Privacy Law & Lawyers

Privacy Legislation

The Privacy Act 1988 is the main piece of law pertaining to privacy in Australia. The Privacy Act regulates how your personal information is handled. For example, it covers:

  • how your personal information is collected (e.g. the personal information you provide when you fill in a form)
  • how it is then used and disclosed
  • its accuracy
  • how securely it is kept
  • your general right to access that information.

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The Privacy Act also covers more specific matters, such as:

  • the use of your tax file number
  • how credit worthiness information about you is handled by credit reporting agencies and credit providers.

Sensitive Information and Privacy Law

There are certain types of personal information that are especially important to your privacy, such as your health or medical information. This information is classed as 'sensitive information' under the Privacy Act. The Act has particular provisions that require that sensitive information be managed with particular care.

How does the Privacy Act work?

The principles contained in the Privacy Act are not prescriptive. That is, they don't tell agencies and organisations what they must do in each situation.

Rather, they offer principles about the way in which personal information should be handled, and each agency or organisation needs to apply those principles to its own situation.

If an agency or organisation breaches the privacy principles, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) may investigate the matter. Individuals can also make a privacy complaint to us about an agency or organisation if they think their information has been mishandled.

If you believe you have a matter which involves privacy law, please complete your free legal enquiry form on the left, or click here, to receive legal help regarding privacy law.

Broadly speaking, privacy lawyers can provide assistance in respect of the following privacy law issues:

  • Health
  • Credit and finance
  • Internet, communications and other technologies
  • Direct marketing
  • Identity security
  • Law enforcement and national security
  • Photos and surveillance
  • investigations and investigators
  • Workplace matters
  • Education and child care
  • Tenancy and real estate
  • Youth matters

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Privacy Interference

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)

Please be advised that the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has complaint handling responsibilities under the Privacy Act 1988. Individuals can complain if they believe their privacy has been interfered with by an Australian or ACT government agency, or a private sector organisation covered by the Act. Should you wish to seek legal representation then please complete your free legal enquiry form on the left.

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News, updates and further information - Privacy Law & Lawyers

On 1 November 2010 the Office of the Privacy Commissioner was integrated into the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).

The federal Privacy Act does not regulate state or territory agencies, except for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). For information on privacy regulations in the states and territories please refer to the appropriate state or territory section below.

If you need legal help regarding privacy law, then please complete your free legal enquiry form on the left, or click here.

Australian Capital Territory

The federal Privacy Act in a slightly amended version applies to Australian Capital Territory government agencies and is administered by the Privacy Commissioner on behalf of the ACT government. The Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997 (Health Records Act) covers health records held in the public sector in the ACT and also seeks to apply to acts or practices in the private sector not covered by the Privacy Act. The Health Records Act contains privacy principles based on the federal legislation but modified to suit the requirements of health records. The Human Rights Commission handles health record privacy complaints.

The ACT has also enacted the Human Rights Act 2004 which incorporates a right for an individual not to have their privacy, family, home or correspondence interfered with unlawfully or arbitrarily.

Relevant Australian Capital Territory laws include:

•Privacy Act (1988)
•Australian Capital Territory Government Service (Consequential Provisions) Act 1994
•Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997
•Human Rights Act 2004
•Freedom of Information Act 1989
•Territory Records Act 2002 (public records)
•Human Rights Act 2004 (right to privacy)
•Spent Convictions Act 2000
•Listening Devices Act 1992

Northern Territory

The Information Commissioner for the Northern Territory is the independent authority responsible for overseeing the Freedom of Information (FOI) and privacy provisions of the Northern Territory Information Act 2002 (Information Act).

The Information Act which covers the protection of personal information, record keeping and archive management of information held in the public sector was passed in October 2002 and commenced 1 July 2003. The Information Act incorporates FOI, privacy principles and record and archive management.

Relevant Northern Territory laws include:

•Information Act 2002 (privacy, FOI and public records)
•Criminal Records (Spent Convictions) Act 1992
•Surveillance Devices Act 2007
•Telecommunications (Interception) Northern Territory Act 2001

New South Wales

The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act) deals with how all New South Wales public sector agencies manage personal information. It also sets out the role of the Office of the New South Wales Privacy Commissioner.

While the PPIP Act applies primarily to the New South Wale public sector, it gives the New South Wales Privacy Commissioner the power to investigate and conciliate privacy breaches by organisations and individuals who are not public sector agencies.

The Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act) came into effect on 1 September 2004. It governs the handling of health information in the public sector, and it also seeks to regulate the handling of health information in the private sector in New South Wales. In December 2004 Privacy NSW developed four statutory guidelines under the HRIP Act. These guidelines are legally binding documents that define the scope of particular exemptions in the health privacy principles.

Relevant New South Wales laws include:

•Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998
•Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002
•Freedom of Information Act 1989
•State Records Act 1998
•Criminal Records Act 1991 (Spent Convictions)
•Listening Devices Act 1984
•Workplace Surveillance Act 2005
•Telecommunications (Interception and Access) (New South Wales) Act 1987
•Access to Neighbouring Land Act 2000, esp. s.16 and s.26.
•Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act 2000

If you need legal help regarding privacy law, then please complete your free legal enquiry form on the left, or click here.

Queensland

The Information Privacy Act 2009 regulates the handling of personal information by Queensland government agencies. It contains 11 Information Privacy Principles which set out the way that all Queensland government agencies except Queensland Health are to handle personal information. It also contains nine National Privacy Principles which set out the way that Queensland Health is to handle personal information. Note that some provisions of this legislation are yet to commence. For further information, see the Queensland Office of the Information Commissioner’s website.

Before the commencement of the Information Privacy Act 2009, a privacy scheme applied to Queensland government agencies and most statutory government-owned corporations. The regime, based on the federal Information Privacy Principles, included Information Standards and Privacy Guidelines. To ensure a nationally consistent approach between the Queensland public health sector and private health sectors, the scheme required Queensland Health to comply with principles which were the same as the 10 federal NPPs.

The Queensland Health Quality and Complaints Commission provides an enquiry service and a health complaint system, including privacy-related complaints involving the State public health sector.

Other relevant Queensland laws include:

•Right to Information Act 2009
•Public Records Act 2002
•Criminal Law (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act 1986 (spent convictions)
•Invasion of Privacy Act 1971 (listening devices, invasion of privacy of the home)
•Whistleblowers Protection Act 1994
•Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 (Chapter 4 deals with covert evidence-gathering powers)
•Private Employment Agents (Code of Conduct) Regulation 2005 (provisions 14 and 15 deal with work seekers' information and the need to ensure it is not disclosed or improperly used).
Relevant Queensland case law

•Grosse v Purvis [2003] QDC 151 (16 June 2003).

South Australia

South Australia has issued an administrative instruction requiring its government agencies to generally comply with a set of Information Privacy Principles and has established a privacy committee.

South Australia also has a Code of Fair Information Practice based on the National Privacy Principles. This Code applies to the South Australian Department of Health and its funded service providers and to others with access to the Department’s personal information.

Relevant South Australian laws include:

•Freedom of Information Act 1991
•State Records Act 1997
•Listening and Surveillance Devices Act 1972
•Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1988


Tasmania

In 1997 Tasmania issued Information Privacy Principles based on the federal Privacy Act and recommended the principles to Tasmanian government agencies. These Information Privacy Principles have been superseded by the Personal Information and Protection Act 2004 which came into effect on 5 September 2005. It applies to the public and local government sectors and the University of Tasmania. The Act is administered by the Department of Justice and complaints may be made to the Tasmanian Ombudsman. General information on the Act is hosted on the Department of Premier and Cabinet web site.

Relevant Tasmanian laws include:

•Personal Information Protection Act 2004
•Freedom of Information Act 1991
•Archives Act 1983
•Annulled Convictions Act 2003 (spent convictions)
•Listening Devices Act 1991
•Telecommunications (Interception) Tasmania Act 1999


Victoria

The Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000 (VIP Act) came into effect on 1 September 2002. The VIP Act covers the handling of all personal information except health information in the public sector in Victoria. This Act adopts ten Information Privacy Principles which are similar to the NPPs set out in the federal Privacy Act. The Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner has more information.

The Victorian Health Records Act 2001 (Health Records Act) came into effect from 1 July 2002. This Act covers the handling of all personal information held by health service providers in the State public sector and also seeks to govern acts or practices in the Victorian private health sector. The Health Records Act contains a set of principles adapted from the National Privacy Principles. The Office of the Health Services Commissioner provides more information.

The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 commenced on 1 January 2007 and became fully operational on 1 January 2008. The Charter incorporates a general right to privacy for individuals in addition to other rights, and is administered by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Relevant Victorian laws include:

•Information Privacy Act 2000
•Health Records Act 2000
•Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006
•Freedom of Information Act 1982
•Public Records Act 1973
•Surveillance Devices Act 1999
•Telecommunications (Interception) (State Provisions) Act 1988
Relevant Victorian case law:

•Jane Doe v Australian Broadcasting Corporation [2007] VCC 281 (3 April 2007)

 

Western Australia

The State public sector in Western Australia does not currently have a legislative privacy regime. Various confidentiality provisions cover government agencies and some of the privacy principles are provided for in the Freedom of Information Act 1992. On 28 March 2007 the Information Privacy Bill 2007 was introduced to the WA Parliament.

If enacted, it will establish a set of Information Privacy Principles and regulate the handling of personal information by the public sector and the handling of health information by the public and private sectors. It will also establish an Information and Privacy Commissioner (encompassing the current Information Commissioner) and provide for that Office to be amalgamated with the Office of the Western Australian Ombudsman.

Relevant Western Australian laws include:

•Freedom of Information Act 1992
•Health Services (Conciliation and Review) Act 1995
•State Records Act 2000
•Spent Convictions Act 1988
•Surveillance Devices Act 1998
•Telecommunications (Interception) Western Australia Act 1996


The eleven Information Privacy Principlesas extracted from Section 14 of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth):

Principle 1 - Manner and purpose of collection of personal information
1. Personal information shall not be collected by a collector for inclusion in a record or in a generally available publication unless:

(a) the information is collected for a purpose that is a lawful purpose directly related to a function or activity of the collector; and

(b) the collection of the information is necessary for or directly related to that purpose.

2. Personal information shall not be collected by a collector by unlawful or unfair means.

Principle 2 - Solicitation of personal information from individual concerned
Where:

(a) a collector collects personal information for inclusion in a record or in a generally available publication; and

(b) the information is solicited by the collector from the individual concerned;

the collector shall take such steps (if any) as are, in the circumstances, reasonable to ensure that, before the information is collected or, if that is not practicable, as soon as practicable after the information is collected, the individual concerned is generally aware of:

(c) the purpose for which the information is being collected;

(d) if the collection of the information is authorised or required by or under law - the fact that the collection of the information is so authorised or required; and

(e) any person to whom, or any body or agency to which, it is the collector's usual practice to disclose personal information of the kind so collected, and (if known by the collector) any person to whom, or any body or agency to which, it is the usual practice of that first mentioned person, body or agency to pass on that information.

Principle 3 - Solicitation of personal information generally
Where:

(a) a collector collects personal information for inclusion in a record or in a generally available publication; and

(b) the information is solicited by the collector:

the collector shall take such steps (if any) as are, in the circumstances, reasonable to ensure that, having regard to the purpose for which the information is collected:

(c) the information collected is relevant to that purpose and is up to date and complete; and

(d) the collection of the information does not intrude to an unreasonable extent upon the personal affairs of the individual concerned.

Principle 4 - Storage and security of personal information
A record-keeper who has possession or control of a record that contains personal information shall ensure:

(a) that the record is protected, by such security safeguards as it is reasonable in the circumstances to take, against loss, against unauthorised access, use, modification or disclosure, and against other misuse; and

(b) that if it is necessary for the record to be given to a person in connection with the provision of a service to the record-keeper, everything reasonably within the power of the record-keeper is done to prevent unauthorised use or disclosure of information contained in the record.

Principle 5 - Information relating to records kept by record-keeper
1. A record-keeper who has possession or control of records that contain personal information shall, subject to clause 2 of this Principle, take such steps as are, in the circumstances, reasonable to enable any person to ascertain:

(a) whether the record-keeper has possession or control of any records that contain personal information; and

(b) if the record-keeper has possession or control of a record that contains such information:

(i) the nature of that information;

(ii) the main purposes for which that information is used; and

(iii) the steps that the person should take if the person wishes to obtain access to the record.

2. A record-keeper is not required under clause 1 of this Principle to give a person information if the record-keeper is required or authorised to refuse to give that information to the person under the applicable provisions of any law of the Commonwealth that provides for access by persons to documents.

3. A record-keeper shall maintain a record setting out:

(a) the nature of the records of personal information kept by or on behalf of the record-keeper;

(b) the purpose for which each type of record is kept;

(c) the classes of individuals about whom records are kept;

(d) the period for which each type of record is kept;

(e) the persons who are entitled to have access to personal information contained in the records and the conditions under which they are entitled to have that access; and

(f) the steps that should be taken by persons wishing to obtain access to that information.

4. A record-keeper shall:

(a) make the record maintained under clause 3 of this Principle available for inspection by members of the public; and

(b) give the Commissioner, in the month of June in each year, a copy of the record so maintained.

Principle 6 - Access to records containing personal information
Where a record-keeper has possession or control of a record that contains personal information, the individual concerned shall be entitled to have access to that record, except to the extent that the record-keeper is required or authorised to refuse to provide the individual with access to that record under the applicable provisions of any law of the Commonwealth that provides for access by persons to documents.

Principle 7 - Alteration of records containing personal information
1. A record-keeper who has possession or control of a record that contains personal information shall take such steps (if any), by way of making appropriate corrections, deletions and additions as are, in the circumstances, reasonable to ensure that the record:

(a) is accurate; and

(b) is, having regard to the purpose for which the information was collected or is to be used and to any purpose that is directly related to that purpose, relevant, up to date, complete and not misleading.

2. The obligation imposed on a record-keeper by clause 1 is subject to any applicable limitation in a law of the Commonwealth that provides a right to require the correction or amendment of documents.

3. Where:

(a) the record-keeper of a record containing personal information is not willing to amend that record, by making a correction, deletion or addition, in accordance with a request by the individual concerned; and

(b) no decision or recommendation to the effect that the record should be amended wholly or partly in accordance with that request has been made under the applicable provisions of a law of the Commonwealth;

the record-keeper shall, if so requested by the individual concerned, take such steps (if any) as are reasonable in the circumstances to attach to the record any statement provided by that individual of the correction, deletion or addition sought.

