2 February 2018

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In this issue

Welcome to 2018

IC review procedure direction
FOI regulatory action policy – exposure draft

Upcoming events
Key dates
OAIC careers

IC review decisions

Safer Internet Day

Notice about a representative complaint

Welcome to 2018

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Welcome to 2018 with the first edition of OAICnet. We hope you had an enjoyable break over the festive season.

You may have noticed we’ve updated the appearance of our website and
e-newsletters. You can find all of our privacy and freedom of information guidance in the same sections of our website as before.

We will continue to review and improve our website and newsletters throughout 2018 and into the future. If you have any enquiries or general feedback, please get in touch with us.

IC review procedure direction


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The Australian Information Commissioner has issued a written direction under
s 55(2)(e)(i) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 as to certain procedures to be followed in Information
Commissioner (IC) reviews.

The Direction applies to agencies and ministers during IC reviews and preliminary inquiries prior to the commencement of an IC review. The Direction sets out the procedures that agencies and ministers are expected to follow in respect of the production of documents to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), the provision of a statement of reasons where access has been deemed to be refused and the provision of submissions.

The Direction has been published on the
OAIC’s website and takes effect from 26 February 2018.

FOI regulatory action policy – exposure draft


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The OAIC has developed a new policy document that outlines and explains the Australian Information Commissioner’s approach to exercising freedom of information (FOI) regulatory action powers. The policy should be read together with the Guidelines issued by the Australian information Commissioner under s 93A of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI guidelines).

The exposure draft of the policy has been published on the Consultations page on the OAIC’s website. Comments on the readability and accessibility of the policy can be provided to the OAIC by 16 February 2018.

Upcoming events

Privacy as a career

Privacy as a career panel

8 March, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
University of Technology Sydney

Interested in advancing your career in privacy?

Join the OAIC's Deputy Commissioner, Angelene Falk, and an expert panel as they discuss their trajectory into the privacy industry. Hear career tips and more about what it takes to build a career in privacy in both the public and private sectors.

The panel line-up:

Privacy debate

Privacy debate

13 March, 6pm to 7pm
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane


The OAIC is returning to Brisbane in March to co-host a privacy debate with the Institute for Future Environments at QUT.

Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, will provide opening remarks, with the Queensland Privacy Commissioner, Philip Green, taking the role of debate moderator.

The debating teams and topic will be revealed closer to the time. To secure your place at the event, register below.

Key dates

Notifiable Data Breach scheme

Commences 22 February 2018.


Australian Government Agencies Privacy Code

Commences 1 July 2018

OAIC careers


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Join the OAIC team as an Adviser in our Regulation and Strategy branch. The closing date for applications is Sunday 4 February.

For more information about career opportunities, please visit the OAIC careers page.

IC review decisions


The Information Commissioner issued 14 Information Commissioner review decisions in January 2018. All Information Commissioner review decisions are available on the OAIC website.

Celebrate Safer Internet Day on 6 February


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Safer Internet Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the safe and positive use of digital technology, and to explore the role we can all play in creating a better and safer online community.

We are proud to be supporting #SID2018 through our social media channels and we encourage you to do the same! This year's theme is: 'Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you.'

Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner nationally, and is celebrated in 130 countries. Find out how you can be involved on 6 February by visiting the eSafety website.

Notice about a representative complaint

Individuals who were in immigration detention on 31 January 2014, and were affected by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s February 2014 data breach, now have an opportunity to provide information about any loss or damage suffered as a result of the breach.

For more information, please visit the OAIC website.

oaic.gov.au