ALHR WA Seminar: Access to information and the resources sector

Date: Wed 21st March 2012

The access and use of information in the resources sector raised many legal issues and complexities. The Freedom of Information Act and international human rights laws specify standards and procedures for obtaining information while also protecting commercial and personal interests. Resources companies are facing increasing demands, under Australian and international standards, to provide information about their mining activities (eg. stock exchange rules, reporting of exploration results, and supply-chain issues in conflict minerals). There are also contractual and common law controls on information passed between parties, through the doctrine of ‘confidential information’. The seminar will provide a practical discussion of some of the key legal issues around the access and use of information in the resources sector.