Principle 8 - Record-keeper to check accuracy etc of personal information before use
A record-keeper who has possession or control of a record that contains personal information shall not use that information without taking such steps (if any) as are, in the circumstances, reasonable to ensure that, having regard to the purpose for which the information is proposed to be used, the information is accurate, up to date and complete.

Principle 9 - Personal information to be used only for relevant purposes
A record-keeper who has possession or control of a record that contains personal information shall not use the information except for a purpose to which the information is relevant.

Principle 10 - Limits on use of personal information
1. A record-keeper who has possession or control of a record that contains personal information that was obtained for a particular purpose shall not use the information for any other purpose unless:

(a) the individual concerned has consented to use of the information for that other purpose;

(b) the record-keeper believes on reasonable grounds that use of the information for that other purpose is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the life or health of the individual concerned or another person;

(c) use of the information for that other purpose is required or authorised by or under law;

(d) use of the information for that other purpose is reasonably necessary for enforcement of the criminal law or of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty, or for the protection of the public revenue; or

(e) the purpose for which the information is used is directly related to the purpose for which the information was obtained.

2. Where personal information is used for enforcement of the criminal law or of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty, or for the protection of the public revenue, the record-keeper shall include in the record containing that information a note of that use.

Principle 11 - Limits on disclosure of personal information
1. A record-keeper who has possession or control of a record that contains personal information shall not disclose the information to a person, body or agency (other than the individual concerned) unless:

(a) the individual concerned is reasonably likely to have been aware, or made aware under Principle 2, that information of that kind is usually passed to that person, body or agency;

(b) the individual concerned has consented to the disclosure;

(c) the record-keeper believes on reasonable grounds that the disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the life or health of the individual concerned or of another person;

(d) the disclosure is required or authorised by or under law; or

(e) the disclosure is reasonably necessary for the enforcement of the criminal law or of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty, or for the protection of the public revenue.

2. Where personal information is disclosed for the purposes of enforcement of the criminal law or of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty, or for the purpose of the protection of the public revenue, the record-keeper shall include in the record containing that information a note of the disclosure.

3. A person, body or agency to whom personal information is disclosed under clause 1 of this Principle shall not use or disclose the information for a purpose other than the purpose for which the information was given to the person, body or agency.

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News, updates and further information - Privacy Law & Lawyers

On 1 November 2010 the Office of the Privacy Commissioner was integrated into the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).

The federal Privacy Act does not regulate state or territory agencies, except for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). For information on privacy regulations in the states and territories please refer to the appropriate state or territory section below.

If you need legal help regarding privacy law, then please complete your free legal enquiry form on the left, or click here.

Australian Capital Territory

The federal Privacy Act in a slightly amended version applies to Australian Capital Territory government agencies and is administered by the Privacy Commissioner on behalf of the ACT government. The Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997 (Health Records Act) covers health records held in the public sector in the ACT and also seeks to apply to acts or practices in the private sector not covered by the Privacy Act. The Health Records Act contains privacy principles based on the federal legislation but modified to suit the requirements of health records. The Human Rights Commission handles health record privacy complaints.

The ACT has also enacted the Human Rights Act 2004 which incorporates a right for an individual not to have their privacy, family, home or correspondence interfered with unlawfully or arbitrarily.

Relevant Australian Capital Territory laws include:

•Privacy Act (1988)
•Australian Capital Territory Government Service (Consequential Provisions) Act 1994
•Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997
•Human Rights Act 2004
•Freedom of Information Act 1989
•Territory Records Act 2002 (public records)
•Human Rights Act 2004 (right to privacy)
•Spent Convictions Act 2000
•Listening Devices Act 1992

Northern Territory

The Information Commissioner for the Northern Territory is the independent authority responsible for overseeing the Freedom of Information (FOI) and privacy provisions of the Northern Territory Information Act 2002 (Information Act).

The Information Act which covers the protection of personal information, record keeping and archive management of information held in the public sector was passed in October 2002 and commenced 1 July 2003. The Information Act incorporates FOI, privacy principles and record and archive management.

Relevant Northern Territory laws include:

•Information Act 2002 (privacy, FOI and public records)
•Criminal Records (Spent Convictions) Act 1992
•Surveillance Devices Act 2007
•Telecommunications (Interception) Northern Territory Act 2001

New South Wales

The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act) deals with how all New South Wales public sector agencies manage personal information. It also sets out the role of the Office of the New South Wales Privacy Commissioner.

While the PPIP Act applies primarily to the New South Wale public sector, it gives the New South Wales Privacy Commissioner the power to investigate and conciliate privacy breaches by organisations and individuals who are not public sector agencies.

The Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act) came into effect on 1 September 2004. It governs the handling of health information in the public sector, and it also seeks to regulate the handling of health information in the private sector in New South Wales. In December 2004 Privacy NSW developed four statutory guidelines under the HRIP Act. These guidelines are legally binding documents that define the scope of particular exemptions in the health privacy principles.

Relevant New South Wales laws include:

•Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998
•Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002
•Freedom of Information Act 1989
•State Records Act 1998
•Criminal Records Act 1991 (Spent Convictions)
•Listening Devices Act 1984
•Workplace Surveillance Act 2005
•Telecommunications (Interception and Access) (New South Wales) Act 1987
•Access to Neighbouring Land Act 2000, esp. s.16 and s.26.
•Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act 2000

If you need legal help regarding privacy law, then please complete your free legal enquiry form on the left, or click here.

Queensland

The Information Privacy Act 2009 regulates the handling of personal information by Queensland government agencies. It contains 11 Information Privacy Principles which set out the way that all Queensland government agencies except Queensland Health are to handle personal information. It also contains nine National Privacy Principles which set out the way that Queensland Health is to handle personal information. Note that some provisions of this legislation are yet to commence. For further information, see the Queensland Office of the Information Commissioner’s website.

Before the commencement of the Information Privacy Act 2009, a privacy scheme applied to Queensland government agencies and most statutory government-owned corporations. The regime, based on the federal Information Privacy Principles, included Information Standards and Privacy Guidelines. To ensure a nationally consistent approach between the Queensland public health sector and private health sectors, the scheme required Queensland Health to comply with principles which were the same as the 10 federal NPPs.

The Queensland Health Quality and Complaints Commission provides an enquiry service and a health complaint system, including privacy-related complaints involving the State public health sector.

Other relevant Queensland laws include:

•Right to Information Act 2009
•Public Records Act 2002
•Criminal Law (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act 1986 (spent convictions)
•Invasion of Privacy Act 1971 (listening devices, invasion of privacy of the home)
•Whistleblowers Protection Act 1994
•Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 (Chapter 4 deals with covert evidence-gathering powers)
•Private Employment Agents (Code of Conduct) Regulation 2005 (provisions 14 and 15 deal with work seekers' information and the need to ensure it is not disclosed or improperly used).
Relevant Queensland case law

•Grosse v Purvis [2003] QDC 151 (16 June 2003).

South Australia

South Australia has issued an administrative instruction requiring its government agencies to generally comply with a set of Information Privacy Principles and has established a privacy committee.

South Australia also has a Code of Fair Information Practice based on the National Privacy Principles. This Code applies to the South Australian Department of Health and its funded service providers and to others with access to the Department’s personal information.

Relevant South Australian laws include:

•Freedom of Information Act 1991
•State Records Act 1997
•Listening and Surveillance Devices Act 1972
•Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1988


Tasmania

In 1997 Tasmania issued Information Privacy Principles based on the federal Privacy Act and recommended the principles to Tasmanian government agencies. These Information Privacy Principles have been superseded by the Personal Information and Protection Act 2004 which came into effect on 5 September 2005. It applies to the public and local government sectors and the University of Tasmania. The Act is administered by the Department of Justice and complaints may be made to the Tasmanian Ombudsman. General information on the Act is hosted on the Department of Premier and Cabinet web site.

Relevant Tasmanian laws include:

•Personal Information Protection Act 2004
•Freedom of Information Act 1991
•Archives Act 1983
•Annulled Convictions Act 2003 (spent convictions)
•Listening Devices Act 1991
•Telecommunications (Interception) Tasmania Act 1999


Victoria

The Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000 (VIP Act) came into effect on 1 September 2002. The VIP Act covers the handling of all personal information except health information in the public sector in Victoria. This Act adopts ten Information Privacy Principles which are similar to the NPPs set out in the federal Privacy Act. The Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner has more information.

The Victorian Health Records Act 2001 (Health Records Act) came into effect from 1 July 2002. This Act covers the handling of all personal information held by health service providers in the State public sector and also seeks to govern acts or practices in the Victorian private health sector. The Health Records Act contains a set of principles adapted from the National Privacy Principles. The Office of the Health Services Commissioner provides more information.

The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 commenced on 1 January 2007 and became fully operational on 1 January 2008. The Charter incorporates a general right to privacy for individuals in addition to other rights, and is administered by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Relevant Victorian laws include:

•Information Privacy Act 2000
•Health Records Act 2000
•Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006
•Freedom of Information Act 1982
•Public Records Act 1973
•Surveillance Devices Act 1999
•Telecommunications (Interception) (State Provisions) Act 1988
Relevant Victorian case law:

•Jane Doe v Australian Broadcasting Corporation [2007] VCC 281 (3 April 2007)

 

Western Australia

The State public sector in Western Australia does not currently have a legislative privacy regime. Various confidentiality provisions cover government agencies and some of the privacy principles are provided for in the Freedom of Information Act 1992. On 28 March 2007 the Information Privacy Bill 2007 was introduced to the WA Parliament.

If enacted, it will establish a set of Information Privacy Principles and regulate the handling of personal information by the public sector and the handling of health information by the public and private sectors. It will also establish an Information and Privacy Commissioner (encompassing the current Information Commissioner) and provide for that Office to be amalgamated with the Office of the Western Australian Ombudsman.

Relevant Western Australian laws include:

•Freedom of Information Act 1992
•Health Services (Conciliation and Review) Act 1995
•State Records Act 2000
•Spent Convictions Act 1988
•Surveillance Devices Act 1998
•Telecommunications (Interception) Western Australia Act 1996


The eleven Information Privacy Principlesas extracted from Section 14 of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth):

Principle 1 - Manner and purpose of collection of personal information
1. Personal information shall not be collected by a collector for inclusion in a record or in a generally available publication unless:

(a) the information is collected for a purpose that is a lawful purpose directly related to a function or activity of the collector; and

(b) the collection of the information is necessary for or directly related to that purpose.

2. Personal information shall not be collected by a collector by unlawful or unfair means.

Principle 2 - Solicitation of personal information from individual concerned
Where:

(a) a collector collects personal information for inclusion in a record or in a generally available publication; and

(b) the information is solicited by the collector from the individual concerned;

the collector shall take such steps (if any) as are, in the circumstances, reasonable to ensure that, before the information is collected or, if that is not practicable, as soon as practicable after the information is collected, the individual concerned is generally aware of:

(c) the purpose for which the information is being collected;

(d) if the collection of the information is authorised or required by or under law - the fact that the collection of the information is so authorised or required; and

(e) any person to whom, or any body or agency to which, it is the collector's usual practice to disclose personal information of the kind so collected, and (if known by the collector) any person to whom, or any body or agency to which, it is the usual practice of that first mentioned person, body or agency to pass on that information.

Principle 3 - Solicitation of personal information generally
Where:

(a) a collector collects personal information for inclusion in a record or in a generally available publication; and

(b) the information is solicited by the collector:

the collector shall take such steps (if any) as are, in the circumstances, reasonable to ensure that, having regard to the purpose for which the information is collected:

(c) the information collected is relevant to that purpose and is up to date and complete; and

(d) the collection of the information does not intrude to an unreasonable extent upon the personal affairs of the individual concerned.

Principle 4 - Storage and security of personal information
A record-keeper who has possession or control of a record that contains personal information shall ensure:

(a) that the record is protected, by such security safeguards as it is reasonable in the circumstances to take, against loss, against unauthorised access, use, modification or disclosure, and against other misuse; and

(b) that if it is necessary for the record to be given to a person in connection with the provision of a service to the record-keeper, everything reasonably within the power of the record-keeper is done to prevent unauthorised use or disclosure of information contained in the record.

Principle 5 - Information relating to records kept by record-keeper
1. A record-keeper who has possession or control of records that contain personal information shall, subject to clause 2 of this Principle, take such steps as are, in the circumstances, reasonable to enable any person to ascertain:

(a) whether the record-keeper has possession or control of any records that contain personal information; and

(b) if the record-keeper has possession or control of a record that contains such information:

(i) the nature of that information;

(ii) the main purposes for which that information is used; and

(iii) the steps that the person should take if the person wishes to obtain access to the record.

2. A record-keeper is not required under clause 1 of this Principle to give a person information if the record-keeper is required or authorised to refuse to give that information to the person under the applicable provisions of any law of the Commonwealth that provides for access by persons to documents.

3. A record-keeper shall maintain a record setting out:

(a) the nature of the records of personal information kept by or on behalf of the record-keeper;

(b) the purpose for which each type of record is kept;

(c) the classes of individuals about whom records are kept;

(d) the period for which each type of record is kept;

(e) the persons who are entitled to have access to personal information contained in the records and the conditions under which they are entitled to have that access; and

(f) the steps that should be taken by persons wishing to obtain access to that information.

4. A record-keeper shall:

(a) make the record maintained under clause 3 of this Principle available for inspection by members of the public; and

(b) give the Commissioner, in the month of June in each year, a copy of the record so maintained.

Principle 6 - Access to records containing personal information
Where a record-keeper has possession or control of a record that contains personal information, the individual concerned shall be entitled to have access to that record, except to the extent that the record-keeper is required or authorised to refuse to provide the individual with access to that record under the applicable provisions of any law of the Commonwealth that provides for access by persons to documents.

Principle 7 - Alteration of records containing personal information
1. A record-keeper who has possession or control of a record that contains personal information shall take such steps (if any), by way of making appropriate corrections, deletions and additions as are, in the circumstances, reasonable to ensure that the record:

(a) is accurate; and

(b) is, having regard to the purpose for which the information was collected or is to be used and to any purpose that is directly related to that purpose, relevant, up to date, complete and not misleading.

2. The obligation imposed on a record-keeper by clause 1 is subject to any applicable limitation in a law of the Commonwealth that provides a right to require the correction or amendment of documents.

