1997 …2023

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Professor Moira Paterson teaches and researches in field of information law, with a key focus on freedom of information, privacy and data protection, health records and public records law.

She is the author of Freedom of Information and Privacy in Australia: Government and Information Access in the Modern State (LexisNexis, 2005) and Freedom of Information and Privacy in Australia: Information Access 2.0 (LexisNexis, 2015)and is a co-editor of Emerging Challenges in Privacy Law: Comparative Perspectives, Emerging Challenges in Privacy Law: Comparative Perspectives (CUP, 2014). She has also published numerous book chapters, journal article, principally on freedom of information and privacy-related topics.

Moira has been a Chief Investigator on 6 research projects, including three projects funded by the Australian Research Council, and has also completed several research consultancies and contracts for a variety of government and private sector organisations.

She has been a member of of the Victorian Firearms Appeals Committee since 2007 and was the FOI Editor of the Australian Administrative Law Service from1995 to 2018. She has also served as a member of the former Privacy Advisory Committee to the Australian Information Commissioner, as a member of Advisory Committees to the ALRC (in respect of its Privacy Act 1988 and Commonwealth secrecy laws references) and to the VLRC (in respect of its privacy in public places reference), and as an Honorary Consultant to the Australian Press Council (in relation to its High Court amicus curiae brief in McKinnon v Commonwealth 2006).

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Supervision interests

Freedom of Information


Data Protection

Health Records Law

Monash teaching commitment

LAW5000 Australian Legal Reasoning and Methods SEM1/T1

LAW1111 Foundations of Law SEM 1

LAW5317 Principles of privacy and freedom of information SEM 2

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Criminal Records Checks, Spent Convictions
  • Freedom of Information
  • Privacy
  • Health Records
  • Data Protection
  • Surveillance
  • Big Data
  • Public records

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