Privacy and your organisation

Australian businesses and government organisations are required to protect privacy – that is, ensure that personal information is collected, used, secured and disclosed in accordance with relevant privacy principles and specific statutory requirements.

Where best privacy practice exists at all levels of an organisation, and is meaningfully understood across all services and disciplines, organisations are better equipped to:

  • identify and deal with privacy issues
  • meet statutory obligations
  • enhance consumer protection
  • encourage greater levels of consumer trust

Ground Up Consulting offers niche privacy capacity building services for business, government and not for profit organisations.

privacy talks



Short and sharp executive sessions


“[Since early 2017], our company has been working with Nicole Stephensen on numerous projects, including crafting our privacy policies, designing the content surrounding our built-in and automated parental consent module on our platform, producing training content and providing risk identification/ mitigation services as required.

Nicole’s service in this niche area is invaluable, both to us and our corporate clients (mainly in the education sector), to whom we refer Nicole as an independent expert on privacy matters.

Her frank, candid and practical approach to privacy has established her as a trusted advisor and privacy mentor – at a strategic executive level and within our technology, design and sales teams. Of note is her ability to map education industry imperatives back to the core privacy-related strategy, governance, processes and operations that are fundamental to our business … As a leading thought partner in privacy, she has been very proactive in helping us problem-solve unique privacy issues that impact our corporate clients as they arise”

– Colin Anson-Smith

CEO, pixevety

“Nicole Stephensen is a premier privacy services provider and operates as a trusted advisor to Eaglegate and our clients. We regularly refer clients to Nicole to address matters of privacy practice raised in our legal consultations. She has expert knowledge in best practice application of national and state/territory privacy principles, and offers a full suite of services to this end.

Nicole’s extensive history in public policy and regulatory environments makes her well placed to identify risks in terms of organizational privacy practice and suggest common sense, practical and replicable approaches for dealing with such risks.

She has a candid, respectful approach in her work and is strong mentor to the in-house privacy officers, legal counsel and executive officers with whom she deals“

– Nicole Murdoch

Principal, Eaglegate Lawyers

“In my role as president of the Professional Photographers’ Association of Queensland, I recently engaged Nicole Stephensen to give a talk to our members on the importance and relevance of privacy in our industry.

We were all impressed and delighted with her expertise, her professionalism and her approachability. All of our members walked away with a valuable insight into how our own privacy and that of our clients should be cared for and how it is exploited by some third party applications. Nicole’s presentation was refreshingly personalised and we were engaged from the beginning until the end.

Thank you Nicole from all of us at the PPAQ.”

Amanda Waschevski

President – Professional Photographers’ Association of Queensland