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Application for a Public Interest Determination from UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide consultation information

October 2011

The consultation period in relation to the application from UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide for a Public Interest Determination (PID) under section 73 of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act) closed on 25 November 2011.

Determinations made in response to the application:

Public Interest Determinations 13 and 13A, were made in response to UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide’s application on 7 February 2012, and registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments on 15 February 2012. They will have effect from 16 February 2012:


The application concerned the disclosure and collection of personal information without consent in limited and specific circumstances, to improve outcomes for children and young people at risk of serious harm.

The application sought to enable implementation of the South Australian Information Sharing Guidelines for Promoting the Safety and Wellbeing of Children (SA Government 2008). These guidelines aim to improve early intervention outcomes by providing a consistent and structured framework for service coordination.

Consultation on the application and draft determination

The Australian Privacy Commissioner invited interested parties to make comment on the issues raised by the application and the scope and nature of the draft determination. To assist consideration of this matter the OAIC prepared a consultation paper which included the draft determination.

The paper outlined the issues raised in the application, provided brief background information and suggested matters that could be addressed in submissions.

Expressions of interest for a conference on draft determinations

The Australian Privacy Commissioner invited interested parties to consider whether a conference should be held to discuss the draft determination. Interested parties were invited to consider whether they wished to request a conference to discuss the draft determinations. No such request was received.

Submissions received

The following submissions were received in response to the OAIC’s consultation paper on the issues raised by the application and the scope and nature of the draft determination for UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide. The submissions are presented as received by the OAIC. If you have any difficulty accessing the submissions, please contact us.

  1. pdfLifeline South East SA395.97 KB
  2. pdfPam Simmons, Guardian for Children and Young People (South Australia)239.7 KB
  3. pdfSouth Australian Council of Social Service956.95 KB
  4. docSouthern Junction Community Services Inc.29 KB
  5. docDepartment for Communities and Social Inclusion (South Australia)152.5 KB
  6. docAnglicare SA190.5 KB
  7. pdfMegan Mitchell, NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People on behalf of Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians402.5 KB
  8. docSouth Australian Association of Major Community Organisations33.5 KB
  9. pdfSA Health420.68 KB