15 June 2023

On 8 May 2023, HWL Ebsworth reported a data breach to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) in the OAIC’s capacity as regulator of the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme.

HWL Ebsworth provides legal services to a range of Commonwealth clients, including the OAIC.

On Saturday 10 June, HWL Ebsworth advised the OAIC that a document or documents relating to a limited number of OAIC files were included in the breach experienced by HWL Ebsworth.

HWL Ebsworth is currently providing further information to the OAIC about those documents. The OAIC will review those documents to see whether they contain personal information, and, consistent with requirements under the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme, will notify affected individuals where necessary.

The OAIC’s systems have not been compromised.