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Consultation information: Health privacy guidance

This consultation closed on 20 October 2015.


The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has developed a series of new draft health privacy resources for health service providers and consumers.

The new resources reflect the 2014 reforms to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the publication of the Australian Privacy Principles (APP) guidelines, and will replace the OAIC’s existing health privacy guidance for providers and consumers. The APP guidelines provide detailed guidance on the requirements under the APPs for agencies and organisations, including health service providers, and they include some health-specific information and scenarios. However, this new specific health privacy guidance provides more detailed guidance on the APPs in the health and research context.

The new resources do not provide guidance on health service providers’ obligations under all of the APPs but are intended to provide information that is of value specifically to the health sector, including matters which arise most frequently for that sector.

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How to make comments

The closing date for comments is Tuesday 20 October 2015.

Submissions can be made to or GPO Box 5218 Sydney NSW 2001.

While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred. It would also be appreciated if your submission could be provided to us in a web accessible format or, alternatively, in a format that would allow the OAIC to easily convert to HTML code eg: Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Microsoft Word (.doc).

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Feedback sought

We would be grateful for any feedback you are able to provide, to help us ensure the resources meet our stakeholders’ needs. You may wish to respond to some or all of the general questions below, or to raise other specific issues regarding the resources:

  • Is any of the content unnecessary? Is any additional content needed?
  • Are the guidance materials easy to read?
  • Is the layout presented clearly, and in a way that is likely to be useful to health service providers and health consumers?
  • Are there any other ways in which the material could be enhanced?

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List of guidance

Health service provider business resources

Health service consumer fact sheets

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Privacy collection statement

We will only use the personal information we collect during this consultation for the purpose of considering and dealing with submissions. Submissions will be published on the OAIC website. If you would like your submission to be confidential please advise us. However please note that confidential submissions may still be accessible under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

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  1. pdfIndividual6.02 KB
  2. pdfAustralian Psychological Society67.55 KB
  3. pdfAustralian Association of Practice Management121.32 KB
  4. pdfMedical Insurance Group Australia7.28 MB
  5. pdfAustralian Medical Association170.6 KB
  6. pdfAustralian Dental Association300.9 KB
  7. pdfNational E-Health Transition Authority122.69 KB
  8. pdfAustralian Privacy Foundation149.12 KB
  9. pdfRoyal College of Pathologists of Australasia64.63 KB
  10. pdfRoyal Australian College of General Practitioners269.32 KB
  11. pdfMDA National171.91 KB
  12. pdfAttorney-General’s Department109.35 KB
  13. pdfNational Catholic Education Commission and Independent Schools Council of Australia118.66 KB
  14. pdfAvant Mutual Group570.06 KB
  15. pdfDepartment of Health48.52 KB
  16. pdfNational Health & Medical Research Council212.02 KB
  17. pdfLaw Council of Australia840.91 KB

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