Public Interest Immunity Claims (Register your interest)


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Recommended CPD point allocation: 3 points (excluding WA).

Where disclosing documents might not be in the public interest, public agencies can make a claim of public interest immunity over those documents.

The immunity operates to relieve government litigants from producing evidence where:

  • the evidence relates to matters of state; and
  • the public interest in its disclosure in the legal proceeding is outweighed by the public interest in preserving the secrecy or confidentiality of that evidence.

However, this is a complex area of law, and courts will closely scrutinise all claims.

In this half-day training session, our experienced team will guide you through the common law doctrine of public interest immunity, to help your agency pick up where claims can (and can’t) be made, and how the immunity can interact with other statutory obligations held by your agency.

We will also discuss best practice in drafting submissions and tips and tricks for successfully establishing a claim for public interest immunity.

Who should attend our Public Interest Immunity Claims Workshop:

  • Public sector legal officers

  • Public sector privacy, RTI and governance officers

  • Anyone involved in royal commissions.

What we'll cover
  • Claims and types of claims

  • Relevant factors/tests

  • Cabinet material

  • Sensitive Corruption and Whistleblower Documents

  • Waiver?

What you'll learn
  • What public interest immunity is

  • When it can be claimed over documents

  • How it interacts with corruption and public interest disclosure legislation.



Event Details
Register your interest 
8.45am for 9.00am - 12.45pm
$750 per person
$675 per person if booking two weeks before the workshop
$637 per person if in a group of three or more
Clayton Utz Brisbane
Level 28, 71 Eagle Street
Further information:
Phone 1800 882 110
Email [email protected]

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As a participant of our program you'll have comfort in knowing that you can depend on us for ongoing support. Whether it be two weeks or two years after the workshop, you can call us at any time for a short, no-cost consultation.

Recommended CPD point allocation: 3 points (excluding WA).
If this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one CPD unit for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. Please contact your Professional Body for your state.