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Submissions

The Society's Council, CEO, committee members and the Senior Policy Lawyer actively monitor legislative changes affecting the NT legal profession and major legal issues affecting the NT community.

Last updated 2 October 2017

29/09/2017 - Political Donations Inquiry

14/07/2017 - Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review

26/07/2017 - ICAC Submission

23/08/2016 - Double Listing in the Work Health Court

29/04/2016 - Review of Indigenous Incarceration Matters in Northern Territory, Phase 1, 26 January 2016

15/03/2016 - Inquiry - NT Anti-Corruption Integrity and Misconduct Commission

09/03/2016 - Amendment to Police Administration Act (Infectious Diseases)

01/03/2016 - Guardianship of Adults Bill

23/11/2015 - Domestic Violence Issues Paper

06/11/2015 - Sex Offender and Child Homicide Offender Public Website (Daniel's Law) Bill 2015

14/12/2012 - Exposure Draft of Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012

26/11/2012 - Legal Services: Disaster preparedness

06/11/2012 - Draft Fifth Report by Australia on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

01/11/2012 - Closure of the Kalkaringi Court

29/10/2012 - Evidence (National Uniform Legislation) Consequential Amendments Bill and the Evidence (National Uniform Legislation) Act

22/10/2012 - Alice Springs Registry of the Family Law Courts

22/10/2012 - Family Law Service at North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA)

01/10/2012 - Child in Need of Protection: Draft Practice Direction 24 of 2012

28/09/2012 - Remote housing in the NT and access to legal services

26/09/2012 - Unit Titles (Schemes) Act proposed review

18/09/2012 - Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Enquiry into slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking

12/09/2012 - Law Council of Australia's response to Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers Recommendation

22/08/2012 - Delay in the passage of the Evidence (National Uniform Legislation) Consequential Amendments Bill and the Evidence (National Uniform Legislation) Act

19/07/2012 - Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers seeking legal advice service and guardianship of minors

05/07/2012 - Care and Protection of Children (Therapeutic Orders) Amendment Bill 2012 - Secure Care for Children

02/07/2012 - Review of Justice Legislation Amendment (Committals Reform) Act

22/06/2012 - Care and Protection of Children (Therapeutic Orders) Amendment Bill 2012

07/06/2012 - Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (National Children's Commissioner) Bill 2012

17/05/2012 - Independent Legal Representation of Unaccompanied Minors

16/05/2012 - Legal Advice and Support Service for Asylum Seekers in the Northern Territory

16/05/2012 - Alcohol and Other Drugs Tribunal - Income Management

16/05/2012 - Implementation of orders within the new Correctional setting

14/05/2012 - National Anti-Racism Strategy

24/04/2012 - Business Tenancies (Fair Dealings) Act

14/04/2012 - Trial of Expanded Video-Link Mentions between Darwin Correctional Centre, Don Dale Detention Centre and Courts

13/04/2012 - Use of Aboriginal Interpreter Service

11/04/2012 - Care and Protection of Children Act

04/04/2012 - Care and Protection of Children (Therapeutic Orders) Amendment Bill (Secure Care Facilities for Children)

28/03/2012 - Optional Protocol to Convention against Torture

19/02/2012 - National Human Rights Action Plan

14/02/2012 - Draft Adult Decision-Making Bill

03/02/2012 - Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory and two related bills

19/01/2012 - Community Courts for Adult Offenders

13/01/2012 - Notification of Forthcoming Gazettal - Department of Health Supervision Directions Pursuant to Section 43ZA Criminal Code Amendments (Mental Impairment and Unfitness for Trial) Act

05/01/2012 - Effects of hearing impairment and cultural and linguistic barriers on engagement by Indigenous Australians with the criminal justice system

30/11/2011 - Alcohol Reform (Prevention of Alcohol-related Crime and Substance Misuse) Act 2011

28/11/2011 - The possible role of pro bono lawyers in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process

23/11/2011 - Justice and other Legislation Amendment Bill (no2) of 2011

14/11/2011 - Champetry and Maintenance

10/11/2011 - Future COAG Regulatory Reform Agenda Stakeholder Consultation

31/10/2011 - Australian Solicitor Conduct Rules (ASCR)

05/10/2011 - National Legal Profession Reform (NLPR)

