Privacy

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has responsibility for regulating and providing advice on the operation of the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) and other privacy-related legislation.

The Privacy Act provides protection to individuals against the mishandling of personal information by Australian, ACT and Norfolk Island government agencies and some private sector organisations. Personal information is information that identifies you or could reasonably identify you.

In this section, you will find information about privacy and the OAIC’s role as the federal privacy regulator.

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

Privacy News

  • National Consumer Fraud Week

    (Privacy news) Monday, 18 May 2015

    Did you know that identity theft is now one of the most common crimes in Australia? Identity theft involves scammers stealing your personal information to commit fraudulent activities, like opening accounts in your name, or making unauthorised purchases on your credit card.

    Read more: National Consumer Fraud Week

  • Privacy assessment of ACT Justice and Community Safety portfolio

    (Privacy news) Monday, 11 May 2015

    The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has published a report outlining the findings of the first privacy assessment conducted under the Territory Privacy Principles (TPPs). The TPPs were introduced by the Information Privacy Act 2014 (ACT) on 1 September 2014 and apply to ACT...

    Read more: Privacy assessment of ACT Justice and Community...

  • Consultation on the Guide to privacy regulatory action

    (Privacy news) Tuesday, 05 May 2015

    The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released for public comment on an exposure draft of the remaining three chapters of the Guide to privacy regulatory action (the Guide). Exposure drafts of the other six chapters of the Guide were released for public comment in November...

    Read more: Consultation on the Guide to privacy regulatory...

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