by public sector organisations, and to apply to correct personal information that government holds about them if it is incorrect, incomplete or out of date.

Freedom of Information

The Northern Territory Information Act is designed to promote the protection of personal information and the free flow of government information subject only to the need to protect essential public interests and the private and business interests of persons.

The Act creates a legal right of access to government and personal information held by government, including the right to request the correction of personal information where a person believes that the information regarding them is incorrect, inaccurate or out of date. This right of access is limited where the disclosure of particular information would be contrary to the public interest due to it having a prejudicial effect on essential public interests or on the private or business interests of other persons.

Public Interest Disclosures

Under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2013, it is a criminal offence to take detrimental action in reprisal against a person who makes a disclosure alleging corruption, improper conduct or wrongdoing by the University, or by an officer or staff member of the University, or by a member of the University's Council.

Legal Services

The Legal Services Unit can arrange for specialist legal advice and assistance on issues relating to legal issues, contracts, agreements, Memorandum Of Understanding and subpoenas.