14/09/2011 - Northern Territory Sentencing Advisory Council

23/08/2011 - Legal Profession Regulations and CDP Requirements

23/08/2011 - Programs within the new Correctional setting

18/08/2011 - Northern Territory Jurisdictional Forum

09/08/2011 - Northern Territory Remote Tenancy Legal Advice Service

26/07/2011 - Northern Territory Youth Justice Review

17/07/2011 - Legal Representation in the Alcohol and Drugs Tribunal

30/06/2011 - Public Housing Safety Officers

04/05/2011 - Uniform Evidence Bill

28/03/2011 - Contract of Sale

25/03/2011 - Independent Child Representatives in Family Matters Court

24/01/2011 - National Legal Profession Reform

08/12/2010 - Child Protection Inquiry - submission following release of report

01/12/2010 - Northern Territory Legal Aid funding

23/11/2010 - SMART Court Bill and ParCSM Bill

22/11/2010 - Alcohol policy released

17/11/2010 - National Legal Profession Reform

10/11/2010 - National Legal Profession Reform

05/08/2010 - New Era Corrections and Programs

28/07/2010 - Matters relating to Department

21/07/2010 - CPD Requirements

26/06/2010 - Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act Issues paper

24/06/2010 - Income Management - policy guidelines for roll out of income management across the Northern Territory

09/05/2010 - Child Protection Inquiry - Amendments to the Care and Protection of Children Act

AGM assistance

FAQ

Where is the members only section of the Society website?

Go to www.lawsocietynt.asn.au 

  1. On the left is a menu, roll your mouse over the menu and highlight For the profession - this will generate a drop down menu
  2. From the drop down menu select Membership and a further drop down list will appear
  3. From the drop down menu select Members only and a further drop down list will appear
  4. From the drop down menu select Members login

Once you have logged in you can go to the other parts of the members only section including AGM documents.

How do I access the Members only section?

You need to register on the website. Follow steps 1-3 above and from the drop down menu select register.

From there follow the prompts. You will receive an email advising you of your account details. Your membership will need to be confirmed by the administrator. This can only occur in office hours and may take 24 hours to process. You may then use your login.

What is my membership login and password?

When you register on the website an email is sent to you from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; on behalf of Law Society NT. You could try searching in your inbox.

This email will record your account details including your username and password. Records of usernames and passwords are not held by the Society. If you are unable to locate these details you can register again.

I don't have a record of my username and/or password what do I do?

You need to register to use the members only section. If you go to the members only login page enter your name and leave the password field blank you will be re-directed to a page that advises of an error and at the bottom of the page will be forgotten password forgotten login register.

Another way is to go to follow steps 1-3 above and from the drop down menu select register.

From there follow the prompts. You will receive an email advising you of your account details. Your membership will need to be confirmed by the administrator. This can only occur in office hours and may take 24 hours to process. You may then go back and use your login.

What is my membership number?

Your membership number is contained in your practising certificate number. Your PC number is on the bottom right of your certificate. Ignore the letter prefix and the last two digits which should be 17 for the current year.

I have registered but my password isn't working

Please try again later. You will receive an email advising you of your account details but your account is not activated until your membership is confirmed by the administrator. This can only occur in office hours and may take 24 hours to process.You may then go back and use your login. If all else fails please contact the Society.

Page last updated 27 September 2017

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Maria Savvas

Legal Practitioner Director, MSP Legal

Maria has been a member of the Council since 2011 and an executive member since 2016, holding the position of Treasurer. In November 2017, Maria was elected President of the Society.

Maria appreciates the Council’s complex dual-role of regulator and member service organisation. Her approach is to be a voice for member practitioners and hopes to contribute positively to sensible decision-making on issues affecting the legal profession across the Territory.

As the Society's President Maria is a member of various committees and external stakeholder groups and is a Director of the Law Council of Australia.

Maria has lived, been educated and worked in the Territory throughout her professional life. Maria was admitted to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in 2000 and has worked in private practice since that time. In 2009, together with her business partners, Maria established MSP Legal where she practices in civil and litigation matters.

Page last updated 21 November 2017

Brief history

Page last updated 22 November 2017

On 7 May 1968, 25 legal practitioners met together (with proxies for five others) to form the Law Society Northern Territory.

Darwin lawyer Richard Keller convened the meeting. Mr Keller had been part of a steering committee formed the previous year to write to other Australian law societies to gain an overall picture of which direction the Territory's law society should take.

He described the event as a milestone in the history of the Northern Territory, which until then was the only part of the Commonwealth of Australia which had no such body.

The Society and its membership has since grown. Currently there are over 500 members of the Society.

