Privacy registers

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) maintains a number of privacy registers:

Public interest determinations register

The Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) allows the Information Commissioner to make Public interest determinations (PID).

For more information about PIDs, how the Information Commissioner makes these determinations and a list of registered PIDs see the Public interest determinations register page.

Privacy codes register

Under the Privacy Act, the Information Commissioner can approve and register enforceable codes which are developed by entities on their own initiative, developed on request from the Commissioner, or developed by the Commissioner directly.

More information about privacy codes and a list of current privacy codes can be found on the Privacy codes register page.

Privacy opt-in register

The Privacy Act allows small business operators, who would otherwise not be covered by the Privacy Act, to choose to be treated as an organisation for the purposes of the Act and therefore subject to the Australian Privacy Principles.

For more information about how to opt-in, the opt-in form and how to opt-out see the Privacy opt-in register page.

List of recognised EDR schemes

The Information Commissioner can recognise, by written notice, external dispute resolution (EDR) schemes to handle particular privacy-related complaints (s 35A of the Privacy Act).

For more information about EDR schemes that have applied and those that have been recognised see the Recognised EDR schemes page.

Data matching exemptions register

In appropriate circumstances an exemption from specific requirements of the Guidelines on Data Matching in Australian Government Administration can be granted. Exemptions that have been granted and are still current are fund in the Data matching exemptions register.

Classes of lawful tax file number recipients

Sections 8WA and 8WB of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 protect the privacy of tax file numbers by making it an offence to wrongfully request or receive tax file numbers, or to misuse or give them to anyone but the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or another authorised user.

The ‘Classes of lawful tax file number recipients’ is a list of the classes of entities that are lawfully able to receive tax file numbers, and an explanation of who the recipients may disclose the tax file number to.

This page makes up a part of the OAIC Information Publication Scheme IPS

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