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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) hosts and participants in a number of international and domestic information and best practice sharing forums, initiatives and arrangements. 

Currently, we coordinate public and private sector privacy networks which provide opportunities for privacy contact officers in government organisations to meet, collaborate and share expertise.

We also build and maintain productive relationships with privacy organisations and authorities in other jurisdictions through a number of national and international forums and arrangements.

OAIC networks

Privacy Professionals Network

The Privacy Professionals Network (PPN) is for public and private sector privacy professionals.

The OAIC holds regular meetings and seminars, where members have the opportunity to hear from experts, listen to case studies, and network with other members. The full calendar of events will be available soon. In between events, members will be updated with the latest news and information from our office via the PPN mailing list.

Join the PPN

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Consumer Privacy Network

The Consumer Privacy Network (CPN) assists the OAIC to further understand and respond to current privacy issues affecting consumers. Members are appointed for a two-year period. The full list of current members can be found below.

  • Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
  • Australian Privacy Foundation
  • Consumer Action Law Centre
  • Consumer Credit Law Centre SA (CCLCSA)
  • Consumers Health Forum of Australia
  • Electronic Frontiers Australia, Inc
  • Financial Rights Legal Centre Inc (NSW)
  • Internet Australia
  • Legal Aid NSW
  • Legal Aid Queensland.

Expression of interest

The CPN is expanding its membership base to incorporate representation from the following areas of consumer and privacy rights interest:

  • Youth and social media
  • Finance
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex
  • Civil liberties
  • Mental health
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse
  • Indigenous
  • Ageing
  • Real estate and tenancy
  • Women

If you are interested in joining the CPN and believe your organisation represents one of the areas above, please send an expression of interest by 31 August 2015. Applications must be emailed to and should include the following information:

  • Organisation name
  • Size, scope and charter of organisation
  • Purpose and audience / membership base of the organisation and how leadership positions are selected, including the sector
  • Proposed representative
  • Statement confirming interest in the Consumer Privacy Network and agreement with the docxOAIC’s stakeholder engagement principles72.41 KB.

The draft Consumer Privacy Network guidelines are available for review during the process. If you have any queries about the CPN please email

Draft Consumer Privacy Network guidelines

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  1. The Consumer Privacy Network (CPN) will assist the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to understand and respond to current consumer privacy issues.
  2. The aim of the CPN is to provide a forum to engage with privacy issues affecting consumers and to ensure that:
    • OAIC resources, publications and policy positions are informed by the privacy issues that are affecting regulated entities and the community
    • the OAIC is briefed on consumer privacy issues or concerns that are impacting consumers.


  1. Meetings will be chaired by the OAIC.
  2. Members of the CPN will be responsible for providing input into the OAIC’s work and advice to the CPN on behalf of their organisation on broader consumer privacy issues.


  1. The OAIC will open an expressions of interest (EOI) for membership of the CPN.
  2. The final membership of the CPN will be at the discretion of the OAIC and may change over time.
  3. Members will be representing an organisation or group on the CPN.
  1. Members will not be eligible for financial compensation for their time or expenses to take part in meetings.
  1. Meetings will take place on a bi-annual basis. A calendar of proposed dates for future meetings will be circulated once membership of the CPN is determined.
  1. Meetings will be held alternately at the OAIC office in Sydney, and then alternately between Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.
  2. Teleconference facilities will be made available to members who are unable to travel to Sydney, or other locations, for a meeting.
  3. Members will also have access to an online forum to discuss matters between meetings.


  1. The OAIC, in consultation with members, will formulate a draft agenda, based partly on matters held over at the previous meeting or listed in minutes of previous meetings for report at the next meeting.
  2. Standard agenda items at each meeting include:
    • meeting formalities (adoption of previous minutes, confirmation of dates of next upcoming meetings)
    • updates from the OAIC on its work program
    • opportunities for consultation on the OAIC’s work.
  3. The OAIC will circulate draft agendas in advance of upcoming meetings, requesting comments and additional items. The OAIC will update the agenda in response to comments.

Minutes and actions

  1. Minutes will be prepared by the OAIC and circulated in a timely manner electronically after the meeting.
  2. Actions or carry over items should be clearly identified. The OAIC will circulate a list of actionable items as soon as possible following the meeting. This may precede circulation of the full minutes.

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External networks

Privacy Authorities Australia

Privacy Authorities Australia (PAA) is a group of Australian privacy authorities that meet regularly to promote best practice and consistency of privacy policies and laws.