Past Presidents

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1968
Ronald Withnall

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1969
Alexander Rorrison

President 1970 72 Ian Barker

1970–72
Ian Barker

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1973–74
Dean Mildren

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1975–76
Paul Everingham

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1978
Nerolie Withnall

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1979–80
Dean Mildren

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1981–82
Terence Coulehan

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1983–84
Hugh Bradley

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1985–86
Richard Giles

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1987
Graham Hiley

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1988
Kim Graves

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1989
Ian Briggs

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1990–91
John Stirk

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1992–93
Neville Henwood

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1994–96
Terence Gardner

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1997–98
Stephen Southwood

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1999–2000
Jon Tippett

President 2001 02 Ian Morris

2001–02
Ian Morris

President 2003 04 Merran Short

2003–04
Merran Short

President 2005 07 Allison Robertson

2005–07
Allison Robertson

President 2008 09 Duncan McConnel

2008–09
Duncan McConnel

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2010–11
Matthew Storey

President 2012 14 Peggy Cheong

2012–14
Peggy Cheong

President 2015 17 Tass Liveris

2015–17
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Council members

Positions on the Council are undertaken on a voluntary basis. The Council is elected each year by Society members, and any member is entitled to stand for a position on Council. The Council directs the policy of the Society and controls the Secretariat.

2017/18 Society Council

Maria Savvas

Maria Savvas

President
MSP Legal
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Josine Wynberg

Josine Wynberg

Vice-President
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Emma Farnell

Emma Farnell

Treasurer
Ward Keller Lawyers
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Andrew Giles

Andrew Giles

Secretary
De Silva Hebron
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Leonique Swart

Leonique Swart

Councillor
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Lisa O'Donoghue

Lisa O'Donoghue

Councillor
O'Donoghue's First National Real Estate
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Marty Aust

Marty Aust

Councillor
NAAJA
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Peggy Cheong

Peggy Cheong

Councillor
Hunt & Hunt Lawyers
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Fiona Kepert

Fiona Kepert

Councillor
NTLAC, Alice Springs
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Carly Ingles

Carly Ingles

Councillor
DPP, Alice Springs
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Glen Dooley

Glen Dooley

Alice Springs Rep
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Alice Spring Alt Rep

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David Alderman

David Alderman

NT Bar Association Rep
William Forster Chambers
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Melissa Chen

Melissa Chen

NT Young Lawyers Rep
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Lokesh Kashyap

Lokesh Kashyap

NT Young Lawyers Alt Rep
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Society Council members may be contacted through the Society.

Page last updated 16 November 2017

Contact us

Office information:

Opening hours 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)
Office location Level 3/9 Cavenagh Street
Darwin, Northern Territory, 0800
Postal address GPO Box 2388
Darwin, Northern Territory, 0801
Telephone (08) 8981 5104
Fax (08) 8941 1623
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Society committees

The Society's Council establishes committees to inform the policy directions of the Society. These committees are established and reviewed at the annual strategic planning meeting to ensure they can adequately support the strategic objectives of the Council. The committees focus on policy development and implementation in relation to specific issues they identify. Committees also have the capacity to form 'ad hoc' working groups.

The committees are comprised of members from the Council and the broader legal profession, supported by the Secretariat. Additionally committees may have a community representative. The meeting schedule is usually determined by the Chairperson of the committee. If you have appropriate expertise in the relevant areas, or would like further information, please contact us.

  • Committees Charter
  • Committee appointments are for one year, but members may be re-appointed
  • Appointment/removal of members is by resolution of Council

After consideration of the important work of the committees the Council resolved to adopt a Committees Charter at its meeting dated 27 September 2012. The Charter provides that the activities of the committees are overseen as follows:

  • Members of Council chair/participate in committees, reporting as required at Council meetings;
  • CEO participates in committees, reporting as required at Council meetings;
  • CEO draws and signs all correspondence on behalf of the Society coming from committees recommendations;
  • CEO to seek advice from the Executive as determined by the CEO;
  • Approved minutes of committees to be uploaded to file share service for consideration by Council (PII and Ethics minutes are exceptions to this requirement).

The Council also acknowledges the values as set out in the Committees Charter.

The Charter provides that in the establishment, appointment of chairpersons and members the following values operate as a guide to the Council and others in making recommendations/determinations with respect to committees. The Society values committees that:

  • benefit members and support the work of Council and the strategic plan;
  • maintain a balance of necessary skills and knowledge and a dynamic membership;
  • are manageable in terms of numbers and workload;
  • maximise profession-wide awareness of and interest in the committees and their role;
  • are broadly representative of the Society's membership providing as many Society members as possible with the opportunity to serve as member of a committee;
  • foster new leaders of the profession and facilitate the regular introduction of new ideas.

