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You may be able to access your information, including any referee reports

If you applied for a job but have yet to take it or weren’t successful, generally you can ask for access to information about you. There are some exceptions, so you may not receive all the information about you.

If you applied for a job in the private sector and were unsuccessful, then you may be able to access information related to you under the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). (For more information, see Private Sector Employee Records.) Likewise, if you applied for a job in the Australian Government or Norfolk Island administration.

As far as possible, the information an organisation collects about you should be accurate, complete and up to date. In most situations, the Privacy Act gives you a right to access and ask to correct the personal information an organisation holds about you or attach a statement that you think the information is not correct. This includes information relating to a referee's report.

An organisation that isn’t your current or former employer will need to consider its reasons carefully before deciding not to give you access to your referee’s report. In some limited situations, they may be able to deny access under the Privacy Act. For example, if giving you access would be a breach of the law relating to confidentiality.