PAA membership includes the OAIC and privacy representatives from all states and territories.

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Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum

The Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) Forum is the principal forum for privacy authorities in the Asia Pacific region to form partnerships and exchange ideas about privacy regulation, new technologies and the management of privacy enquiries and complaints.

The OAIC actively participates in APPA forums, activities and initiatives.

Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum website

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Global Privacy Enforcement Network

The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) is designed to facilitate cross-border cooperation in the enforcement of privacy laws.

GPEN builds on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Recommendation on Privacy Law Enforcement Cooperation (the Recommendation) (2007), which recognised the need for greater cooperation between privacy enforcement authorities on cross-border privacy matters. The Recommendation states that member countries should establish an informal network for privacy enforcement authorities and other appropriate stakeholders to discuss the practical aspects of privacy law enforcement cooperation.

Global Privacy Enforcement Network website

Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) Alert

In October 2015, the OAIC joined with a number of other GPEN members to launch an information sharing system called GPEN Alert. GPEN Alert is a multilateral system that will enhance coordination between GPEN member organisations by enabling participants to confidentially share information about investigations.

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

In 2007, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies endorsed the APEC Data Privacy Pathfinder (the Pathfinder) to guide implementation of the APEC Privacy Framework.

The Cross-border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement (CPEA) was developed as part of the Pathfinder initiative, and provides a framework for privacy regulators to cooperate and seek information and advice from each other on cross-border enforcement matters.

APEC Privacy Framework

The APEC Privacy Framework aims to promote a consistent approach to information privacy protection across member economies, while avoiding the creation of unnecessary barriers to information flows.

Consistent with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Privacy Guidelines, the Privacy Framework’s principles and implementation guidance are focused on four main goals:

  • to develop appropriate privacy protections for personal information
  • to prevent the creation of unnecessary barriers to information flows
  • to enable multinational businesses to implement uniform approaches to the collection, use and processing of data
  • to facilitate both domestic and international efforts to promote and enforce information privacy protections.

The Privacy Framework was endorsed by Ministers in Chile in December 2004. The Privacy Framework consists of four parts, including: Part I is a preamble, Part II deals with the scope of the principles, Part III contains the nine privacy principles and Part IV deals with implementation of the principles. A commentary has been published alongside the sections within Parts II and III to provide further information and context.

Cross-border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement

The Cross-border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement (CPEA) commenced on 16 July 2010. The OAIC is a participant in the CPEA.

The CPEA provides a framework for privacy regulators to cooperate, and to seek information and advice from each other on cross-border enforcement matters. Any privacy enforcement authority in an economy may participate in the CPEA, for example privacy commissioners' offices, data protection authorities or consumer protection authorities that enforce privacy laws.

The CPEA was developed as part of the Data Privacy Pathfinder initiative, established to progress the implementation of the Privacy Framework. The CPEA was endorsed by Ministers in November 2009.

The Pathfinder initiative also involves the development and implementation of a Cross-border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system. The system provides a way for businesses of participating economies to be recognised as meeting the standards of the Privacy Framework. Australia currently does not participate in the CBPR system.

In accordance with the CPEA, we published the Summary Statement of Privacy Enforcement Authority enforcement practices, policies and activities (July 2014).

For more information about the CPEA, visit APEC Cross-border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement (CPEA).

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International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) is an international forum which holds an annual conference.

The next conference will be hosted by the Moroccan Commission for the Control of the Protection of Personal Data between 18–22 October 2016:

Past ICDPPC conference websites:

Resolutions and declarations from the ICDPPC conferences since 2000 are available from the WorldLII International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Resolutions and Declarations database.

Global Cross Border Enforcement Cooperation Arrangement

The Global Cross Border Enforcement Cooperation Arrangement (GCBECA) commenced on 27 October 2015. The OAIC was one of the original signatories to the GCBECA.

The GCBECA encourages and facilitates cooperation and collaboration in the enforcement activities of global privacy enforcement authorities. The GCBECA provides a framework under which privacy enforcement authorities are encouraged to:

  • share information about potential or ongoing investigations
  • coordinate enforcement activities
  • share best practices and experiences.

The agreement aims to achieve these by setting out a number of guidelines and provisions that promote and facilitate collaboration and information sharing amongst different authorities.

More information about the GCBECA can be found on the International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners website.

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