3. Where:

(a) the record-keeper of a record containing personal information is not willing to amend that record, by making a correction, deletion or addition, in accordance with a request by the individual concerned; and

(b) no decision or recommendation to the effect that the record should be amended wholly or partly in accordance with that request has been made under the applicable provisions of a law of the Commonwealth;

the record-keeper shall, if so requested by the individual concerned, take such steps (if any) as are reasonable in the circumstances to attach to the record any statement provided by that individual of the correction, deletion or addition sought.

Principle 8 - Record-keeper to check accuracy etc of personal information before use
A record-keeper who has possession or control of a record that contains personal information shall not use that information without taking such steps (if any) as are, in the circumstances, reasonable to ensure that, having regard to the purpose for which the information is proposed to be used, the information is accurate, up to date and complete.

Principle 9 - Personal information to be used only for relevant purposes
A record-keeper who has possession or control of a record that contains personal information shall not use the information except for a purpose to which the information is relevant.

Principle 10 - Limits on use of personal information
1. A record-keeper who has possession or control of a record that contains personal information that was obtained for a particular purpose shall not use the information for any other purpose unless:

(a) the individual concerned has consented to use of the information for that other purpose;

(b) the record-keeper believes on reasonable grounds that use of the information for that other purpose is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the life or health of the individual concerned or another person;

(c) use of the information for that other purpose is required or authorised by or under law;

(d) use of the information for that other purpose is reasonably necessary for enforcement of the criminal law or of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty, or for the protection of the public revenue; or

(e) the purpose for which the information is used is directly related to the purpose for which the information was obtained.

2. Where personal information is used for enforcement of the criminal law or of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty, or for the protection of the public revenue, the record-keeper shall include in the record containing that information a note of that use.

Principle 11 - Limits on disclosure of personal information
1. A record-keeper who has possession or control of a record that contains personal information shall not disclose the information to a person, body or agency (other than the individual concerned) unless:

(a) the individual concerned is reasonably likely to have been aware, or made aware under Principle 2, that information of that kind is usually passed to that person, body or agency;

(b) the individual concerned has consented to the disclosure;

(c) the record-keeper believes on reasonable grounds that the disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the life or health of the individual concerned or of another person;

(d) the disclosure is required or authorised by or under law; or

(e) the disclosure is reasonably necessary for the enforcement of the criminal law or of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty, or for the protection of the public revenue.

2. Where personal information is disclosed for the purposes of enforcement of the criminal law or of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty, or for the purpose of the protection of the public revenue, the record-keeper shall include in the record containing that information a note of the disclosure.

3. A person, body or agency to whom personal information is disclosed under clause 1 of this Principle shall not use or disclose the information for a purpose other than the purpose for which the information was given to the person, body or agency.

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Privacy Law & Lawyers Updates

The OAIC will launch a new website this week.

The web address for the OAIC website will not change. This is the final RSS feed from the existing OAIC website. Most pages on the new OAIC website will include a RSS feed. You will need to resubscribe to these RSS feeds to continue to be notified of changes to the OAIC website.

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28 May 2013: Media release: Australians better protected with mandatory data breach notification

Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has welcomed the mandatory data breach notification laws announced by Attorney-General the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP today. The proposed laws commence on 12 March 2014 and require notification of serious data breaches that will result in a real risk of serious harm.

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22 May 2013: Media release: Australia to join the global Open Government Partnership

Australian Information Commissioner has welcomed the announcement today by the Attorney-General that Australia will join the Open Government Partnership

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20 May 2013: Statement: Telstra data breach

Statement from Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim

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20 May 2013: Media release: Take time to protect your privacy during Cyber Security Awareness Week

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9 May 2013: OAIC submission to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority on the Draft Prudential Practice Guide - Managing Data Risk (PPG 235)

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8 May 2013: Media release: Do your favourite websites pass the privacy test?

The OAIC will this week conduct an ‘internet sweep’ of the websites most used by Australians.

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3 May 2013: Media release: Privacy — a year round commitment

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is reminding business and government agencies to focus on privacy all year

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2 May 2013: Several recent OAIC submissions published

1. Senate Inquiry into Military Compensation legislation. 2. App purchases by Australian consumers on mobile and handheld devices Submission to the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council

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2 May 2013: Media release: Know your rights under new privacy laws

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29 April 2013: Media release: Information security is now the major issue affecting consumer privacy

Media release about the launch of the OAIC's new Guide to Information Security: 'Reasonable steps' to protect personal information

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26 April 2013: Media release: Privacy Awareness Week 2013 — Get in on the Act

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is gearing up for its biggest Privacy Awareness Week yet. Kicking off on 29 April, the OAIC is focussing on privacy law reform as the theme for this year's campaign.

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22 April 2013: Consultation draft of Mobile Privacy: A better practice guide for mobile app developers - comments period extended to 13 May 2013

The comments period has been extended until 13 May.

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22 April 2013: OAIC careers - EL1 and APS6 positions in the Regulation and Strategy Branch

Applications close 6 May.

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16 April 2013: Privacy law reform APP-NPP and APP-IPP comparison guides released

These guides provide a comprehensive analysis of the differences between the APPs and the NPPs and IPPs.

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9 April 2013: Consultation: De-identification agency and business resources

The OAIC is seeking comment on consultation drafts of two resources it has developed to provide guidance to agencies, businesses and researchers about why, when and how to de-identify data and information. Comments due by Tuesday 23 April.

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5 April 2013: Statement: Draft Credit Reporting Code of Conduct - public consultation by Australasian Retail Credit Association

Statement about an external organisation's consultation on credit reporting code

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4 April 2013: Consultation draft of Mobile Privacy: A better practice guide for mobile app developers released

The OAIC has developed this guide to help mobile device application (app) developers embed better privacy practices in their products and services. Comments on the draft are due by Wednesday 17 April 2013.

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28 March 2013: FOI guidelines - Parts 2-6, 8 and 10 updated

Note you may need to refresh your screen to see the revised Parts.

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19 March 2013: OAIC careers - Two Assistant Commissioners SES Band 1 for Dispute Resolution and Regulation and Strategy Branches - close 4 April

These are outstanding opportunities for experienced professionals with a sound understanding of the Australian Government's information policy, freedom of information and privacy legislation to help shape the future strategic direction of the operation of the OAIC.

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11 March 2013: Consultation draft of Guidelines for developing (privacy) codes released

The OAIC is seeking comment on a consultation draft of Guidelines for developing (privacy) codes. The purpose of the Guidelines is to assist organisations and agencies to decide whether it is appropriate for them to develop a code, to clarify when the Commissioner will request the development of a code or when the Commissioner will develop a code on his or her own initiative and to outline the matters that will need to be addressed in the development and registration of a code and in relation to reviewing, varying and removing registered codes. Comments on the draft are due by Friday 12 April 2013.

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4 March 2013: Speech - Open public sector information: from principles to practice

Presentation by Australian Information Commissioner John McMillan to 'Opening government data in Australia' seminar convened by NICTA, Canberra 22 February 2013.

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27 February 2013: OAIC supplementary submission to the review of freedom of information legislation

Supplementary submission to the review by Dr Allan Hawke of the Freedom of Information Act and Australian Information Commissioner Act.

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27 February 2013: OAIC submission on ASIC review of the effectiveness of an online database for small amount lenders

Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, makes recommendations to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission's review of the effectiveness of an online database for small amount lenders.

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22 February 2013: Media release: Agencies opening up to the opportunities of public sector information

Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan, today launched a report Open public sector information: from principles to practice.

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22 February 2013: Report: Open public sector information: from principles to practice

The report details the results of a survey conducted by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner on how 191 Australian Government agencies are managing public sector information. The survey was structured around the eight Principles on open public sector information published by the OAIC in 2011.

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11 February 2013: Workplace Privacy Act 2011 (ACT) review - Submission to ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate

Comments from the Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, on the issues raised by the ACT Government's review of the Workplace Privacy Act 2011 (ACT).

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5 February 2013: International mobile roaming: proposed standard - Submission to the Australian Communications and Media Authority

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has made recommendations on the proposed Telecommunications (International Mobile Roaming) Industry Standard 2013 being considered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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29 January 2013: Inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012 - Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs

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25 January 2013: Statement by Australian Privacy Commissioner: Sony PlayStation Network

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25 January 2013: FOI Guidelines: Parts 1,3,9,10,13 and 14 updated

Note you may need to refresh your screen to see the revised Parts. There is also a separate statement, linked from the version table, in relation to the Part 3 amendment that clarifies that a request may be made by one person on behalf of another person or group, or by an organisation (such as a law firm or non-government organisation) on behalf of a client or member.

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25 January 2013: Media release: Australian Privacy Commissioner: 2013 — a big year for privacy

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is advising Australians that 2013 is shaping up to be the biggest year for privacy in over 20 years. In recognition of Data Privacy Day, held on 28 January 2013, Mr Pilgrim is reminding Australians to take steps to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.

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23 January 2013: Privacy law reform frequently asked questions answered on credit repayment history information

Repayment history information is one of the new types of credit-related personal information that credit providers will be permitted to disclose to credit reporting bodies from 12 March 2014. Information about whether an individual has made or missed a consumer credit payment since December 2012 will be able to be disclosed in March 2014. These FAQs assist credit providers in relation to current notification requirements to individuals in relation to repayment history information.

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23 January 2013: National Document Verification Service - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Audit Report 2012

An audit report on how the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade manages document verification requests under the National Document Verification Service including its collection, use, disclosure and security processes in relation to personal information.

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22 January 2013: OAIC quarterly statistics Oct-Dec 2012

Second quarter OAIC stats published

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18 January 2013: OAIC submission re Microsoft blogpost on Notice and Consent in a World of Big Data

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16 January 2013: OAIC quarterly statistics first release July-Sept 2012

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8 January 2013. Department of Immigration and Citizenship responds to Office of the Australian Information Commissioner report into FOI processing delays. .

On 26 September 2012, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) released an investigation report into delays in processing non-routine freedom of information (FOI) requests in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). On 24 December 2012, DIAC provided the OAIC with a response to the report. The OAIC is currently considering DIAC’s response.

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Privacy law reform: Privacy Commisioner requests Australian Retail Credit Association to develop credit reporting code

On 20 December 2012 the Privacy Commissioner, Mr Timothy Pilgrim, excercised this power and made a request to the Australian Retail Credit Association (ARCA). ARCA will have 120 days to develop a CR code and apply to the Commissioner to have that code registered.

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17 December: Submission - Review of freedom of information legislation

The OAIC made a submission to the review of freedom of information legislation being conducted by Dr Allan Hawke AC and made a number of recommendations to improve both the Freedom of Information and Australian Information Commissioner Acts.

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17 December: Correspondence - Changes to Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy

Correspondence from the OAIC to Facebook about these changes.

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13 December: Media release: Privacy Commissioner — Pay your bills to avoid new year credit defaults

The Privacy Commissioner is urging Australians to be aware that if they don’t pay their credit card bills and loans on time, it may impact on their ability to get credit in the future. Recent reforms to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) that received Royal Assent today mean that credit reporting agencies will soon be allowed to collect new kinds of credit-related personal information.

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13 December: Privacy fact sheet 16: Credit reporting - repayment history information

As part of the reforms to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), new kinds of credit-related personal information can be collected about you. This includes whether you have made or missed a consumer credit payment. This new type of information is called ‘repayment history information’.

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11 December: Submission to the National Health and Medical Research Council on Using the National Statement: Ethical Review of Quality Improvement Activities in Health Services

See submission

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6 December: Consultation on a Guide to Information Security: ‘Reasonable steps’ to protect personal information

Comments due by 7 January. The guide is intended for entities, including Australian, ACT and Norfolk Island Government agencies, and private sector organisations that are covered by the Privacy Act. It is also relevant to credit reporting agencies, credit providers and tax file number recipients.

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5 December Speech: Thirty Years of the FOI Act – Service, Overhaul or Refit?

Address by Prof John McMillan, Australian Information Commissioner, to the Australian Corporate Lawyers’ seminar, Canberra, 29 November 2012

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3 December: Submission to Attorney General's Department on the Discussion Paper Australian Privacy Breach Notification

The OAIC supports the introduction of mandatory data breach notification legislation, as current voluntary data breach notification arrangements are insufficient.

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3 December Speech: Effective Information Management – the Keystone of Good Government

Presentation by Prof John McMillan, Australian Information Commissioner, to the 10th World Conference of the International Ombudsman Institute, Wellington, New Zealand, 15 November 2012

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29 November: Privacy law reform - new OAIC webpage

A new webpage has been created on the OAIC website to provide information about the Privacy Act changes that passed through the Australian Parliament today. As further information materials are developed by the OAIC they will be linked from this page.

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29 November Media release: Biggest changes to the Privacy Act in over 20 years passed today

The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012, passed Parliament today, and is due to come into effect in March 2014. The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, says the new laws are an important milestone for privacy in Australia. He is confident the reforms will enhance the protection of peoples’ personal information.

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26 November Media release: 30 years of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 – Office of the Australian Information Commissioner celebrates

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), will host an event tomorrow morning in Canberra to mark 30 years of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). Event program: http://www.oaic.gov.au/news/events/2012_anniversary_program.html Videos to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FOI Act: www.youtube.com/OAICgov Media welcome to attend this event. Media contact: Ms Leila Daniels – 0407 663 968 or media@oaic.gov.au

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19 November - New OAIC video - What types of FOI requests do Australian Government agencies receive? (on YouTube)

New OAIC video published on YouTube

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15 November - Submission: National Gambling Reform Bill 2012

Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform on the National Gambling Reform Bill, suggesting consideration should be given to the effectiveness of its privacy safeguards and how the Privacy Act will apply to personal information being handled under the Bill.

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14 November - Media statement - Correspondence with Microsoft

Copies of correspondence between the Privacy Commissioner and Microsoft regarding changes to the Microsoft Service Agreement are now available.

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13 November - OAIC 30th anniversary program now available

The program for the OAIC's 30th anniversary of the FOI Act event on 27 November at the National Portrait Gallery is now available. Registrations close 15 November.

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12 November - New OAIC video - Top tips for your FOI request (on YouTube).

New OAIC video published on YouTube 'Top tips for your FOI request'.

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12 November - Minutes from Information Advisory Committee meeting

Minutes from the Information Advisory Committee meeting held on 30 July 2012 are now available.

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12 November - Submission on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) (Requirements for authorisation, notifications and revocations) Amendment Determination

Submission to the Attorney-General on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) (Requirements for Authorisation, Notifications and Revocations) Amendment Determination 2012.

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12 November - Submission on the proposed determination under section 183(2) of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act

Submission to the Attorney-General on the proposed determination under s 183(2) of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979.

