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

  • Recent online security incidents

    (Privacy news) Wednesday, 15 October 2014

    In the last week, there have been reports of two high profile incidents involving people’s personal information becoming available online. Incidents of this nature highlight the importance of managing and protecting the security of personal information, particularly in the online environment.

    Read more: Recent online security incidents

  • 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

    (Privacy news) Tuesday, 14 October 2014

    The 36th International conference of data protection and privacy Commissioners is currently underway in Mauritius. Running from 13 to 16 October, this annual conference hosts speakers from privacy and data protection authorities around the world. The theme for the 2014 conference is ‘A World...

    Read more: 36th International Conference of Data...

  • Is my real estate agent allowed to take photos in my house?

    (Privacy news) Monday, 18 August 2014

    If your real estate agent takes photos of your possessions, and you are worried about your privacy, what can you do?

    Read more: Is my real estate agent allowed to take photos...

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