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Appendix Four — Memorandums of understanding

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) held a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), which covers the provision of corporate services to the OAIC. This included financial, administrative, information technology and human resources. The OAIC also sub-let premises in Sydney from the AHRC under this arrangement. The OAIC paid $2,036,320 for these services and premises in 2014–15.

ACT Government

The OAIC renewed an MOU with the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government until 30 June 2017. Under the MOU, the OAIC provided a number of privacy services to the ACT Government including handling privacy complaints and enquiries about ACT public sector agencies, providing policy advice, carrying out a privacy assessment, providing access to privacy seminars and facilitating the Information Contact Officers Network. In 2014–15, the OAIC invoiced $171,003.74 for the provision of these services.

Centrelink

The OAIC continued to undertake its responsibilities under the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990 throughout 2014–15. The OAIC invoiced Centrelink for $372,976 (including GST) to support the costs of monitoring the conduct of the data-matching program.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

The OAIC has held an agreement with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) since May 2008. The OAIC provides ongoing privacy policy advice as well as one assessment a year of ACBPS's use of Passenger Name Record data. The OAIC invoiced ACBPS for $130,000 (including GST) in 2014–15 to support the costs of this work. This MOU was renewed in June 2014 and extends until June 2016.

Department of Human Services — Service Delivery Reform

The OAIC held an agreement with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide privacy policy advice and assistance in relation to the Australian Government's Service Delivery Reform Agenda and other privacy matters. The period of the MOU was 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015. The OAIC invoiced DHS for $220,000 in 2014–15.

Department of Health — Healthcare Identifiers and Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records

The OAIC held an MOU with the Department of Health to deliver an independent regulatory service in relation to the handling of healthcare identifiers (HI) and the operation of the HI service as provided by the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) and the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010. The MOU also provides for the delivery of an independent regulatory service in relation to the handling of personal information within the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) system as provided by the Privacy Act and Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012.

The OAIC invoiced the Department of Health for $690,000 for oversight of the HI service and $1,568,000 for oversight of the PCEHR system in 2014–15.

Department of Education and Training

The OAIC held an agreement with the Department of Industry to provide dedicated privacy-related services, including the OAIC's appointment as independent privacy regulator of the Student Identifier Scheme. This agreement was transferred to the Department of Education and Training, following a Machinery of Government change in December 2014. The OAIC invoiced $70,540 for the provision of services in 2014–15.

Department of Finance

The OAIC held an MOU with the Department of Finance for hosting the OAIC Blog on the Govspace website. The MOU commenced on 1 July 2012 and continued until 31 October 2014. The OAIC paid $1500 for these services in 2014–15.