Advisory privacy guidelines

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner creates guidelines that are not legislative instruments and that are therefore not legally binding. Under the Privacy Act 1988, the Australian Information Commissioner has the power to make advisory privacy guidelines.

As well as the guidelines published below the OAIC has also issued Australian Privacy Principles (APP) guidelines on a separate menu item.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) also publishes binding guidelines, which can be found on the Legally binding guidelines and rules page, and resources to assist agencies, businesses and individuals, which can be found in the Privacy resources section.

Guidelines for developing codes

These guidelines cover the development, registration and ongoing administration of Australian Privacy Principles (APP) codes and the Credit reporting (CR) code.

Guidelines for developing codes (pdfPDF443.24 KB) (rtfRTF7.28 MB)

Issued under Part IIIB of the Privacy Act 1988 on 27 September 2013

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Guidelines for recognising external dispute resolution schemes

The Privacy Act gives the Information Commissioner the discretion to recognise external dispute resolution (EDR) schemes to handle privacy-related complaints. These guidelines outline the conditions that must be met by EDR schemes to be recognised under the Privacy Act.

Importantly, from 12 March 2014, under Part IIIA of the Privacy Act, a credit provider must be a member of an EDR scheme recognised under the Privacy Act to be able to participate in the credit reporting system.

Guidelines for recognising external dispute resolution schemes  (pdfPDF346.37 KB) (rtfRTF7.13 MB)

Issued under section 35A of the Privacy Act 1988 on 27 September 2013

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Public Interest Determination Procedure Guidelines

Procedures for handling applications from organisations and agencies seeking a Public Interest Determination.

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Data-matching in Commonwealth administration

These guidelines assist in ensuring that data-matching programs between Australian Government agencies are designed and conducted in accordance with sound privacy practices.

The guidelines are issued by the Privacy Commissioner under s.27(1)(e) of the Privacy Act. Issued February 1998. 

pdfData-matching in Commonwealth administration (February 1998)

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