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

  • Credit reporting privacy code varied

    (Privacy news) Thursday, 03 April 2014

    The registered credit reporting privacy code (CR code) has now been varied. Following an application by the Australian Retail Credit Association the Information Commissioner today approved a variation to extend the 5 day 'grace period' to 14 days, for repayment history information to be...

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  • Application to vary credit reporting code

    (Privacy news) Monday, 31 March 2014

    The Australian Retail Credit Association has applied to vary the Credit Reporting Privacy Code — to extend the 5 day 'grace period' to 14 days for repayment history...

    Read more: Application to vary credit reporting code

  • AMSRO consultation on the Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014

    (Privacy news) Wednesday, 19 March 2014

    The Association of Market and Social Research Organisations (AMSRO) has today released for public consultation the Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014, the first voluntary Australian Privacy Principles (APP) code developed for the privacy reforms that commenced on 12 March 2014. AMSRO...

    Read more: AMSRO consultation on the Privacy (Market and...

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