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

  • 42nd APPA Forum concludes

    (Privacy news) Thursday, 04 December 2014

    The 42nd Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum has concluded in Vancouver, Canada. > Read the communique

    Read more: 42nd APPA Forum concludes

  • First APP code

    (Privacy news) Monday, 01 December 2014

    The Privacy Commissioner has registered the first APP Code under new privacy laws. The Association of Market & Social Research Organisations’ (AMSRO) Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014 is an industry-led Code that sets out how the Australian Privacy Principles are to be applied and...

    Read more: First APP code

  • Launch of Privacy regulatory action policy

    (Privacy news) Monday, 17 November 2014

    Speaking at the iappANZ Annual Conference this morning, the Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, launched the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner's (OAIC) Privacy regulatory action policy.

    Read more: Launch of Privacy regulatory action policy

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