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9 November - 34th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners: Resolutions

Resolutions adopted at the 34th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners held in Uruguay on 23-24 October are now available

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7 November - Submission to Inquiry into the Freedom of Information Amendment (Parliamentary Budget Office) Bill 2012

The OAIC has made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on their Inquiry into the Freedom of Information Amendment (Parliamentary Budget Office) Bill 2012

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7 November - Submission on the Canadian Access to Information Act

The OAIC made a submission to the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada on the review of the Canadian Access to Information Act.

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5 November - Review of FOI laws - submissions requested by 7 December

Submissions to the review, being conducted by Dr Allan Hawke AC, into the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010, have been requested by 7 December 2012. More information available on Attorney-General's Department website.

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5 November - Regulation of drone technology submission

The OAIC made a submission to the Attorney-General on the regulation of drone technology.

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31 October - Media statement: Dr Allan Hawke to review FOI and AIC Acts

See the statement issued today by the Australian Information Commissioner on the appointment of Dr Allan Hawke AC to conduct an independent review of the FOI and AIC Acts.

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30 October - Personal Information Digests received from agencies

Questions in relation to content in a PID should be directed to the particular agency.

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30 October - Healthcare Identifiers Annual Report 2011-12 published

The Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010 requires the Australian Information Commissioner to prepare an annual report on the Information Commissioner's compliance and enforcement activities under that Act. This is the 2011-12 report.

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25 October - OAIC careers: EL1 Assistant Director, Records Management

Applications close 8 November 2012

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24 October - Submission on Higher Education Support Amendment (Maximum Payment Amounts and Other Measures) Bill 2012

The OAIC made a submission to the inquiry by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment on amendments to the Higher Education Support Act.

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23 October - Submission on Review of Counter Terrorism legislation

The OAIC made a submission to the Council of Australian Governments review of counter-terrorism legislation in Australia.

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23 October - Submission on Migration Amendment (Health Care for Asylum Seekers) Bill

The OAIC submission provides recommendations to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on the inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Health Care for Asylum Seekers) Bill 2012.

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17 October - APPA letter to EU privacy working party re Google privacy policy

On 16 October 2012, the European Union Article 29 Data Protection Working Party released findings and recommendations of an investigation into Google’s privacy policy (more info at http://www.cnil.fr/english/news-and-events/news/article/googles-new-privacy-policy-incomplete-information-and-uncontrolled-combination-of-data-across-ser/). Members of the APPA forum have sent a letter supporting many of the recommendations of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party.

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17 October - Media release: Privacy Commissioner supports the release of mandatory data breach notification discussion paper

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has supported the release of the Government’s discussion paper on mandatory privacy breach notification.

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16 October - Media release: OAIC annual report confirms increase in FOI and privacy activity

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) Annual Report 2011–12 shows a steady increase in workload across the OAIC’s three functions — freedom of information (FOI), privacy and information policy.

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12 October - OAIC 2011-12 Annual Report now available

The OAIC 2011-12 Annual Report was tabled in Parliament today.

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9 October - Media Statement: Google Street View Wi-Fi Collection - additional disks located

New correspondence between Google and the OAIC on the Google Street View Wi-Fi collection in Australia

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5 October - Media Statement: Facebook Timeline

Our Office has asked Facebook questions about the claims that private messages have been appearing on peoples’ Timelines.

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28 September - Upcoming event: Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act

Please join us on the morning of Tuesday 27 November 2012 at the National Portrait Gallery to celebrate this historic event. This is a free event, but places are limited. Registration is essential.

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26 September - Investigation report on processing of non-routine FOI requests by DIAC

Investigation report released on delays in processing of non-routine freedom of information requests by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

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26 September - Media release: Australian Information Commissioner releases report on DIAC FOI processing delays

The Australian Information Commissioner has released an investigation report into delays in processing non-routine freedom of information requests by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

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25 September - ICON meeting presentations added

Audio files and PowerPoint presentations by speakers are now available for the Information Contact Officers Network meeting held on 11 September 2012.

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18 September - Article: 'Access to information forces government to open'

An article by Prof. John McMillan, Australian Information Commissioner provided to 'Legal Affairs' section, The Australian (September 2012). An edited version of this article was published in the 'Legal Affairs' section of The Australian on 7 September 2012.

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18 September - Speech: 'Enabling tomorrow's open government', presentation by Prof. John McMillan

Text of speech given by the Australian Information Commissioner, Prof John McMillan, as part of a panel at the NSW Information Commissioner 'Creating Open Government Conference', 21 August 2012.

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17 September - FOI: Answers to frequently asked questions from the public about freedom of information

Answers to questions frequently asked by the public about the process for requesting access to documents and review rights under the Freedom of Information Act.

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14 September - Inquiry into potential reforms of National Security Legislation - Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (August 2012)

In this submission the OAIC welcomes the focus of the Inquiry on ensuring that the proposals it canvasses contain appropriate safeguards for protecting the human rights and privacy of individuals. The OAIC is also supportive of the Committee giving consideration to ensuring proposals are proportionate responses to any threat to national security, critical infrastructure and law enforcement more generally.

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13 September - Do Not Knock Register Bill 2012 - Submission to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affair (September 2012)

The OAIC supports the creation of a Do Not Knock Register which will give individuals the option of not receiving marketing calls at their home. The establishment of the Register would be an important mechanism to help address community concerns over the intrusiveness of some marketing approaches.

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13 September - Supplementary submission to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs on the Privacy Amendment(Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 – August 2012

This supplementary submission addresses some additional matters arising during the hearing process: 1.cross-border disclosure of personal information and accountability 2.the concept of ‘Australian link’ 3.complaint handling by the Commissioner.

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11 September - Guidance for agency websites: 'Access to information' web page

This guidance updates guidance issued by the Australian Information Commissioner in March 2011, 'Guidance for agency websites' - FOI and IPS compliance with obligations.

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11 September - Agency resource 14: Access to government information - administrative access schemes

This agency resource explains what administrative access is, why it may be beneficial for agencies to release information outside the formal FOI process, and how agencies can set up an administrative access scheme.

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4 September - Supplementary submission to Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on the Privacy Amendment(Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 – August 2012

This supplementary submission addresses some additional matters arising during the hearing process: 1.cross-border disclosure of personal information and accountability 2.the concept of ‘Australian link’ 3.complaint handling by the Commissioner.

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3 September - Consultation on a draft guide to mandatory data breach notification in the eHealth record system

The OAIC is conducting a public consultation on a draft of a guide to mandatory data breach notification under the personally controlled electronic health record system. The draft guide provides general guidance to help entities meet their mandatory data breach notification reporting obligations under the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012. It also aims to assist entities to respond effectively to data breaches. The OAIC is seeking comments on the draft guide from industry groups and individuals with a specific interest or expertise in the eHealth record system, or any other interested parties who may be affected by the guide.

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28 August - Consultation on eHealth record system - OAIC Enforcement Guidelines

The OAIC is conducting a public consultation on a draft of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records System - Enforcement Guidelines for the Information Commissioner 2012.

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27 August - MEDIA RELEASE: Open government reforms create more transparency

Research released by the OAIC confirms that Australian Government agencies are moving closer to an open access and proactive disclosure culture.

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27 August - OAIC careers: APS 5, APS6 and EL1 Merit Review and Investigation Officer positions available

The OAIC has several positions available at the APS 5, APS 6 and EL 1 level for Merit Review and Investigation Officers, based in either Canberra or Sydney.

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27 August - OAIC careers: APS6 and EL1 Merit Review and Investigation Officer positions available

The OAIC has several positions available at both the APS6 and EL1 level for Merit Review and Investigation Officers, based in either Canberra or Sydney.

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24 August - Open public sector information: government in transition - interim observations from the public sector information survey 2012

The OAIC is currently examining how Australian Government agencies manage public sector information (PSI). This interim report notes what agencies are currently doing well, which principles of open PSI they are finding challenging to implement and what assistance they need to meet their obligations.

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17 August - Information Publication Scheme - Survey of Australian Government Agencies Compliance with IPS obligations - Report by ORIMA Research prepared for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

This report contains the results of the first IPS Survey of Australian Government agencies. It was undertaken on behalf of the OAIC in April 2012 by ORIMA Research. This report was prepared by ORIMA and reflects their work and assessment.

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17 August - Healthcare Identifiers Service - Department of Human Services - Audit Report

The purpose of this audit was to assess whether the Healthcare Identifiers Service’s handling of healthcare identifier information is in accordance with the Healthcare Identifiers Act, the Healthcare Identifiers Regulations and the Information Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act.

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15 August - Personal and business information — Third party review rights under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 Consultation paper

The Australian Information Commissioner has issued a consultation paper that provides interim guidance on the operation of the consultation requirements in ss 27 and 27A of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 that apply to the business and personal privacy exemptions (ss 47, 47F, 47G). Comments are invited on the consultation paper by 17 September 2012.

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10 August - Google Street View Wi-Fi Collection - an update

Further correspondence between Google and the OAIC on the Google Street View Wi-Fi collection in Australia

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7 August - Google Street View Wi-Fi Collection

Recent correspondence between Google and the OAIC on the Google Street View Wi-Fi collection in Australia

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7 August - Facebook's data use policy

Recent correspondence from Facebook to the OAIC in response to a submission from the OAIC in May 2012 related to Facebook's data use policy changes

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1 August - (second) OAIC submission on the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012

Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs

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30 July - Privacy Commissioner media statement on AAPT Anonymous hack

Statement from the Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim

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26 July - Privacy Commissioner responds to media claims about Medvet investigation

Letter to the editor of The Australian newspaper from Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim

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25 July - OAIC submission on the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

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23 July - Medvet own motion investigation report (July 2012)

Report on Privacy Commissioner's investigation into release of personal information by Medvet Pty Ltd.

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20 July - Submission to Essential Services Commission on the Draft Report: Smart Meter Privacy Impact Assessment (June 2012)

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20 July - Dell Australia / Epsilon Own motion investigation report

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17 July - Passenger Name Records (PNR data) Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Audit Report

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13 July - OAIC submission to review of Commonwealth financial accountability

Submission to Department of Finance and Deregulation review of Commonwealth financial accountability

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11 July - FOI fact sheet 16: Extensions of time

New FOI fact sheet explaining the process for applying to the OAIC for an extension of time to process a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 1982

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5 July - FOI FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions from agencies and FOI practitioners about access to documents and review rights under the Freedom of Information Act 1982

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01 July - MEDIA RELEASE: Privacy protections now in place for the new eHealth system

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29 June - FOI Guidelines Part 13 - Information Publication Scheme and Part 14 - Disclosure log updated

Key revisions include: Updated information in Part 13 about the OAIC's upcoming IPS compliance review program. Expanded advice in Part 14 about the timing of publication of information on the disclosure log (see paragraphs 14.20-14.27). Notice of statistics that the Information Commissioner will collect from agencies and ministers about disclosure log activity for inclusion in the 2012-13 FOI Annual Report has also been given in Part 14 (see paragraph 14.71).

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29 June - MEDIA RELEASE: Telstra breaches Privacy Act

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim has found Telstra in breach of the Privacy Act after 734,000 Telstra customers' details were made available online in December 2011.

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28 June - Three privacy fact sheets on the privacy complaint process published

Privacy fact sheet 10: What will happen to my complaint? Privacy fact sheet 11: How will the OAIC handle a privacy complaint against my organisation? Privacy fact sheet 12: Conciliation of privacy complaints

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21 June - FOI Agency Resource 11 - Sample FOI notices updated

11 new sample FOI letters added to Agency Resource 11

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21 June - Communiqué from the 37th forum of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities held in Hong Kong on 14-15 June 2012

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14 June - MEDIA RELEASE: Australian Information Commissioner encourages cybersecurity awareness

Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan today encouraged all Australians to take steps to protect their personal information during National Cybersecurity Awareness Week 2012 (12 June to 15 June 2012)...

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14 June - OAIC Careers: Corporate and Public Affairs Officer (APS Level 6)

Ongoing position available at the OAIC ...

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7 June - Media Release: First State Super in breach of Privacy Act

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has found First State Super Trustee Corporation in breach of the Privacy Act after a hacking incident in October 2011 ...

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5 June - Agency resource 13: Freedom of information - Extension of time for processing requests

"Practical guidance for agencies providing an overview of the extension of time provisions in the FOI Act and how to apply to the OAIC for an extension."

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31 May - FOI statistics presentation and dataset released (OAIC Blog)

"The OAIC has released a presentation from FOI Commissioner Dr James Popple about FOI statistics on the OAIC Blog and the accompanying dataset on data.gov.au."

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24 May - Privacy Commissioner opens investigation into Telstra hacking incident

"I have opened an investigation following media reports that some Telstra services have been the subject of a hacking attack, affecting a substantial number of customers' personal information...

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OAIC Careers: Policy positions available

Current positions available at the OAIC

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OAIC Careers: Policy positions available

Current positions available at the OAIC

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FOI Guidelines Parts 2 and 15 revised

Part 2 - Scope of application of the FOI Act v1.2 (9-May-2012)New paragraph about the application of the FOI Act to Commonwealth Parliamentary departments (paragraph 2.5); Part 15 - Reporting v1.2 (10-May-2012)Updated annual report requirements and removal of transitional arrangements for 2010-11

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Two OAIC presentations given during Privacy Awareness Week published

Presentation by the Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan to launch the revised Data Breach Notification Guide at the OAIC's Privacy Awareness Week corporate breakfast on 30 April 2012 and a presentation by the Freedom of Information Commissioner, Dr James Popple at the launch of Information Awareness Month 2012 at the National Library, Canberra on 1 May 2012.

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Privacy Fact Sheets

Three Privacy Fact Sheets were released last week during Privacy Awareness Week 2012. They are: Privacy Fact Sheet 7 - Ten steps to protect other people's personal information; Privacy Fact Sheet 8 - Ten steps to protect your personal information; Privacy Fact Sheet 9 - Guide to internal investigations (the latter to assist organisations to address a privacy complaint made by an individual).

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Two presentations by the Australian Privacy Commissioner

Two presentations delivered by the Privacy Commissioner for Privacy Awareness Week 2012

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4 May - MEDIA RELEASE: Privacy Awareness Week ends on a high note

Privacy Awareness Week 2012 draws to a close today with the Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, saying that the annual campaign of Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) had been a great success.

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2 May - MEDIA RELEASE: New laws to enhance privacy rights

Privacy law reform is a step closer with the announcement today that the Australian Government will introduce amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (the Act) during the Winter sitting of Parliament. Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim said he welcomed the announcement that the changes will include new powers for the Commissioner to enforce privacy laws. The announcement comes during Privacy Awareness Week 2012.

