Katherine Cooke

Katherine practises in administrative law (advising and litigation), statutory interpretation, privacy and freedom of information. Katherine is also experienced in drafting legislative instruments and advising on regulatory frameworks.

Katherine regularly acts for Commonwealth Government agencies in proceedings in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court of Australia and appears as an advocate in both jurisdictions.

Katherine’s information law practice includes conducting privacy impact assessments on a range of projects, including proposed legislation and policy initiatives, and complex ICT builds and procurements. She advises on privacy complaints and the operation of the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme.

Experience

Katherine’s experience includes:

  • Advising Commonwealth Government agencies on complex statutory interpretation questions;
  • Acting for the Attorney-General’s Department on applications for Administrative Appeals Tribunal review of decisions made under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Act 2012 (Cth);
  • Advising Commonwealth Government agencies such as Services Australia, the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment on compliance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), including conducting privacy impact assessments;
  • Acting for Innovation and Science Australia on applications for Administrative Appeals Tribunal review of decisions made under the Industry, Research and Development Act 1986 (Cth); and
  • Delivering training on topics including statutory interpretation, privacy law and sound administrative decision making.

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