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Privacy registers

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) maintains a number of privacy registers:

Privacy codes register

Under the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act), the Australian Information Commissioner (Information Commissioner) can approve and register enforceable codes which are developed by entities on their own initiative, developed on request from the Information Commissioner, or developed by the Information Commissioner directly.

» Read more: Privacy codes register

Public interest determinations register

The Privacy Act allows the Information Commissioner to make Public interest determinations.

» Read more: Public interest determinations register

Privacy opt-in register

The Privacy Act allows small business operators, who would otherwise not be covered by the Privacy Act, to choose to be treated as an organisation for the purposes of that Act and therefore subject to the Australian Privacy Principles.

» Read more: Privacy opt-in register

Recognised EDR schemes

The Information Commissioner can recognise, by written notice, external dispute resolution (EDR) schemes to handle particular privacy-related complaints (s 35A of the Privacy Act).

» Read more: Recognised EDR schemes

Data matching exemptions register

In appropriate circumstances an exemption from specific requirements of the Guidelines on Data Matching in Australian Government Administration can be granted.

» Read more: Data matching exemptions register

Classes of lawful tax file number recipients

Sections 8WA and 8WB of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 protect the privacy of tax file numbers by making it an offence to wrongfully request or receive tax file numbers, or to misuse or give them to anyone but the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or another authorised user.

The ‘Classes of lawful tax file number recipients’ is a list of the classes of entities that are lawfully able to receive tax file numbers, and an explanation of who the recipients may disclose the tax file number to.

» Read more: Classes of lawful tax file number recipients