Privacy resources for agencies and businesses
Stop press: Significant amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 passed through the Australian Parliament on 29 November 2012 and will come into effect in March 2014. Agencies and businesses need to prepare for these changes. For more information see our privacy law reform page.
The OAIC has a range of guidelines, fact sheets and other resources available for agencies and businesses. Recent publications can mostly be found in the publications section of this site.
Other privacy resources and information for agencies and businesses can be found below or on the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s website at www.privacy.gov.au.
Australian Government agency staff may also be interested in participating in the Information Contact Officers Network (ICON).
Privacy Business Resources
- Individual Healthcare Identifiers—Compliance obligations of private healthcare providers (PDF)
- Privacy Act reforms—Checklist for APP entities (organisations) (PDF)
Register of businesses that have opted into Privacy Act coverage
Businesses that are not otherwise covered by the Privacy Act can opt-in to be covered by that Act. Check the Opt-in Register to see if a small business or not-for-profit organisation has opted in.
Privacy Codes Register
The Privacy Act allows organisations and industries to have and to enforce their own privacy codes that continue to uphold the privacy rights of individuals while allowing some flexibility of application for organisations. Under section 18BB the Commissioner may approve a privacy code, provided certain criteria are met. Once a code has been approved, it will replace the National Privacy Principles under the Act for those organisations bound by the code.
For more information and to access the Privacy Codes Register go to: www.privacy.gov.au/business/codes