The current committees may be found here.

Page last updated 7 November 2017

Mission Statement & Objectives

Mission Statement

The Law Society of the Northern Territory promotes the interests of its members and the public by providing leadership in a time of change and by:

  • Facilitating and improving the delivery of fair, economic and efficient legal services;
  • Enhancing access to justice, improving the law and maintaining individual rights;
  • Being accountable for and maintaining the highest standards of professional conduct;
  • Representing and promoting the Northern Territory legal profession and the legal services it provides to the community.

This mission statement was approved by the Law Society Northern Territory Council on 28 January 1999.

Objectives

The objectives of the Society are:

  1. To carry out its objects and exercise the powers granted to it pursuant to the Legal Profession Act;
  2. to advance the study of law;
  3. to promote the administration of justice and development and improvement of law throughout the Territory;
  4. to encourage and assist suitable persons to enter into the legal profession;
  5. to promote the establishment in the Territory of facilities for legal training;
  6. to support and protect the character, status and interest of the legal profession and legal practitioners generally in the Territory;
  7. to promote honourable practice, to suppress malpractice, professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct and unprofessional practice on the part of legal practitioners;
  8. to settle disputed points of practice and to decide all questions of professional usage or courtesy between or among legal practitioners;
  9. to uphold the honour of the profession of the law, and encourage cordial intercourse among members of the legal profession and to arrange social and sporting functions and gatherings among the legal profession, and also social and sporting functions in which the legal profession and other professions may participate;
  10. to consider proposed changes in the law and to aid such amendments and reforms thereof as are likely to benefit the public;
  11. to consider all questions affecting the interest of the legal profession in the Territory and in that interest to initiate and watch over, and if necessary to petition parliament or promote deputations, in relation to general measures affecting the legal profession and to procure changes of law or practice and the promotion of improvements in the principles and administration of the law;
  12. to represent the views and wishes of the legal profession;
  13. to promote information on legal subjects by lectures, discussions, books, correspondence with public bodies and individuals or otherwise;
  14. to seek, receive and disseminate information;
  15. to provide rooms and other facilities for members;
  16. to afford assistance to members in their practices as legal practitioners by the provision of services and facilities of all kinds including, where appropriate, services and facilities for which fees may be charged;
  17. to promote and administer or assist in the administration of insurance schemes, retirement and assurance schemes, superannuation schemes or provident funds for members or the employees of members;
    • to make arrangements with banks for the payment to the Society of amounts equivalent in amount to/or representing interest on trust monies held by legal practitioners or firms of legal practitioners in trust accounts with banks in the Territory;
    • to receive from banks any monies that may be paid to the Society in accordance with arrangements made under the preceding sub-clause and to hold and stand possessed of all such moneys for public charitable purposes upon the trusts of a Public Purposes Trust Fund, and to that end to enter into and execute a Deed of Trust to establish such a Public Purposes Trust Fund on such terms and conditions as the Society may deem appropriate;
    • to promote and administer or assist in the promotion and administration of a Public Purposes Trust Fund as hereinbefore referred to and for such purposes to undertake the office of trustee of such a Public Purposes Trust Fund and to perform and discharge the duties and functions incidental thereto;
    • to amend, vary or alter from time to time any such arrangements, trusts, terms and conditions in such manner as the Society may deem appropriate; and
    • to do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the above objects.

Page last updated 13 February 2009

Privacy Policy

Law Society NT Privacy Policy

We, Law Society Northern Territory ABN 62 208 314 893 and associated organisations, are not bound by the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) but we nevertheless choose to comply with the NPPs. This policy explains how we handle personal information relating to individuals, whether or not they are members.

Terminology

The expression 'personal information' is used in this policy to refer to information or an opinion about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion.

Information collection

We only collect personal information to the extent that this is necessary for one or more of our objectives as set out in our constitution, namely:

