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Our priorities for the coming year

In collaboration with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Australian Public Service Commissioner, we will implement the Australian Public Service (APS) Privacy Governance Code, which will play a key role in building public trust in the APS, supporting the Australian Government’s public data agenda and enhancing privacy governance and capability.

The Notifiable Data Breaches scheme will be take effect in February 2018, strengthening the protections afforded to Australians’ personal information, and improving transparency in the way that organisations respond to serious data breaches. The OAIC will work with businesses and agencies to ensure that guidance and resources are available to promote a smooth implementation of this important new privacy protection.

We will review the Privacy (Credit Reporting) Code 2014 and provide recommendations for improvement, in consultation with industry and stakeholder groups.

Throughout the year, we will continue to conduct targeted privacy assessments in areas such as national security, identity management, digital health, and the enhanced welfare payment integrity data matching program.

We will host the 47th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities meeting and Data + Privacy Asia Pacific national conference — providing a unique opportunity for Australian privacy professionals to engage with industry developments on an international level.

We will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the commencement of the Privacy Act 1988.

We will update tools and guidance for Australian Government agencies to assist them to review their compliance with the FOI Act.

We will develop and publish an FOI regulatory action policy that outlines how we undertake IC reviews, FOI complaints and Commissioner-initiated investigations.

We will conduct a campaign for Right to Know Day 2017 raising awareness about people’s right to access government information and promoting FOI as essential to both democracy and good governance.

We will provide advice and guidance in support of any implementation of the Australian Government’s Productivity Commission’s Data Availability and Use report, and the Cyber Security Strategy among other priorities.

We are at the forefront of guidance and enforcement of Australia’s privacy and freedom of information laws; shaping how emerging technologies and data practices impact the lives of every Australian.

In 2016–17 we have continued to promote and protect two important principles of open democratic government in the information age — the right of individuals to access government-held information and understand how it is used for public purposes; and to exercise choice and control over their personal information.

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