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.

An Australian Privacy Principle (APP) code developed by an entity sets out how one or more of the APPs are to be applied or complied with, and the APP entities that are bound by the code.

The Privacy Act also requires the development of a code of practice about credit reporting. The credit reporting privacy code sets out how the Privacy Act’s credit reporting provisions are to be applied or complied with by credit reporting bodies, credit providers and other entities bound by Part IIIA of the Privacy Act.

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.

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

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