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In this section you will find current news from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

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Consultation on missing persons rules

The OAIC is seeking comment on draft Privacy (Persons Reported as Missing) Rules. These rules relate to the Australian Privacy Principles which will come into force on 12 March 2014. Comments on the draft rules are due by 31 January 2014.

The OAIC has prepared a consultation paper including some stimulus questions and a draft set of rules.

EDR scheme applications

The OAIC is starting to receive applications for recognition under the Privacy Act from external dispute resolution (EDR) schemes. The first application, from the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, has now been published on a new webpage that will eventually hold information about all applications and about those EDR schemes that are recognised.

eHealth Annual Report tabled

The Annual Report of the Information Commissioner's eHealth activities 2012–13 was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday 3 December 2013. The report includes information about the OAIC’s compliance, enforcement, advice, liaison activities under both the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012 and the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010.

40th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum

The 40th APPA Forum is currently underway, with the meeting being hosted by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, Australia. Representatives from 11 privacy authorities and observers have gathered to discuss a variety of privacy related topics over the next two days.

Consultation on APP Guidelines Chapters 12 and 13

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has released the third and final tranche of Australian Privacy Principles (APP) Guidelines for consultation. The third tranche covers APPs 12 and 13 (Part 5). The consultation runs until COB Monday 16 December 2013.