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1 May - MEDIA RELEASE: Young people a priority during Privacy Awareness Week

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has today reminded young people to make good privacy choices to ensure that their social networking behaviour does not come back to bite them in the future.

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1 May - CASE NOTE: A and Financial Institution [2012] AICmrCN 1

Privacy case note: summary of a complaint about a financial institution's use and disclosure of a customer's personal information.

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30 April - MEDIA RELEASE: Business warned to be ready for data breaches

Over 180 business leaders representing some of Australia's largest organisations met today to discuss how to prevent a data breach, and how to respond to one, if or when it occurs. Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim said that there is evidence to suggest that data breaches are on the rise.

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30 April - MEDIA RELEASE: Government agency compliance with FOI Act to be tested

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is commencing work to assess how Australian Government agencies are complying with their Information Publication Scheme obligations under the Freedom of Information Act

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27 April - MEDIA RELEASE: Privacy - It's all about you

Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim reminds all Australians to take care of their personal information during Privacy Awareness Week 2012 (29 April to 5 May 2012)

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FOI Agency Resource 12 - Defining an agency

Release of Agency Resource 12 on defining an agency for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 1982

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20 April - Privacy Awareness Week: Register now for the corporate breakfast launch event Data breach: are you ready? to be held on Monday 30 April in Sydney

Places are fast running out for the corporate breakfast launch event for Privacy Awareness Week on Monday 30 April 2012 in Sydney. Register now and avoid disappointment. You can also become a Privacy Awareness Week Partner. See: http://www.privacyawarenessweek.org/oaic/partner.html

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17 April - Revocation of the Biometrics Institute Privacy Code

Following a request from the Biometrics Institute and public consultation the Australian Privacy Commissioner has revoked the approval of the Biometrics Institute Privacy Code. The revocation instrument was registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments on 16 April 2012 and took effect from 17 April 2012. The instrument and explanatory statement are available at: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2012L00869

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12 April - Careers: APS 6, APS 5 and APS 4 positions available

Careers: APS 6 Merit Review and Investigation Officer, APS 5 Assistant Merit Review and Investigation Officer and APS 4 Enquiries Officer positions available

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27 March - MEDIA RELEASE: Australian Information Commissioner releases FOI charges review findings

The Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan, has released his report to the Attorney-General proposing changes to the way charges are imposed for giving access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The report is available at http://www.oaic.gov.au/publications/reports.html#other_reports. A blog post by the Commissioner about the report is available at: http://oaic.govspace.gov.au/2012/03/27/foi-charges-review-released/

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26 March - New Agency Resource: Sample FOI notices

This series of sample FOI notices has been developed to help agencies and ministers comply with their obligations under the FOI Act

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26 March - Updated Tax File Number fact sheet

Note that the OAIC's privacy fact sheet on handling tax file numbers has been updated to take account of recent amendments to the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 and the Retirement Savings Accounts Regulations 1997 and to clarify a few other matters

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13 March - Fair Work Act Review; Supplementary Submission to the Fair Work Act Review Panel

Short letter supplementary submission to the Fair Work Act Review Panel re: Privacy Act employee exemption

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6 March - Publication of a speech by the Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, on Privacy law reform: challenges and opportunities

The speech was given at the Emerging Challenges in Privacy Law Conference, 23 February 2012

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2 March - Google Privacy Policy: Letter from APPA TWG and Google response

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24 February - FOI Fact Sheet 15: Freedom of information and Norfolk Island

The OAIC has published a new fact sheet in relation to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Norfolk Island administration

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22 February - Proposed revocation of the Biometrics Institute Privacy Code: Consultation paper

The OAIC has released a consultation paper on the proposed revocation of the Biometrics Institute Privacy Code. Comments are sought by 21 March 2012

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22 February - Fair Work Act Review; Submission to the Fair Work Act Review Panel

Submission now available

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6 February - Airport Body Scanning : correction of article 'New 'no scan, no fly' law' by Linda Silmalis, Sunday Telegraph

Linda Silmalis' article (New 'no scan, no fly' law, Sunday Telegraph, 5/2/2011) incorrectly states that the Privacy Commissioner has 'approved' the body scanning technology to be introduced at Australian airports. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) provided advice to the Office of Transport Security on the privacy implications of the body scanning technology, under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that has now concluded. The MOU recognised the independence of the OAIC in providing that advice. However, I did not have a role in approving this project as part of the provision of that advice.

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1 February - Privacy Commissioner opens an investigation into alleged hacking of Fairfax's Herald Education website

Statement from Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim - I have opened an investigation into allegations that the Herald Education website may have been subject to hacking, compromising the personal information of some subscribers. My investigation will be looking at the site's compliance with the Privacy Act and in particular whether appropriate data security practices were in place at the time of the alleged hack. I strongly encourage businesses to make the security of their customer's personal information a top priority, particularly in the light of an increased number of similar security breaches in 2011.

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25 January - OAIC submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs into their Inquiry into the provisions of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Bill 2011

The OAIC strongly supports introducing enabling legislation to accompany the PCEHR System. Ensuring that this legislation appropriately protects individuals' personal information is fundamental to establishing and maintaining public confidence in the system.

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25 January - MEDIA RELEASE - Back to school: Who knows what you did this summer?

Students heading back to the classroom for 2012 are being reminded to review their social media privacy settings to make them as strong as possible. The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, sends this reminder to coincide with Data Privacy Day 2012.

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25 January - MEDIA RELEASE - Customer privacy more important than ever in 2012

Organisations gearing up for the year ahead should make sure their privacy practices are up to date and customers' personal information is secure to avoid embarrassing privacy breaches in 2012. To coincide with Data Privacy Day, on 28 January, the Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, reminds businesses to review their privacy practices and make sure that staff returning from holidays understand their privacy obligations.

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19 January - Careers: EL 1 and APS level 6 positions available.

Careers: EL 1 Legal Officer and APS 6 Compliance Officer positions available.

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12 January - Media statement: ANZ eStatement update

Media statement from Australian Privacy Commissioner - update on the ANZ eStatement matter

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12 January - Careers: Positions available

Careers: APS level 5 and 6 positions available.

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20 December: New tax file number (TFN) guidelines registered

New tax file number guidelines were registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments on 20 December 2011. The TFN Guidelines, issued under s 17 of the Privacy Act 1988, regulate the collection, storage, use, disclosure, security and disposal of individual's TFN information. The TFN Guidelines replace the previous Tax File Number Guidelines 1992. These new guidelines result from a review conducted this year by the OAIC (for information on the review see: http://www.oaic.gov.au/news/consultations.html#review_of_the_TFN). A comprehensive fact sheet on TFNs has also been released today at: http://www.oaic.gov.au/publications/privacy_fact_sheets/privacy_fact_sheet6_TFN_guide_2011.html)

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16 December Consultation: Review of data-matching guidelines

In 1998, the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner published 'The use of data matching in Commonwealth administration: Guidelines'. These are voluntary guidelines regarding the conduct of data-matching activities for administrative purposes by Australian Government agencies. The OAIC is currently reviewing the Guidelines. As part of the review, the OAIC has produced draft revised Guidelines (proposed to be retitled Guidelines for Data-matching in Australian Government Administration). To assist the public in considering the draft revised Guidelines and preparing comments, the OAIC has also issued a consultation paper in relation to the review. The OAIC welcomes comments on the draft revised Guidelines by 10 February 2012.

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15 December: Submission: Review of the Integrated Public Number Database

Submission by the Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy on their discussion paper on the review of the Integrated Public Number Database

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15 December: Privacy Own Motion Investigation Report released

The Privacy Own Motion Investigation Report into an allegation that the Professional Services Review Agency holds Medicare Benefits Program and Pharmaceutical Benefits Program claims information within the same database has been released today. This is the published report. A statement about the closing of the investigation was issued on 16 September 2011 (at: http://www.oaic.gov.au/news/statements/statement_investigation_into_professional_services_review_concludes.html)

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12 December: Privacy Determination - 'D' and Wentworthville Leagues Club

Privacy Determination under s 52 of the Privacy Act 1988 by the Australian Privacy Commissioner

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12 December: Privacy Commissioner opens investigation into Telstra customer accounts data breach

Statement from Australian Privacy Commissioner

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7 December Privacy PID - Collection of Family, Social and Medical Histories registered

Privacy Public Interest Determinations 12 and 12A on the collection of family, social and medical histories were registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments today. They will have effect from 11 December 2011 when the current determinations expire. They have affect for 5 years.

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6 December: Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) Communiqué from the 36th forum held in Melbourne, Australia on 12 December 2011

Communiqué from the 36th APPA forum held in Melbourne, Australia on 12 December 2011

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6 December: Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) media release: People care about privacy on social networking sites: Survey by international privacy commissioners

A recent online survey conducted by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) forum has revealed that contrary to popular assumptions people do care about their privacy on social networking sites.In May 2011, the APPA forum encouraged its members to run an online survey to find out how people used social networking sites, and whether they thought online privacy was important. More than 10,000 people responded to the survey, most of them from Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Korea. The results have just been released at the APPA meeting in Melbourne.

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2 December: MEDIA RELEASE: Freedom of information annual report charts progress in open government reforms

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 Annual Report 2010-2011, a joint report of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and the Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information is now available.

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18 November: Submission: Statutory Cause of Action - Issues Paper - A Commonwealth statutory cause of action for serious invasion of privacy; Submission to the Attorney-General's Department (November 2011)

The OAIC has released its submission to the Australian Government's Issues Paper on a Commonwealth statutory cause of action for serious invasion of privacy.

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15 November Inaugural OAIC Information Policy Conference: Public Sector Information: A National Resource

Information experts from public and private sectors are gathering today at the OAIC's inaugural conference in Canberra to share ideas and insights on the future direction of government information policy. The 2011 Information Policy Conference is being held to mark the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner's first year of operation. Opened by the Hon Brendan O'Connor, Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information, the conference will be considering public sector information as a national resource and how it can be made available for community access and use. Participants are discussing barriers to proactive publication and considering how technology can facilitate information management and exchange, while also protecting the personal information held by government.

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15 November A Guide to the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

The OAIC has released a guide to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 that provides a broad perspective on FOI, placing it within the information policy landscape. It provides a detailed history of the Act and its operation in Australia and charts the progress towards the 2010 reforms and beyond. The guide is designed for a wide audience, in and outside government. It is particularly aimed at assisting senior leaders in government to maintain a lasting commitment to open government.

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15 November Information Policy Issues Paper 2 Understanding the Value of Public Sector Information in Australia

The OAIC today published a new Issues Paper, Understanding the Value of Public Sector Information in Australia. The paper explores ways of valuing public sector information (PSI) and assessing the impact of publication. It suggests that both government agencies and reusers of PSI complete a survey on the publication and reuse of PSI. The responses to this survey will help the OAIC develop a methodology for valuing PSI, as recommended by the Gov 2.0 taskforce. The OAIC welcomes submissions by 31 January 2012.

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31 October OAIC Annual Report 2010-11

OAIC Annual Report 2010-11 now available.

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31 October: Consultation: Review of charges under the Freedom of Information Act 1982

As part of the review, the OAIC has released a discussion paper which sets out; the scope of the review, the background to the charging framework, the current charging regime under the FOI Act, a snapshot of the estimated costs of processing FOI requests and fees and charges collected and an overview of charging practices in other Australian and overseas jurisdictions. Submissions by 21 November 2011.

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26 October: 2010-11 Annual Report on the compliance and enforcement activities under the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010

This report is made under Section 30(1) of the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010 which requires the Australian Information Commissioner to prepare an annual report on the Commissioner's compliance and enforcement activities under the Healthcare Identifiers Act.

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25 October Freedom of Information Guidelines - Part 8 formally issued - Decisions on freedom of information requests

The Information Commissioner has issued Part 8 of the FOI guidelines on agency decision making on FOI requests. This Part outlines; the principles of good decision making under the FOI Act, the types of decisions that can be made on requests for access to documents, when and how to prepare a statement of reasons, the timeframes for making a decision, deemed decisions, release of documents to an applicant, public access to information released to an applicant, protections where access is given.

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21 October Consultation: Application for a Public Interest Determination from UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide

The application concerns 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 has been 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. A consultation paper has been published. Comments due by 25 November 2011

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20 October Consultation: Application for a Public Interest Determination Collection of Family, Social and Medical Histories

The application concerns the collection by health service providers of third party health information that is relevant to a patient's family or social medical histories, without the third party's consent. A consultation paper has been published. Comments due by 11 November 2011

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12 October FOI Disclosure Log Determination Registered

The effect of this determination under s11C(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 is that agencies and Ministers are not required to publish information prescribed by the determination, in their disclosure log. The determination applies to: information in a document that was an exempt document at the time that access was given by the agency or Minister to the applicant under s 11A of the Act, and information in a document that the agency or Minister would have decided was an exempt document at the time that access was given to the applicant under s 11A of the Act, if the request for that document had been received from a person other than the applicant. The determination has effect from 17 October 2011.

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7 October Announcement of a review of Freedom of Information charges

Announcement by the Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information of a review of Freedom of Information charges to be conducted by the OAIC. Statement from Professor John McMillan, Australian Information Commissioner

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29 September Information Advisory Committee announcement of members

Information Advisory Committee announcement of members (29 September 2011) Statement from Professor John McMillan, Australian Information Commissioner

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29 September New FOI agency resources issued

New FOI agency resources issued

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29 September Media Release: Sony Report finalised

MEDIA RELEASE: Australian Privacy Commissioner concludes Sony investigation

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21 September - Careers: positions available

Careers: positions available

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8 September - Registration open for 2011 Information Policy Conference

Public Sector Information: A National Resource - 15 November 2011, National Convention Centre, Canberra

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16 August - New credit provider determinations

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has today announced the making of three new credit provider determinations covering Assignees, Classes of Credit Providers and Indigenous Business Australia.

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15 August - Submission: Draft National Rail Safety Law 2011

Submission by Prof. John McMillan to the National Transport Commission on the Draft National Rail Safety Law 2011

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15 August - Consultation: Tax File Number Guidelines review

The OAIC is seeking your views on its draft revised Tax File Number (TFN) Guidelines. The TFN Guidelines protect individuals' privacy by restricting the use of TFN information. Closing date for comments is 15 September 2011.

