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Acknowledgement of country

Batchelor Institute would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereign people of the lands on which our campuses are located. As we share our knowledge, teaching and learning and engage in research practices within this Institution and/or conduct business with a variety of external agencies and organisations, we must always pay respect to the sovereign status of our hosts. May their Ancestors always be remembered and honoured, their Elders listened to and respected, all members treated with dignity and fairness — in the present and well into the future.

We also acknowledge and pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever with our hosts, custodianship of country and the binding relationship they have with the land. Batchelor Institute extends this acknowledgment and expression of respect to all sovereign custodians — past, present and emerging. By expressing Acknowledgement of Country we encourage all to extend and practice respect to all First Nations people wherever their lands are located.

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It is a condition of use of the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education website that users ensure that any disclosure of the information contained in the website is consistent with the views and sensitivities of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This includes:
Users are warned that there may be words and descriptions which may be culturally sensitive and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts. Terms and annotations, which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was written, may be considered inappropriate today in some circumstances.
Deceased persons
Users of the website should be aware that, in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, seeing images of deceased persons in photographs, film and books or hearing them in recordings may cause sadness or distress and in some cases, offend against strongly held cultural prohibitions.
Access conditions
Materials included in this website may be subject to access conditions imposed by Indigenous communities and/or depositors. Users are advised that access to some materials may be subject to these terms and conditions which the Institute is required to maintain
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The Information Commissioner

The Information Act enables the appointment of an Information Commissioner.

Under the Act, the Information Commissioner is able to accept complaints in relation to public sector organisations refusing requests for a review of a decision relating to an application to access information and alleged privacy interference. This includes complaints from third parties whose personal information may have been provided to another person without permission.

The Information Commissioner will be able to investigate, mediate and conduct hearings into complaints. This means that complaints and dispute resolution can be dealt with quickly and inexpensively, with the focus being on informality and mediation rather than on litigation.

However, review of decisions and complaints to the Information Commissioner will not be possible for the first 12 months of operation of the Act.

The Information Commissioner will also be able to conduct audits of public sector agency records to determine compliance with the privacy provisions of the Act.

In addition, the Information Commissioner can award damages (not exceeding $60 000) where actual loss or damage has been suffered by a complainant as a result of a privacy interference

Record Keeping

Requirements in relation to records and archives management are under Part 9 of the Act.

Under the Act, the Vice-Chancellor has a duty to ensure that the Institute complies with the records and archives management requirements. The Act also identifies Institute obligations concerning the protection, management, transferring and form of records.

The NT Archive Service can prepare and review standards for the management of records. The standards must have the Vice-Chancellor’s approval in order to take effect.

The Act provides for the management of archives, including requirements for the transfer of records to archives, the determination of open access periods (ordinarily 30 years unless in the public interest to remain closed), and accessing and correcting archives not publicly available.

In addition, it is an offence (in certain circumstances) under the Act to mishandle information and penalties may apply.