We have developed advice and guidance on privacy and freedom of information in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak for individuals, Australian Government agencies and organisations covered by the Privacy Act 1988.

Privacy guidance

Privacy advice and guidance issued during the COVID-19 outbreak includes:

Regulatory coordination

  • The OAIC and state and territory privacy regulators have convened a National COVID-19 Privacy Team to respond to personal information handling proposals with national implications
  • We’ve joined with international regulators through the Global Privacy Assembly to issue a statement of support for public bodies and health practitioners to be able to communicate directly with people to tackle the outbreak
  • Australian and New Zealand Information Access Commissioners have joined their international counterparts to call for documentation, preservation and access to information as governments, businesses and citizens deal with the pandemic

Freedom of information guidance

  • We acknowledge that the impact of the coronavirus may affect the ability of agencies to meet statutory timeframes for processing freedom of information requests and recommend agencies consider a range of measures to help meet these obligations
  • We have developed FAQs for applicants about access to information issues related to COVID-19

For more advice on the COVID-19 pandemic from Australian Government agencies please visit australia.gov.au

Employers and workers can find more information at fairwork.gov.au and safeworkaustralia.gov.au

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