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04 August Careers: positions available

04 August Careers: positions available

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29 July FOI Review Decision: Carver and Fair Work Ombudsman

Freedom of Information: Request for access to documents relating to an investigation under the APS Code of Conduct - Whether documents conditionally exempt from release - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 47C, 47E, 47F - Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 11A(5)

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27 July - Consultation: Draft Disclosure Log Determination

The OAIC has released for public comment, draft Disclosure Log Determination No 1 exempt documents. The Information Commissioner proposes to make this determination under s 11C(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth). The effect of this determination would be that agencies and Ministers would not be required to publish information prescribed by the determination, in their disclosure log.

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22 July - FOI Guidelines Part 3 - Processing requests for access

Part 3 of the FOI Guidelines, on processing requests for access to documents, has been issued by the Australian Information Commissioner.

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13 July - Submission on draft PCEHR Concept of Operations

Submission to the Department of Health and Ageing on the draft Person Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) Concept of Operations

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These news come from Latest News & Events - Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

The OAIC will launch a new website this week.

The web address for the OAIC website will not change. This is the final RSS feed from the existing OAIC website. Most pages on the new OAIC website will include a RSS feed. You will need to resubscribe to these RSS feeds to continue to be notified of changes to the OAIC website.

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FOI review decision: Diamond and Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority [2013] AICmr 57 (22 May 2013)

Whether material maintained for reference purposes that is otherwise publicly available - Request involving use of computers; Public interest conditional exemption - Commonwealth-State relations — Whether disclosure of documents would cause damage to relations between Commonwealth and State - Public interest test - ss 4(1), 11A(5), 11B, 17, 47B

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FOI review decision: Rudd and Civil Aviation Safety Authority [2013] AICmr 56 (13 May 2013)

Legal professional privilege - Whether documents subject to legal professional privilege s 42

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FOI review decision: 'AG' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2013] AICmr 55 (26 April 2013)

Request for access to documents - Whether giving access would disclose material obtained in confidence - Personal privacy exemption - Whether documents conditionally exempt from release - Whether contrary to public interest to conditionally release exempt documents ss 11A(5), 11B, 45, 47F

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FOI review decision: 'AF' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2013] AICmr 54 (26 April 2013)

Legal professional privilege - Whether material obtained in confidence - Whether documents contain deliberative matter - Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable ss 42, 45, 47C, 47F

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FOI review decision: 'AE' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2013] AICmr 53 (26 April 2013)

Amendment of personal records - Date of birth - Whether a record of date of birth should be amended ss 48, 50

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FOI review decision: Upper Dumaresq Action Group and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2013] AICmr 47 (18 April 2013)

Whether material obtained in confidence - Public interest conditional exemption - Business ss 45, 47G

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FOI review decision: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and Department of Health and Ageing [2013] AICmr 52 (24 April 2013)

Charges - Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charge s 29

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FOI review decisions: 'AC' and Department of Health and Ageing [2013] AICmr 50 and 'AD' and Civil Aviation Safety Authority [2013] AICmr 51 (24 April 2013)

Scope of review of access grant decision - Public interest conditional exemption - Business - Whether documents affecting business affairs conditionally exempt from release - Whether adverse effect of release unreasonable ss 11A(5), 11B, 27, 27A, 47, 47F, 47G, 53B, 54M

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FOI review decision: Philip Morris Ltd and Department of Health and Ageing [2013] AICmr 49 (22 April 2013)

Request for access to categories of documents concerning tobacco regulation - Whether dealing with request would be a substantial and unreasonable diversion of resources s 24, 24AA, 24AB

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FOI review decision: 'AB' and Australian Securities and Investments Commission [2013] AICmr 48 (22 April 2013)

Disclosure of financial information to Minister required by statute - Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable - Whether disclosure contrary to public interest s 47F, 11A(5)

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FOI review decision: 'AA' and Bureau of Meteorology [2013] AICmr 46 (18 April 2013)

International relations of the Commonwealth — Whether disclosure would, or could reasonably be expected to, cause damage to the international relations of the Commonwealth s 33(a)(iii)

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FOI review decision: Wake and Australian Broadcasting Corporation [2013] AICmr 45 (15 April 2013)

Documents affecting international relations — Whether disclosure would, or could reasonably be expected to, cause damage to the international relations of the Commonwealth. Refusal of access to documents — Whether reasonable steps taken to find documents. ss 33(a)(iii), 24A(1)

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FOI review decisions: 'Z' and Australian Securities and Investments Commission [2013] AICmr 43 and 'Z' and Department of the Treasury [2013] AICmr 44

Disclosure of financial information to Minister required by statute – Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable — whether disclosure contrary to public interest ss 47F, 11A(5)

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FOI review decision: 'Y' and Civil Aviation Safety Authority [2013] AICmr 42 (12 April 2013)

Request for access to documents relating to an investigation by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority — Certain operations of agencies — Whether disclosure would have a substantial adverse effect on the proper and efficient conduct of the operations of an agency — Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable ss 47E, 47F

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FOI review decision: Hamden and Department of Human Services [2013] AICmr 41 (12 April 2013)

Legal Professional Privilege — Whether documents subject to legal professional privilege, and if so, whether privilege waived s 42

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FOI review decision: 'X' and Australian Federal Police [2013] AICmr 40 (9 April 2013)

National Security Hotline report — Documents affecting the enforcement of law and protection of public safety s 37

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FOI review decision: 'W' and the Australian Federal Police [2013] AICmr 39 (8 April 2013)

Documents affecting national security, defence or international relations. Documents affecting enforcement of law and protection of public safety — Prejudice to law enforcement methods and procedures. Personal privacy exemption — Certain operations of agencies — Whether documents conditionally exempt from release ss 33(b), 37(2)(b), 11A(5), 47E, 47F

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FOI review decision: Hothnyang and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2013] AICmr 38 (8 April 2013)

Amendment of personal records — Whether a record of date of birth should be amended ss 48, 50

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FOI review decision:'V' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2013] AICmr 37 (3 April 2013)

Amendment of personal records — Whether the information on the Department's record is incorrect — Whether it should be amended ss 48, 50, 55D

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Vexatious applicant declaration: Commonwealth Ombudsman and 'S' [2013] AICmr 31 (27 March 2013)

Freedom of information — Vexatious applicant declaration — Whether respondent should be declared a vexatious applicant — Whether respondent has repeatedly engaged in access actions that involve an abuse of process – Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 89K, 89L

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FOI review decision: O'Sullivan and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [2013] AICmr 36 (28 March 2013)

Request for access to documents — Whether giving access would disclose information that would reasonably be regarded as irrelevant to the request — Documents affecting international relations — Documents affecting personal privacy — Whether disclosure of personal information of a third party is unreasonable — Documents affecting business affairs ss 22, 33, 47F, 47G

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FOI review decision: 'U' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2013] AICmr 35 (28 March 2013)

Amendment of personal records — Whether a record of date of birth should be amended ss 48, 50

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FOI review decision:Dreamsafe Recycling Pty Ltd and Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations [2013] AICmr 34 (27 March 2013)

Request for access to document — Whether documents contain deliberative matter —Whether documents unreasonably affect business affairs — Whether documents conditionally exempt from release — Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents ss 22, 47C, 47G

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FOI review decision: 'T' and Australian Securities and Investments Commission [2013] AICmr 33 (27 March 2013)

Practical refusal decision — Whether work involved in processing FOI request would substantially and unreasonably divert agency resources — Failure to follow ‘request consultation process’ ss 24, 24AA, 24AB

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FOI review decision: Watson and the Australian Federal Police [2013] AICmr 32 (27 March 2013)

Documents affecting international relations — Whether disclosure of documents would, or could reasonably be expected to, cause damage to the international relations of the Commonwealth — Whether disclosure of documents would divulge any information communicated in confidence by an authority of a foreign government ss 22, 33, 54U, 55ZB

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FOI review decision: 'R' and Department of Veteran's Affairs [2013] AICmr 30 (22 March 2013)

Public interest conditional exemption — Certain operations of agencies — Whether disclosure would have a substantial adverse effect on the proper and efficient conduct of the operations of an agency — Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt document ss 11A(5), 47E(d)

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FOI review decision: 'Q' and Department of Health and Ageing [2013] AICmr 29 (22 March 2013)

Public interest conditional exemption — Business — Whether documents conditionally exempt from release ss 11A(5), 47G

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FOI review decision: Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Australian Sports Commission [2013] AICmr 28 (20 March 2013)

Material obtained in confidence — Whether documents contain deliberative matter — Whether disclosure of personal information would be unreasonable — Whether documents affecting business affairs conditionally exempt from release — whether adverse effect of release unreasonable — Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents ss 11A(5), 47C, 47F, 47G

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FOI review decision: 'O' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2013] AICmr 27 (15 March 2013)

Freedom of information - Amendment of personal records — Whether the information on the Department's record is incorrect ss 48, 50

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FOI review decision: 'N' and the Bureau of Meteorology [2013] AICmr 26 (14 March 2013)

Freedom of information - Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable, Public interest test — Personal information relating to a third party s 47F ss 11A(5), 11B

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FOI review decision: Heffernan and Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation [2013] AICmr 25 (13 March 2013)

Freedom of information - Refusal of access to documents - Documents cannot be found - Whether reasonable steps taken to find documents ss 24A(1), 55G

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FOI review decision: 'M' and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry [2013] AICmr 24 (13 March 2013)

Freedom of information - Public interest conditional exemption - business - whether disclosure could harm the business, commercial or financial affairs of an organisation where it cannot be identified ss 29(5)(a), 29(5)(b)

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FOI review decision: 'L' and Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry [2013] AICmr 23 (13 March 2013)

Freedom of information - Public interest conditional exemption — business — whether disclosure could harm the business, commercial or financial affairs of an organisation where it cannot be identified s 47G

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FOI review decision: 'K' and Australian Securities and Investments Commission [2013] AICmr 22 (13 March 2013)

Freedom of information - Public interest conditional exemption - Business s 47G

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FOI review decision: 'J' and Department of Health and Ageing [2013] AICmr 21 (8 March 2013)

Freedom of information - Request for access to documents - Whether giving access would disclose information that would reasonably be regarded as irrelevant to the request - Whether disclosure would have a substantial adverse effect on the management or assessment of personnel - Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable - Whether documents conditionally exempt from release - Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents ss 11A(5), 22, 47E(c), 47F

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FOI review decision: ACP Magazines Ltd and IP Australia [2013] AICmr 20 (7 March 2013)

Freedom of information - Whether material obtained in confidence s 45

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FOI review decision: Besser and Department of Infrastructure and Transport [2013] AICmr 19 (6 March 2013)

Freedom of information - Request for access to documents - Whether documents contain deliberative matter - Certain operations of agencies - Whether disclosure would have a substantial adverse effect on the proper and efficient conduct of the operations of an agency - Whether documents conditionally exempt from release ss 11A(5), 22, 47C and 47E

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FOI review decision: 'I' and Attorney-General's Department [2013] AICmr 18 (1 March 2013)

Freedom of information - Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable ss 11A(5), 47F, 55G

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FOI review decision: 'H' and Attorney-General's Department [2013] AICmr 17 (1 March 2013)

Freedom of information - Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable ss 11A(5), 47F, 55G

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FOI review decision: 'G' and Department of Human Services [2013] AICmr 16 (28 February 2013)

Freedom of information - Refusal of access to documents - Whether reasonable steps taken to find documents s 24A(1)

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FOI review decision: 'F' and Department of Defence [2013] AICmr 15 (28 February 2013)

Freedom of information - Refusal of access to documents - Whether reasonable steps taken to find documents s 24A(1)

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FOI review decision: 'E' and Department of Health and Ageing [2013] AICmr 14 (28 February 2013)

Freedom of information - Whether giving access would disclose information that would reasonably be regarded as irrelevant to the request - Request for information about identity and qualifications of clinical assessor - Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable ss 22, 47F(1)

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FOI review decision: 'D' and Civil Aviation Safety Authority [2013] AICmr 13 (28 February 2013)

Freedom of information - Documents disclosing commercially valuable information - Operations Manual s 47

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FOI review decision: Besser and Attorney-General's Department [2013] AICmr 12 (25 February 2013)

Freedom of information - Whether documents affect the enforcement of the law - Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable - Whether edited copy of document can be provided ss 37, 47F, 22

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FOI review decision: Fletcher and Prime Minister of Australia [2013] AICmr 11 (22 February 2013)

Freedom of information - Whether diary entries relating to meetings with cross-bench members of Parliament are official documents of a Minister s 4(1) - Whether work involved in processing FOI request would substantially and unreasonably interfere with the performance of Prime Minister's functions ss 24, 24AA

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FOI review decision: Davies and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet [2013] AICmr 10 (22 February 2013)

Freedom of information - Practical refusal decision - Whether work involved in processing FOI request would substantially and unreasonably divert agency resources or interfere with performance of Prime Minister's functions - Access to Prime Ministerial diaries ss 24, 24AA

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FOI review decision: 'B' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2013] AICmr 9 (18 February 2013)

Freedom of Information - Whether material obtained in confidence s 45

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FOI review decision: 'C' and Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry [2013] AICmr 8 (18 February 2013)

Freedom of Information - Request for access to the result of a secret ballot - Whether edited version of document conditionally exempt from release - Whether edited version is reasonable ss 22, 47E, 47F

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FOI review decision: 'A' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2013] AICmr 7 (8 February 2013)

Freedom of Information - Amendment of personal records - Whether a record of date of birth should be amended - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 48, 50

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FOI review decision: 'Z' and Department of Defence [2013] AICmr 6 (30 January 2013)

Freedom of Information - Request for access to documents relating to an investigation under the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 - Whether documents conditionally exempt from release - Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents ss 11A(5), 22, 47E(c), 47F

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FOI review decision: Dorling and Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism [2013] AICmr 5 (30 January 2013)

Freedom of Information - Charges - Whether an agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charge s 29(5)(b)

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FOI review decision: 'Y' and Airservices Australia [2013] AICmr 4 (23 January 2013)

Freedom of Information - Refusal of access to documents - Whether reasonable steps taken to find documents s 24A(1)

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FOI review decision: 'X' and Australian Research Council [2013] AICmr 3 (23 January 2013)

Freedom of Information - Refusal of access to documents - Whether reasonable steps taken to find documents s 24A(1)

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Vexatious applicant declaration: Department of Defence and 'W' [2013] AICmr 2 (17 January 2013)

Freedom of Information - Vexatious applicant declaration - Whether applicant should be declared a vexatious applicant - Whether applicant has repeatedly engaged in access actions that involve an abuse of process - ss 89K, 89L, 89M

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FOI review decision: 'V' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2013] AICmr 1 (3 January 2013)

Freedom of Information — Amendment of personal records — Whether a record of date of birth should be amended ss 48,50

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FOI review decision: 'U' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2012] AICmr 36 (24 December 2012)

Freedom of Information — Amendment of personal records — Whether a record of date of birth should be amended ss 48,50

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FOI review decision: 'T' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2012] AICmr 35 (24 December 2012)

Freedom of Information — Amendment of personal records — Whether a record of date of birth should be amended ss 48,50

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FOI review decision: McKinnon and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2012] AICmr 34 (21 December 2012)

Freedom of Information — Request that matter be referred to AAT without conducting IC review — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 54W; Request that an IC review hearing be held s 55B; Requirement that submissions be exchanged in IC review s 55(4)(b); Exempt information — Documents disclosing trade secrets or commercially valuable information s 47; Public interest conditional exemption — business s 47G

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Privacy determination: 'S' and Veda Advantage Information Services and Solutions Ltd [2012] AICmr 33 (20 December 2012)

Privacy Act - Credit reporting - (CTH) Privacy Act 1988 s 52 - s 18G(a) - accurate, up to date, complete and not misleading - s 18R(1) - misleading credit report - non-economic loss - assessment of damages measured by statute, assisted by rules in tort - aggravated damages not awarded

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FOI review decision:'R' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2012] AICmr 32 (27 November 2012)

Whether reasonable steps taken to find documents; Public interest conditional exemption — personal information

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FOI review decision:Parnell and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet [2012] AICmr 31 (22 November 2012)

Whether documents contain personal information; Whether letter to Prime Minister from a former Prime Minister is an official document of a Minister.

