Department property

Electronic communications created, sent or received using Department email systems are the property of the Department and may be accessed by an authorised person or their delegate in the case of an investigation. This includes investigations following a complaint or investigations into misconduct.

Electronic communications may also be subject to discovery in litigation and criminal investigations. All information produced on users’ computers, including emails, may be accessible under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) or Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth)

Email messages may be retrieved from back-up systems.

Chapter explaining who owns electronic communications using Department email systems and when they may be accessed

Reviewed 10 March 2022

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