  1. to carry out its objects and exercise the powers granted to it pursuant to the Legal Profession Act;
  2. to advance the study of law;
  3. to promote the administration of justice and development and improvement of law throughout the Territory;
  4. to encourage and assist suitable persons to enter into the legal profession;
  5. to promote the establishment in the Territory of facilities for legal training;
  6. to support and protect the character, status and interest of the legal profession and legal practitioners generally in the Territory;
  7. to promote honourable practice, to suppress mal-practice, professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct and unprofessional practice on the part of legal practitioners;
  8. to settle disputed points of practice and to decide all questions of professional usage or courtesy between or among legal practitioners;
  9. to uphold the honour of the profession of the law and encourage cordial intercourse among members of the legal profession and to arrange social and sporting functions and gatherings among the legal profession, and also social and sporting functions in which the legal profession and other professions may participate;
  10. to consider proposed changes in the law and to aid such amendments and reforms thereof as are likely to benefit the public;
  11. to consider all questions affecting the interest of the legal profession in the Territory and in that interest to initiate and watch over, and if necessary to petition parliament or promote deputations, in relation to general measures affecting the legal profession and to procure changes of law or practice and the promotion of improvements in the principles and administration of the law;
  12. to represent the views and wishes of the legal profession;
  13. to promote information on legal subjects by lectures, discussions, books, correspondence with public bodies and individuals or otherwise;
  14. to seek, receive and disseminate information relating to any of the stipulated primary objectives;
  15. to provide rooms and other facilities for members;
  16. to afford assistance to members in their practices as legal practitioners by the provision of services and facilities of all kinds including where appropriate services and facilities for which fees may be charged;
  17. to promote and administer or assist in the administration of insurance schemes and retirement and assurance schemes superannuation schemes or provident funds for members or the employees of members;
  18. to make arrangements with banks for the payment to the Society of amounts equivalent in amount to/or representing interest on trust monies held by legal practitioners or firms of legal practitioners in trust accounts with banks in the Territory;
  19. to receive from banks any monies that may be paid to the Society in accordance with arrangements made under the preceding sub-clause and to hold and stand possessed of all such moneys for public charitable purposes upon the trusts of a Public Purposes Trust Fund and to that end to enter into and execute a Deed of Trust to establish such a Public Purposes Trust Fund on such terms and conditions as the Society may deem appropriate;
  20. to promote and administer or assist in the promotion and administration of a Public Purposes Trust Fund as hereinbefore referred to and for such purposes to undertake the office of trustee of such a Public Purposes Trust Fund and to perform and discharge the duties and functions incidental thereto;
  21. to amend, vary or alter from time to time any such arrangements, trusts, terms and conditions in such manner as the Society may deem appropriate and
  22. to do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the above objects.

The types of personal information which we may collect and hold for our activities include, without limitation, an individual's name, personal and business address, personal and business phone number, personal and business email address, age, date of birth, and in some instances credit card information.

We may collect personal information from you in a variety of ways including, without limitation, on forms, questionnaires and surveys, by our website (including collection of cookies being data we store on your computer to keep track of your website preferences), over the telephone, or person to person.

If the information we request for the provision of goods or services is not provided to us, we may not be able to provide the goods or services to the person requesting them.

Information use and disclosure

We will not use or disclose personal information that we collect for any secondary purpose other than the primary purpose of collection without your consent unless:

  1. the secondary purpose is related to the primary purpose (directly related if sensitive information) and you would reasonably expect us to use or disclose the information for that secondary purpose;
  2. in the case of direct marketing not related to our activities - we have obtained your prior consent (unless it is not reasonably practicable to seek your consent and we otherwise comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act); or
  3. the use or disclosure would otherwise be permitted under the Privacy Act, if it were applicable to our activities.

You may at any time request us not to provide you with any further publications by contacting us on the details below.

By using our website you will be deemed to consent to us using your personal information collected by our website for the purposes listed above under 'Information collection'.

Employee records exemption

The NPPs and this policy do not apply to our acts and practices directly related to a current or former employment relationship between us and an employee, and an employee record held by us relating to the employee.

Data security

We will take reasonable steps to protect the personal information which we hold from misuse or loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.

When using our website you should be aware that no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed as totally secure. Although we strive to protect such information, we do not warrant the security of any information that you transmit to us over the Internet, and you do so at your own risk.

Openness

From time to time, we may change our policy on how we handle personal information or the types of personal information which we hold. Any changes to our policy will be published on our website.

Access, correction and further information

We will provide you with access to your personal information held by us unless we would be permitted under the Privacy Act to refuse to provide you with such access. Please contact us on the details below if you:

  1. wish to have access to the personal information which we hold about you;
  2. consider that the personal information which we hold about you is not accurate, complete or up to date; or
  3. require further information on our personal information handling practices.

Contact details

Page last updated 13 Febtuary 2009

Office Location

Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800

Mailing Address

GPO Box 2388
Darwin NT 0801

Contact

Phone: 08 8981 5104
Fax: 08 8941 1623
Email: lawsoc@lawsocietynt.asn.au

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