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FOI review decision: 'Q' and Department of Human Services [2012] AICmr 30 (21 November 2012)

Personal information relating to a third party — Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable – Public interest test

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FOI review decision: 'P' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2012] AICmr 29 (20 November 2012)

Freedom of information - Amendment of personal records - Whether a record of date of birth should be amended - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 48, 50

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FOI review decision: Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia and Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs [2012] AICmr 28 (12 November 2012)

Freedom of information - Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 47F; Freedom of information - Public interest test - Personal information relating to a third party - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 11A(5), 11B

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FOI review decision: 'O' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2012] AICmr 27 (6 November 2012)

Freedom of information - Amendment of personal records - Whether a record of date of birth should be amended - Weight to put on a copy document when original document not provided - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 48, 50, 55D

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FOI review decision: 'N' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2012] AICmr 26 (31 October 2012)

Freedom of information - Amendment of personal records — Whether a record of date of birth should be amended - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 48, 50, 55D

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FOI review decision: Doney and Department of Finance and Deregulation [2012] AICmr 25 (16 October 2012)

Freedom of information - Legal professional privilege - Whether legal professional privilege waived (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 42. Agreement between IC review parties - Whether agreement relates to part of an IC review application or all of it - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 55F

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FOI review decision: McBeth and Australian Agency for International Development [2012] AICmr 24 (20 September 2012)

Charges — Whether charge has been wrongly assessed — Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charge.

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FOI review decision: 'M' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2012] AICmr 23 (18 September 2012)

Catchwords: Freedom of information - amendment and annotation of personal records - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 48, 50, 55D.

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FOI review decision: Briggs and the Department of the Treasury (No. 3) [2012] AICmr 22 (20 August 2012)

Catchwords: Freedom of information — Request for access to documents — Cabinet documents —Whether documents submitted to the Cabinet for its consideration or proposed by a Minister to be so submitted — Whether documents brought into existence for the dominant purpose of submission for consideration by the Cabinet — Whether documents are drafts of documents to which ss 34(1)(a), (b) or (c) apply — Whether documents contain information the disclosure of which would reveal a Cabinet deliberation or decision that has not been officially disclosed — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 34; Freedom of information — Request for access to documents — Whether documents contain deliberative matter — Whether disclosure would have a substantial adverse effect on the financial or property interests of the Commonwealth — Whether documents conditionally exempt from release — Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 11A(5), 47C, 47D

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FOI review decision: 'L' and Australian Human Rights Commission [2012] AICmr 21 (15 August 2012)

Freedom of information — Certain operations of agencies — Whether disclosure would have a substantial adverse effect on the proper and efficient conduct of the operations of an agency — Whether documents conditionally exempt from release — Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 11A(5), 47E(d)

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FOI review decision: 'K' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2012] AICmr 20 (7 August 2012)

Freedom of Information - Amendment of personal records - Whether a record of date of birth should be amended when it has been shown to be incorrect but an alternative date has not been shown to be correct - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 48, 50)

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FOI review decision: British American Tobacco Australia Ltd and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2012] AICmr 19 (30 July 2012)

Freedom of Information - Request for access to documents - Whether giving access would disclose information that would reasonably be regarded as irrelevant to the request (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 22; Freedom of Information - Request for access to documents - Whether documents contain deliberative matter - Whether disclosure would have a substantial adverse effect on the proper and efficient conduct of the operations of an agency - Whether documents conditionally exempt from release - Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 11A(5), 47C, 47E(d)

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FOI review decision: Briggs and Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (No. 2) [2012] AICmr 18 (25 June 2012)

Freedom of Information Charges Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charge (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 29(5)(b)

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FOI review decision: Briggs and Department of the Treasury (No. 2) [2012] AICmr 17 (15 June 2012)

Freedom of Information Charges Request for access to draft versions of a public document Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charge (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 29(5)(b)

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FOI review decision: 'J' and Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education [2012] AICmr 16 (14 June 2012)

Freedom of Information Charges Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charge (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 29(5)(b)

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FOI review decision: Fletcher and Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (No. 2) [2012] AICmr 15 (16 May 2012)

Freedom of Information Charges Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charge (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 29(5)(b)

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FOI review decision: Fletcher and Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy [2012] AICmr 14 (16 May 2012)

Freedom of Information Charges Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charge (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 29(5)(b)

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FOI review decision: Besser and Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education [2012] AICmr 13 (30 April 2012)

Freedom of Information Charges Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charge (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 29(5)(b)

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FOI review decision: 'I' and and Australian National University [2012] AICmr 12 (26 April 2012)

Freedom of Information Documents affecting enforcement of law and protection of public safety (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 37; Freedom of Information Public interest conditional exemptions personal information (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 47F

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FOI review decision: Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Commonwealth Ombudsman [2012] AICmr 11 (26 April 2012)

Freedom of information Request for access to documents relating to an investigation by the Commonwealth Ombudsman Whether material obtained in confidence Whether documents exempt from release (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 45 (CTH) Ombudsman Act 1976 ss 8, 35; Freedom of information Request for access to documents relating to an investigation by the Commonwealth Ombudsman Whether disclosure would have a substantial adverse effect on the proper and efficient conduct of the operations of an agency Whether documents conditionally exempt from release Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 11A(5), 47E(d) (CTH) Ombudsman Act 1976 ss 5, 8, 35

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FOI review decision: 'H' and and Australian Broadcasting Corporation [2012] AICmr 10 (30 March 2012)

Freedom of Information Refusal of access to documents Whether reasonable steps taken to find documents (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 24A(1)

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FOI review decision: 'G' and and Australian Taxation Office [2012] AICmr 9 (29 March 2012)

Freedom of Information Refusal of access to documents Whether reasonable steps taken to find documents (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 24A(1)

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F and Australian Broadcasting Corporation [2012] AICmr 8 (7 March 2012)

Freedom of Information Policy documents of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Whether documents are in relation to the ABC's program material Freedom of Information Act 1982 (CTH) s 7(2); Schedule 2, Part II

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Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd and Australian Broadcasting Corporation [2012] AICmr 7 (7 March 2012)

Freedom of Information Documents dealing with salaries of Australian Broadcasting Corporation program makers Whether documents are in relation to the ABC's program material Freedom of Information Act 1982 (CTH) s 7(2); Schedule 2, Part II

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Public Interest Determinations 13 and 13A - Disclosure and collection of personal information to improve outcomes for children and young people at risk of serious harm

These Public Interest Determinations concern 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, that resulted in these determinations, sought to enable implementation of the South Australian Information Sharing Guidelines for Promoting the Safety and Wellbeing of Children.

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FOI Review decision: Briggs and Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy [2012] AICmr 6

Freedom of Information - Charges - Whether the giving of access to a document is in the general public interest or in the interest of a substantial section of the public - Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charge (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 29(5)(b)

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FOI Review decision: Briggs and Department of the Treasury [2012] AICmr 5

Catchwords: Freedom of Information - Charges - Whether the giving of access to a document is in the general public interest or in the interest of a substantial section of the public - Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charge (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 29(5)(b)

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FOI Review decision: Internode Pty Ltd and NBN Co Ltd [2012] AICmr 4

Catchwords: Freedom of information - Commercial activities - Whether documents are in respect of commercial activities of NBN Co - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 7(2), (3A), 4; Schedule 2, Part II

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FOI Review decision: 'E' and National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority [2012] AICmr 3

Catchwords: Freedom of information - Whether documents affecting business affairs conditionally exempt from release - Whether adverse effect of release unreasonable - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 47G

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FOI Review decision: Smith and Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy [2012] AICmr 2

Catchwords: Freedom of information - Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charge - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 29(5)(b)

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FOI Review decision: Fletcher and Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy [2012] AICmr 1

Catchwords: Freedom of information - Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charge - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 29(5)(b)

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FOI Review decision: Washington and Australian Prudential Regulation Authority [2011] AICmr 11

Catchwords: Freedom of information - Request for access to risk registers maintained by regulator - whether documents conditionally exempt from release - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 47J

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FOI Review decision: Parnell and Prime Minister of Australia (No 2) [2011] AICmr 12

Catchwords: Freedom of information - Whether documents relating to meetings arranged for the Prime Minister at the time of an Australian Labor Party annual conference are official documents (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 4(1)

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FOI Review decision: Parnell and Prime Minister of Australia [2011] AICmr 10

Catchwords: Freedom of information - Whether letter to Prime Minister from a political organisation is an official document of a Minister (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 4(1)

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12 December: Privacy Determination - 'D' and Wentworthville Leagues Club

Privacy Determination under s 52 of the Privacy Act 1988 by the Australian Privacy Commissioner

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7 December Privacy PID - Collection of Family, Social and Medical Histories registered

Privacy Public Interest Determinations 12 and 12A on the collection of family, social and medical histories were registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments on 7 December 2011. They will have effect from 11 December 2011 when the current determinations expire. They have affect for 5 years.

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Baljurda Comprehensive Consulting Pty Ltd and the Australian Agency for International Development [2011] AICmr 8 (18 November 2011)

Catchwords: Freedom of Information - Charges - Whether agency should exercise discretion to reduce or not impose charges - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 29(5)

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'C' and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2011] AICmr 7 (22 September 2011) PDF

Catchwords: Freedom of Information Travel and visa information relating to a third party Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 47F Freedom of Information Public interest test Personal information relating to a third party Whether relationship between applicant and third party relevant (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 11A(5), 11B

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'B' and Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General [2011] AICmr 6 (9 August 2011)

Freedom of Information: Request for access to documents - Whether document of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General 'relates to matters of an administrative nature' - Documents concerning appointments to the Order of Australia - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 6A

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Carver and Fair Work Ombudsman [2011] AICmr 5 (27 July 2011)

Freedom of Information: Request for access to documents relating to an investigation under the APS Code of Conduct - Whether documents conditionally exempt from release - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 47C, 47E, 47F - Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents - (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 11A(5)

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'A' and Department of Health and Ageing [2011] AICmr 4 (15 June 2011)

Freedom of Information Documents to which secrecy provisions of enactments apply (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 38 Freedom of Information Whether Information Commissioner can exercise discretion to disclose protected information (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 38(1A), 55K, 55L (CTH) Aged Care Act 1997 s 86 3

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Parnell and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport [2011] AICmr 3 (11 April 2011)

Catchwords: Official documents of a Minister Whether personal references can be official documents of a Minister (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 4(1) Refusal of access to documents Whether reasonable steps taken to find a document (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 24A(1)

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Besser and Department of Infrastructure and Transport [2011] AICmr 2 (17 March 2011)

Catchwords: Freedom of Information Charges Whether the giving of access to a document is in the general public interest or in the interest of a substantial section of the public (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 29(5)(b)

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Crowe and NBN Co Ltd [2011] AICmr 1 (25 January 2011)

Catchwords: Freedom of information Whether respondent falls within definition of 'prescribed authority' (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 4(1)

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These news come from Decisions - Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

The OAIC will launch a new website this week.

The web address for the OAIC website will not change. This is the final RSS feed from the existing OAIC website. Most pages on the new OAIC website will include a RSS feed. You will need to resubscribe to these RSS feeds to continue to be notified of changes to the OAIC website.

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15 May 2013:Privacy Act 1988 s 6EA(3) Opt-in Register update

Design Paraplanning added

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15 May 2013:OAIC 2013-14 Budget statement

The OAIC 2013-14 Budget statements are located on AGD's website. This page contains direct links to the statement

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14 May 2013:OAIC Records management policy

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9 May 2013:OAIC submission to the Senate inquiry into charging fees for silent numbers

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3 May 2013: OAIC statistics 2012-13 as at 31 March 2013

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2 May 2013: MoU between the Department of Health and Ageing and the Office of the Australian Privacy Commissioner

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16 April 2013: Correspondence from Google re Google Play and Wallet published

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11 April2013: Updated FOI and Privacy delegations under section 25 of the AIC Act published

New delegations to take account of internal restructure

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20 March 2013: Consultation on the Legislative Package for the Unique Student Identifier Submission to the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education - February 2013

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19 March 2013: OAIC privacy policy updated

The OAIC has updated its privacy policy - both condensed and complete versions.

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19 March 2013: Senate file list order; OAIC files July-Dec 2012

List of OAIC administrative files for the period 1 July to 31 December 2012

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6 March 2013: New organisational chart

OAIC organisational chart effective from 4 March 2013

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6 March 2013: IAC members list updated

Member, Ms Su McCluskey, added

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26 February 2013: Two recent speeches by Australian Information Commission, Prof John McMillan, published

Restoring the ADJR Act in federal judicial review (4 Dec 2012) and Valuing Public Sector Information (10 Oct 2012)

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22 February 2013: Concluding letter from OAIC on changes to Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy

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15 February 2013: Further correspondence on changes to Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy

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11 February 2013: Update of the membership list of the Information Advisory Committee

Membership list updated

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7 February 2013: Privacy Act 1988 s 6EA(3) Opt-in Register update

Simply Honest Pty Ltd and Specialised Endorsed Training and Licensing (SETL) added to the Privacy Opt-in register

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31 January 2013: Further correspondence on changes to Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy

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8 January 2013: OAIC Internal complaint handling and reconsideration of decisions policy

The OAIC has released a policy on internal complaint handling and reconsideration of decisions. This document replaces part 18 of the Privacy complaints practice and procedure manual and incorporates references to the OAIC's freedom of information jurisdiction as well as its privacy jurisdiction

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8 January 2013: OAIC Service Charter

The OAIC has released a Service Charter which sets out the standard of service you can expect from us, explains how you can assist us to help you, and provides an opportunity for you to comment on our performance.

