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Upcoming events

We host a variety of events across the country each year for the public and professionals interested in privacy or FOI.

We run a series of events for Privacy Professionals’ Network (PPN) members, where they have the opportunity to attend seminars, workshops and network with other privacy professionals. The free events will focus on providing overviews of current privacy issues and topics and allow for open discussions in a variety of formats. Anyone can become a PPN member and keep updated on the latest privacy news in-between events. To register visit our Networks page.

The OAIC senior executive staff, including the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, present at high-profile conferences and events hosted by external organisations and agencies. To request an OAIC speaker for your upcoming event please visit the Speeches page.

To be the first to know when details of an OAIC event are announced, register your details on the expression of interest form.

Past events

Details of past Office of the Australian Information Commissioner events can be found below. If you were interested in receiving resources shown at a past event please email


Event titleDateTimeLocationIntroReadmoreRegister linkHosted by us?EOI event?
PPN: Brisbane 25 October 2016 9.30am to 11am

Ernst & Young, 111 Eagle St, Brisbane

The PPN meeting will include an update from Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, and will also provide a briefing by OAIC on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) scheme and its potential impacts for Australian businesses and agencies.

This is also your chance to talk directly to senior OAIC staff about your questions or concerns. # Yes  
ASIC Annual Forum 21 March 2017 8.45am to 5.00pm

Hilton Sydney

Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, will feature on an expert panel: Building trust and confidence in big data.

To find out more about the ASIC Annual Forum and how to register please visit ASIC’s website. No  
PPN event: Privacy — human right, global challenges, national responses 27 March 2017 6pm to 7pm

University of Tasmania,
Sandy Bay, Hobart

Join the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, for a free public lecture at the University of Tasmania exploring privacy and trust.

The free public lecture will be co-hosted by the Faculty of Law and is open to anyone interested in human rights and privacy governance. The discussion will end with questions from the floor and from the live Twitter feed #ppnHobart.  Yes  
PPN event: OAICxUniofMelb rights discussion 28 March 2017 6pm to 7pm

University of Melbourne,
Carlton, Melbourne

The Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, will head a legal, social policy and rights panel at the University of Melbourne.

University of Melbourne’s privacy and legal expert, Professor Megan Richardson, will MC the event and will be taking questions from the floor and live Twitter feed #ppnMelbourne. Anyone with an interest in privacy rights is encouraged to attend. Yes  
PPN event: Privacy for start-ups 29 March 2017 12.30pm to 1.30pm

York Butter Factory, Melbourne

If you own or are thinking of creating a start-up business, this privacy seminar is vital for understanding good privacy practices.

Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, will discuss privacy-by-design, startups and the Privacy Act 1988 and real life examples of when privacy management has gone wrong.

You will learn:

  • Simple tips for good privacy practice
  • Privacy regulations that apply to start-ups
  • Other laws relating to personal information management that might apply to your start-up. Yes  

Industry debrief: Mapping the community's privacy expectations

16 May 2017 11am to 12pm

Heritage Ballroom, The Westin Sydney, 1 Martin Pl, Sydney NSW

Join the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, as he identifies the latest trends, challenges and consumer concerns highlighted in the Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey 2017.

Market and social research organisation, Wallis, will provide a deep-dive analysis of the survey results. An expert panel will follow the industry debrief, where they will discuss the outcome of the survey and what this means for Australian businesses and consumers. Yes  

iappANZ Privacy Awareness Week 2017 breakfast

17 May 2017 7.30am to 10.00am

MinterEllison, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000

Assistant Commissioner, Dispute Resolution, will present at the breakfast.

Understanding the human side of data breaches – navigating and minimizing harm from a victim’s perspective. You will learn, not only what to do when facing an incident as an affected individual, but how you, as a privacy leader, can use these lessons to help your organisation better manage and respond to the risks to individuals from these incidents.  No  No

Growing up digital

18 May 2017 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Community Hall, Juanita Nielsen Community Centre, Corner Nicholson Street and Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo NSW

The Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, will have an open discussion with the eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman-Grant, about digital privacy for teenagers.

The Commissioners will discuss how parents, carers and social media organisations can assist teens and young people in understanding their privacy while growing up in the digital age. The panel will cover the topic from a privacy rights and mental health perspectives.  Yes  

AGS FOI and privacy forum 2017

19 May 2017 time TBA

Hyatt Hotel, 120 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla, Canberra

The Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner will provide the keynote address at the forum.

The forum will provide an overview of the current state of play under Commonwealth FOI and privacy laws, focusing on recent and emerging themes relating to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1988, as well as to provide contextual discussion on the interplay between FOI and privacy laws, other Commonwealth laws and meeting legal and policy objectives.    

CeBIT Australia eGovernment panel discussion

24 May 2017 11.35am to 12.35pm

International Convention Centre Sydney

Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, will feature on an expert panel: Post-Census digital government in Australia.

To find out more about CeBIT Australia and how to register please visit the conference website. No  


CeBIT Australia
Digital health panel discussion


25 May 2017 4.30pm to 5pm

International Convention Centre Sydney

Deputy Commissioner, Angelene Falk, will feature on an expert panel: Digital health data, information management and clinical informatics.

To find out more about CeBIT Australia and how to register please visit the conference website. No  

Data + Privacy Asia Pacific conference

12 July 2017 9am to 4.45pm

International Convention Centre Sydney

Data + Privacy Asia Pacific conference will bring together the region's privacy regulators and public and private sector professionals for one day of conversations and industry specific issues and topics.

