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Christina Graves

Special Counsel
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MinterEllison

Canberra, Australia
    Local Time: Thursday 04:41

Practice Expertise

  • Corporate and Commercial Disputes
  • Government
  • Administrative Law
  • Freedom of Information

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Corporate and Commercial Disputes
  • Freedom of Information
  • Government
  • Government Dispute Resolution
  • Health and Ageing
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Statutory Interpretation
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Profile

I am committed to providing my clients with pragmatic solutions to complex and sensitive data management challenges, while balancing regulatory compliance and business, operational and reputational risks.

In addition to this work, I have a strong interest in administrative law and enjoy supporting clients through administrative decision-making and subsequent merits review processes.

I have also been independently recognised by Best Lawyers as a Lawyer of the Year 2023 in the Privacy and Data Security law category.

Career highlights

  • Department of Human Services – prepared privacy impact assessments (PIAs) and advised on information law issues arising from various projects concerning the delivery of Centrelink, Child Support and Medicare payments and supporting systems, including the Welfare Payment Infrastructure Transformation Programme
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Department of Immigration and Border Protection – advised and appeared in Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) proceedings, including as solicitor advocate, in relation to applications for review against passports and visa refusal/cancellation decisions
  • Prepared PIAs on a number of significant government data-centric initiatives, including the My Health Record system and the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Australian Taxation Office (ATO) – acted for the ATO in five related AAT appeals against FOI access refusal decisions
  • Advised various agencies and entities in relation to FOI requests, including Information Commissioner and AAT reviews, and third party consultation submissions
  • Advising aged care providers on aged care regulatory compliance issues

Education
BA (FLINDERS UNIVERSITY, 2003); LLB LP (FLINDERS UNIVERSITY, 2003)

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Corporate and Commercial Disputes
  • Freedom of Information
  • Government
  • Government Dispute Resolution
  • Health and Ageing
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Statutory Interpretation

Articles

Additional Articles
  • Decrypting the decryption Bill

    Following a short period of public consultation, the Telecommunications and Other Amendments (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 (Cth) (Bill) has been introduced into Parliament. Despite the extensive public concerns raised with the Exposure Draft version, only a small number of amendments have been made to the Bill.


  • Insights from the OAIC's draft mandatory data breach notification resources released for comment
  • Australia's evolving privacy regime

    Recent significant changes in Australia’s privacy and data protection regime, bring our legislation more in line with international standards. As a result, many Australian agencies and organisations are now subject to new compliance obligations under the notifiable data breaches (NDB) scheme and increased scrutiny.

  • Privacy decision highlights importance of collection notices
  • A new right - the Consumer Data Right and framework unpacked

    The proposed legislative framework for the Consumer Data Right (CDR), including its interaction with existing privacy laws, can be difficult to follow. In this article, we explain how the proposed framework has developed, some of the key concepts, including the roles of the key participants and obligations and what to expect next.

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