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11 December: Privacy Act 1988 s 6EA(3) Opt-in Register update

Freightcare added

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5 December: Submission to the Attorney-General's Department on Proposed regulations under the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill

Submission made in September 2012

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3 December: Public holidays and agency shut-down periods - Calculating timeframes under the Freedom of Information Act 1982

Updated guidance

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3 December: Privacy Act 1988 s 6EA(3) Opt-in Register updates

Hinterland Business Centre Inc added

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29 November: Several OAIC submissions published

Four recent OAIC submissions were published today. They were to Senate inquiries on Aviation Accident investigations and the DLA Piper Report, to the ALRC copyright inquiry and on the UK ICO's Draft Anonymisation code of practice.

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28 November: Privacy Act 1988 s 6EA(3) Opt-in Register updates

Several corrections have been made to the Privacy Opt-in Register including adding Digistorm Education Pty Ltd and BnT Consulting and Leapfish

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6 November: FOI statistics (2011-12) Agency comments added

2011-12 Agency comments have now been added to the full FOI statistics report released in October. These comments are added by agencies to their annual returns to the OAIC and they help: 1) explain significant differences in statistical returns from the previous year; 2) allow agencies to comment on the operation of the FOI Act generally and 3) allow a free text description of 'other costs'. They are found at the last tab in the report.

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30 October: Memorandum of understanding between the Australian Information Commissioner and the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

This MOU is intended to facilitate the exercise of the Information Commissioner's information gathering powers where documents are claimed to be exempt under s 33 of the FOI Act (documents affecting national security, defence or international relations), and ensure that clear and systematic procedures are in place to facilitate the giving of evidence by the Inspector-General to the Information Commissioner in these circumstances.

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24 October: Privacy Act 1988 s 6EA(3) Opt-in Register update

Giving Gifts Pty Ltd has been added to the OAIC's Privacy Act 'Opt-in' Register.

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17 October: Revision to the Guide to the quarterly and annual FOI Act statistical returns to the OAIC

Minor revision to note that agency comments will in future be automatically published with the full dataset at the end of each financial year.

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17 October: OAIC submission to Productivity Commission on Strengthening trans-Tasman economic relations – a joint study

Submission now available

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9 October: Submissions to the OAIC's eHealth consultations available

Submissions received by the OAIC to its consultations on the eHealth record system guide to mandatory data breach notification and enforcement guidelines are available on the consultations page of our website.

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12 September: Revision to the Guide to the quarterly and annual FOI Act statistical returns to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

This Guide has been updated to add a new question 7A in relation to the use of disclosure logs and some other minor improvements.

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5 September: Senate file list - 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012

List of OAIC administrative files for the period 1 January to 30 June 2012

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10 August: Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record System (PCEHR): Proposals for Regulations and Rules; Submission to the Department of Health and Ageing

This submission, made to the Department in April 2012, is now available

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31 July: Updated OAIC organisational chart

Updated OAIC organisational chart as at 26 July 2012

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27 July: Three submissions now available

Copies of OAIC submissions made earlier this year on body scanning legislation, data collection from higher education providers and proposals for strengthening trans-Tasman economic relations now available.

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10 July: Information Advisory Committee meeting minutes

Minutes from the first two Information Advisory Committee meetings, held on 6 December 2011 and 3 May 2012, have been published

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10 July: FOI and IPS authorisations and delegations

Copies of freedom of information delegations under the AIC Act, authorisations under the FOI Act and IPS authorisations under the FOI Act have been added to the OAIC's IPS entry.

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10 July: FOI triage - IC review checklist and EOT process

Freedom of information triage - checklist for Information Commissioner reviews and process for extension of time requests followed by staff in assessing requests have been added to the OAIC's IPS entry.

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Privacy Act 1988 s 6EA(3) Opt-in Register update

Business Administration Support Specialists and SMS Response (Australia) Pty Ltd have been added to the OAIC's Privacy Act 'Opt-in' Register.

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The OAIC's Privacy Performance Assessment Charter and Manual

These document provide the framework for the conduct of Privacy Performance Assessments by the Compliance Branch of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and the procedures used by the Compliance Branch to undertake those assessments.

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Privacy Audit Reports

These are two privacy audit reports which were finalised in Dec 2009 and Jan 2010 but which have not been previously published due to an oversight. Note that privacy audit reports completed since 1 November 2010 are published at: http://www.oaic.gov.au/publications/reports.html#audit_reports

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2012-13 OAIC Budget

Links to our budget statements for 2012-13

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Submission on the Independent Review of Australian Government Environmental Information Activity Discussion Paper

A submission to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

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Guide to the quarterly and annual FOI Act statistical returns

The guide has been updated with minor amendments - mainly in relation to adding a new response to Question 8C. As well a HTML version of the main part of the guide has been created.

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Privacy Act 1988 s6EA(3) Opt-in Register update

Alpha Private Pty Ltd has been added to the OAIC's Privacy Act 'Opt-in' Register.

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OAIC submission to The Treasury on the Discussion Paper on Charitable Fundraising Regulation Reform (April 2012)

See submission

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Privacy Advisory Committee meeting reports for the meetings held in July 2011 and January 2012

These are summary reports of the last two meetings of the Privacy Advisory Committee

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Submission to Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee on National Health Reform Amendment (Independent Hospital Pricing Authority) Bill 2011

This is a submission made in September 2011 that was not published on our website although it has been available since September from the Senate Committee's website at: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=fapa_ctte/ind_hospital_pricing_authority/submissions.htm

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Submission to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee inquiry into the Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Screening) Bill 2012

see the linked submission

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This is a copy of a letter from the Information Commissioner to Australian Government agency heads in relation to Information Publication Scheme compliance activity by the OAIC

A copy of a letter sent by the Australian Information Commissioner to the head of Australian Government agencies subject to the FOI Act. The letter outlines some upcoming compliance activities which will commence in late April and early May 2012 in relation to the Information Publication Scheme.

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Updated financial delegations

The OAIC's financial delegations have been updated to take account of organisational structure changes

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Redaction and Freedom of Information

The OAIC has released advice for government agencies on redaction and freedom of information

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Privacy Act 1988 s6EA(3) Opt-in Register update

'artFIDO Pty Ltd' has been added to the OAIC's Privacy Act 'Opt-in' Register.

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Privacy Act 1988 s6EA(3) Opt-in Register update

'Pixel Perfection Pty Ltd' has been added to the OAIC's Privacy Act 'Opt-in' Register.

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Privacy Act 1988 s6EA(3) Opt-in Register update

'Position Marketing' has been added to the OAIC's Privacy Act 'Opt-in' Register. Section 6EA of the Privacy Act 1988 allows small business operators, who would otherwise not be covered by the Act, to choose to be treated as an organisation for the purposes of the Act and therefore subject to the National Privacy Principles. Businesses opting-in to be covered by the Privacy Act are making a public commitment to good privacy practice.

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OAIC Organisational Chart as at 24 February 2012

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Latest OAIC file and contracts lists published pursuant to standing Senate orders

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Privacy Case Notes - 13 new privacy case notes published

Our privacy case notes are summaries of finalised privacy complaints that involve interpretation of the Privacy Act 1988 or associated legislation in new circumstances, illustrate systemic issues or illustrate the application of the law to a particular industry or subject area. These case notes will now also be published on AustLII under a new citation AICmrCN (Australian Information Commissioner Case Notes). This citation is separate from the decisions citation 'AICmr' under which Privacy Act s 52 determinations are published. The previous AustLII citation of PrivCmrA has been discontinued. Both the AICmr and AICmrCN series include freedom of information matters.

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Privacy Fact Sheet - Digital photocopiers: inadvertent collection and storage of personal information

This fact sheet is for Australian Government agencies and private sector organisations that are covered by the Privacy Act 1988 and that use digital photocopiers or multi-function printers that incorporate digital scanning technology.

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Public holidays and agency shut-down periods - Calculating timeframes under the Freedom of Information Act 1982

Information to help Australian Government agencies calculate when a freedom of information request processing period commences and ends during holiday and shut-down periods.

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2 December: Freedom of Information Act 1982 Annual Report 2010-11 published

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 Annual Report 2010-11, a joint report of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and the Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information is now available.

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25 October Freedom of Information Guidelines - Part 8 formally issued - Decisions on freedom of information requests

The Information Commissioner has issued Part 8 of the FOI guidelines on agency decision making on FOI requests. This Part outlines; the principles of good decision making under the FOI Act, the types of decisions that can be made on requests for access to documents, when and how to prepare a statement of reasons, the timeframes for making a decision, deemed decisions, release of documents to an applicant, public access to information released to an applicant, protections where access is given. As well as the issuing of Part 8, the Information Commissioner has also issued revised Parts 1 to 5 of the FOI Guidelines (minor amendments only). Other revised Parts will be issued in the near future.

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5 September - OAIC's Enterprise Agreement 2011-2014

The OAIC's new enterprise agreement for 2011 - 2014 has been approved by Fair Work Australia and operates from 24 August 2011. This agreement sets outs the current terms and conditions for employees of the OAIC.

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23 August - OAIC's Senate Government Contracts Order listing for year ending 30 June 2011

Under a Senate order each Australian Government agency is required to list contracts worth $100,000 or more on their website. This is the OAIC's list for the 12 months to 30 June 2011.

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18 August - OAIC's Senate File List for Jan - June 2011

Under a Senate order government agencies are required to list the names of files created every 6 months (with some exceptions). This is the OAIC's list for the 6 motnhs to 30 June 2011.

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16 August - New credit provider determinations

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has announced the making of three new credit provider determinations covering Assignees, Classes of Credit Providers and Indigenous Business Australia. These determinations allow certain entities to be 'credit providers' for the purposes of the Privacy Act. By being granted 'credit provider' status, an entity is able to undertake credit reporting activities, including accessing credit reports, listing overdue payments and serious credit infringements, updating existing default listings and correcting previously reported information.

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15 August - Consultation: Tax File Number Guidelines review

The OAIC is seeking your views on its draft revised Tax File Number (TFN) Guidelines. The TFN Guidelines protect individuals' privacy by restricting the use of TFN information. Closing date for comments is 15 September 2011.

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OAIC Organisational Chart updated

The OAIC has updated its published organisational chart.

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27 July - Consultation: Draft Disclosure Log Determination

The OAIC has released for public comment, draft Disclosure Log Determination No 1 exempt documents. The Information Commissioner proposes to make this determination under s 11C(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth). The effect of this determination would be that agencies and Ministers would not be required to publish information prescribed by the determination, in their disclosure log.

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FOI Guidelines Part 3 - Processing requests for access

Part 3 of the FOI Guidelines, on processing requests for access to documents, has been issued by the Australian Information Commissioner.

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Minor amendment to Privacy Complaint Handling manual

A minor amendment to the second paragraph of Section 41(2)(b) of Part 13 of the manual (The respondent has not had an adequate opportunity to deal with the matter) has been made.

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07 June - OAIC Strategic Plan 2011

OAIC Strategic Plan 2011 - 2014 is now available online

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Principles on open public sector information

The Principles on open public sector information were released on 25 May 2011. The Principles will be applied by the OAIC in its role of monitoring compliance by Australian Government agencies with the publication objectives of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

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2011-12 Budget

The OAIC's 2011-12 budget (PBS) released

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OAIC Agency Plan

The OAIC's finalised agency IPS plan (April 2011)

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Organisational chart

The OAIC's organistaional chart (April 2011)

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Statutory appointments

The OAIC's statutory appointments (April 2011)

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Have you been in a car accident?

If you have been involved in a car accident, then the chances are that you could be entitled to claim compensation. It is important you seek legal advice immediately following are car accident as there are stringent time limits that apply to the making of CTP claims.

If you have suffered a personal injury in a car accident, either as a:  driver, passenger, cyclist, motor cycle rider or pedestrian, you could be entitled to claim compensation, whether you have minor soft tissue injuries, whiplash, broken limbs, head injuries or far more serious injuries. It is important you obtain sound legal advice without any delay. Enquire today to find out what compensation you could be entitled to.

To find out what compensation entitlements you could receive for your injuries please complete our no obligation, FREE Online legal Enquiry Form

Car accidents happen every day. If you have been affected from a road related incident, the chances are you could be entitled to claim a compensation payout. You should seek legal advice immediately. even if you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident you could still be eligible to claim compensation. Please complete your free legal enquiry form to find out more.

There are time limits that apply to CTP claims and it is important to seek legal advice immediately to ensure that your rights entitlements are protected.

Have you been involved in an accident with uninsured vehicle?

If so then you could be Eligible to claim compensation against the nominal defendant.

It is important to seek legal advice immediately. - please complete your free legal enquiry form to be put in contact with a lawyer who can help you with your claim.

If you have been injured in a Road related accident either as a driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorcyclist or cyclist, you could be entitled to claim a significant compensation payout. You should seek legal advice immediately to find out what you could be entitled to claim.

Legal advice for family law matters

Do you need legal advice regarding family law? If so, please complete your free legal enquiry form. Going through a separation and divorce can be a difficult time for those involved and that's why the process needs to run as smoothly as possible. It is therefore important that proper legal advice be obtained from a qualified legal practitioner practising family law who can help you and give you the legal advice you need to guide you through your difficult situation and ensure that the matter is dealt with as fairly as possible. Please complete your free legal enquiry form to find out more.

Car Accident Compensation

Have you been in a car accident? where you a driver, rider, passenger or pedestrian? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, then you could be entitled to claim a significant compensation payout. To find out more please complete your free legal enquiry form.

 

Cyclist Accidents and Injuries

Quite often cyclists are not given proper care and attention by other road users. This can result in accidents occurring between car, trucks and other motor vehicles with bicycle riders. Motorists often fail to give way to cyclists therby causing an accident with the cyclist.

If you are a cyclist who has been involved in an accident, then the chances are you could be entitled to receive a significant compensation payout from the CTP insurer of the driver that caused the accident.

To find out more, please complete your free legal enquiry form.

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