Hosted by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, the Data + Privacy Asia Pacific will cover hot topics such as big data, digital health and cross-border sharing of information. For more details about the program and speakers please visit the conference website. Yes  


NextGen Government conference Plenary presentation


19 July 2017 10am to 10.30am

Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney

Deputy Commissioner, Angelene Falk, will present on the topic ‘How new technologies’ are changing the data privacy and protection landscape’.

To find out more about NextGen Government and how to register please visit the conference website. No  

Navigate '17

23 August 2017 9.30am - 10.20am

International Convention Centre Sydney

 Director - Regulation and Strategy, Sophie Higgins, will present on ‘GDPR and Australia’s New Mandatory Breach Regulations’.

To find out more about Navigate '17 Sydney and how to register for the free conference please visit the Navigate '17 website. No  

PharmAUS 2017

5 September 2017  

Parliament House, Canberra

Deputy Commissioner, Angelene Falk, will be part of the ‘How do we recognise the true value of medicine’ session at PharmAus 2017. 

To find out more about the conference, please visit the PharmAus information website. No  

iappANZ 2017 Summit

3 October 2017  

Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (iappANZ) warmly invites the wider privacy community to explore ways to utilize data while protecting individual privacy. Commissioner Pilgrim will open the conference. 

To find out more about the iappANZ 2017 Summit, please visit their registration website.    

PPN event: Adelaide

18 October 2017  

University of Adelaide, South Australia

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) will be joining media and law experts on a privacy and ethics panel in Adelaide as part of the OAIC's series of public events.

The panellists will be discussing the incoming notifiable data breaches (NDB) scheme, high profile data breaches, and questions surrounding ethics, media and privacy. The free event will be hosted by the University of Adelaide and the OAIC. Yes  

Preparing for the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme webinar

21 November 2017 12pm to 1pm AEDT

Available online

The OAIC is hosting a webinar focussing on the obligations of the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme and how these will work in practice. Case study examples will illustrate the scheme’s key requirements. The event will conclude with a live Q&A session.

For further information, please visit the webinar's Registration page. Yes  

Privacy Governance Code for Australian Government agencies — Canberra Seminar

28 November 2017 9.00am to 12.30pm

National Convention Centre, Canberra

The OAIC is hosting a half-day seminar to provide information and answer questions about the new Privacy Code for Australian Government agencies.

Attending the seminar will also give you the opportunity to learn about and discuss a number of supporting resources before they are finalised and published.The free seminar is currently open to government agencies only. To register to please follow the link provided. Yes  

ICON information session — postponed

28 November 2017 POSTPONED


The Information Contact Officer Network (ICON) information session has been postponed. The ICON information session was to be held on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.

It is anticipated that the rescheduled session will take place in late February 2018. More information about the event will be forthcoming in the new year.


Privacy as a career

8 March 2018  

University of Technology Sydney

Interested in a career in privacy? The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner will host a panel of privacy professionals to discuss their trajectory into privacy.

Panellist will reflect on the growing need for data privacy and protection legal professionals in both public and private sectors. Final year undergraduates and postgraduates are encouraged to attend and will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the discussion. Yes  

PPN event: Brisbane

13 March 2018  


The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner will be visiting Brisbane as part of its Privacy Professionals’ Network 2018 calendar of events.

Details of the events will be available closer to the time. To be the first in the know register your details on our expression of interest form. Yes  

ICON information session

27 March 2018 9.30am to 11.30am

National Library of Australia, Canberra

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) will be holding an Information Contact Officer Network (ICON) information session in Canberra on 27 March 2018.This ICON event will feature an update from the OAIC Executive about the OAIC's work and priorities in the Freedom of Information (FOI) space.

The morning will also feature a discussion on Administrative Access, and the opportunity to network with the OAIC and other FOI and information professionals over morning tea. 

Register now. Yes  

PAW Business Breakfast

14 May 2018 7.30am to 9.30am

The Westin, Sydney

Privacy Awareness Week is held in May every year. In 2018, the OAIC is hosting a PAW Business Breakfast to explore the PAW theme 'Privacy: from principles to practice'. 

With the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) coming into effect in May, EU and international data protection law expert Sheila FitzPatrick will headline the 2018 PAW Business Breakfast, providing her thoughts on what a GDPR influenced future will look like. 

A business panel will then discuss the modern reality of privacy practice in Australia. Yes  
Webinar — How to prepare your agency's Privacy Management Plan 15 May 2018 10.30am to 11.30am Online If you are involved in creating or updating your Australian Government Agency’s PMP, this is the webinar for you. Join us online to find out about how to use our new Privacy Management Plan (PMP) tool and companion guide. We will help you to understand your agency’s PMP obligations under the Australian Government Agencies Privacy Code; the value of a PMP and how it can improve privacy practice across your agency; how to conduct a maturity assessment; how to use this assessment to formulate the goals and actions for your agency’s PMP; and how to effectively measure and document your agency’s performance against the PMP.

The webinar will be presented by Acting Deputy Commissioner, Melanie Drayton, and Acting Assistant Commissioner – Regulation and Strategy, Sarah Ghali, and will be followed by a live Q&A.

It is aimed specifically at Privacy Officers, Privacy Champions, and anyone else who is responsible for privacy in Australian Government agencies. We recommend registering early to test the webcast on your device. Yes