Deidre is a highly experienced lawyer with recognised expertise in the fields of privacy and data protection, information governance and technology as well as deep insight into government strategy and policy. Deidre also practises in occupational and business regulation and private and public sector governance. She provides advice and services across the private, not-for-profit and public sectors.
Deidre understands client questions from a broader legal, practical and political risk-based perspective. Her work includes consumer protection and privacy, compliance and privacy by design in ICT projects, CRM, confidential information, data access, transfers and sharing, data breach preparation and response, regulatory and legislative change and dispute resolution. Deidre’s professional involvements currently include serving as a Board/Panel/Advisory Council member in health and State Archives contexts.
For over a decade Deidre provided high-level, trusted legal advice and representation to the Victorian government, initially with the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, where she co-chaired the Technology and Data Protection practice group and acted for occupational and business regulators, then in-house with the Departments of Premier & Cabinet, Justice, and Education & Training.
Deidre drafted key Victorian privacy and data protection legislation. She gave legal, strategic and operational guidance to a large Victorian government department in relation to reform of its internal data collection, storage, disclosure (sharing), and data handling/security arrangements, and negotiated information sharing agreements with government entities in other jurisdictions. She was the senior legal adviser for all aspects of establishment, implementation, and governance of a new Victorian statutory entity, the Labour Hire Licensing Authority.
Immediately prior to joining Keypoint Law Melbourne in January 2021, Deidre ran her own privacy, information and governance consulting business, working with mainly non-government organisations to translate legislation, standards and contractual requirements into privacy, information and governance policies and practices that mitigate risk, such as compliant whistle-blower arrangements.
- Privacy and data protection
- Information governance
- Corporate governance
- Public sector governance, strategy and policy
- Occupational and business regulation
- Administrative law
- Intellectual property
- Dispute resolution
- Advised on the establishment of a new Victorian statutory authority, including guidance to new senior management on statutory interpretation, financial reporting requirements, delegations, ICT licence agreements and MOUs/information sharing agreements; drafted privacy policies and oversaw a PIA re the Authority’s ICT build.
- Drafted a Victorian government department’s suite of Data Governance Guidance and Protocols.
- As principal instructor, drafted Victoria’s key privacy/data protection legislation (the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014) and Explanatory Memorandum, developed Guidelines published by the Commissioner and delivered whole of government seminars and training to introduce the legislation.
- Provided advice in relation to a new Victorian legislative scheme for child information sharing, various National and Victorian education projects and programs e.g. NAPLAN Online, and conducted or reviewed PIAs.
- Advised and/or represented government clients as either solicitor advocate (including ADR) or instructing solicitor in numerous significant privacy, FOI and other administrative law matters e.g.:
- Caripis v Victoria Police (Health and Privacy)  VCAT 1472 (27 September 2012) (privacy/surveillance)
- Taylor v Victorian Institute of Teaching (Human Rights)  VCAT 1290 (3 May 2013) (privacy)
- Hanes v Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Review and Regulation)  VCAT 1270 (19 July 2013) (FOI)
- Pallas v Department of Premier and Cabinet (Review and Regulation)  VCAT 877 (31 May 2013) (FOI)
- Advised a Commonwealth government Department on diverse privacy, confidentiality and FOI matters and drafted responses to the OAIC.
- Advised a multinational finance sector business on data transfers to Australia.
- Advised a small business on issues relating to deployment of facial recognition software
- Advised a registered training organisation on compliance with the Spam Act 2003.
- Conducted a PIA for an ICT build for a Victorian government Department.
- Deidre was recently recognised by The Legal 500 for her extensive data protection and privacy expertise.
- Deidre holds Juris Doctor and Master of Arts qualifications from Monash University, and a Graduate Diploma in Media, Communications and Information Technology Law from the University of Melbourne.
- In September 2022, Deidre was appointed to the Editorial Board of LexisNexis’s ‘Privacy Law Bulletin.
- Throughout her career Deidre has served on diverse Boards and Committees. In 2016, Deidre was appointed a member of Victoria’s Public Records Advisory Council (State Archives), reappointed for a third term in 2022. Also in 2022, she was appointed to the Board of the East Wimmera Health Service and became an Approved Person for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s hearing panels. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow since 2001.
- Deidre is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, ACC Australia and Women on Boards, and also serves as a mentor in the University of Melbourne JD program.
|2021-present||Keypoint Law | Consulting Principal|
|2019-2020||Privatus Consulting | Principal|
|2018-2019||Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria | Senior Legal Policy Adviser/in-house lawyer – Labour Hire Licensing Authority Implementation|
|2015-2018||Department of Education and Training, Victoria | Manager, Data Governance & Policy|
|2009–2015||Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office | Senior Solicitor/Co-Chair, Technology and Data Protection Practice Group|
|2008-2009||Associate to His Honour Judge Iain Ross AO (as he then was)|
|2008||Admitted to practise|
Deidre’s senior managerial roles prior to admission include:
|2002-2004||Chartered Secretaries Australia (Governance Institute)| Regional Manager Victoria & Tasmania|
|1999-2001||CPA Australia| National Manager, Learning Continuum|
|1997-1999||ASX: enterprise market| Operations Manager|
|1993-1994||Law Book Company (Thomson Legal and Regulatory)| Manager, The Laws of Australia encyclopedia|