Medical Research Guidelines - Australian Government

Service summary

You may be required to comply with these guidelines if you intend to collect, use or disclose health information for the purpose of research, or compilation of statistics, relevant to public health or safety; or the management, funding or monitoring of a health service.

These guidelines are designed to protect the privacy of individuals in the conduct of medical research. If you comply with these guidelines you will be held to be complying with the law, even if your actions are contrary to the Australian Privacy Principles which usually apply.

These guidelines only apply in certain circumstances, for example where it is impracticable to seek consent from the individual involved for the organisation to collect, use or disclose their health information, and also that de-identified information will not achieve the purpose of the research or compilation or analysis of statistics activity. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Attorney-General's Department
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Regulation and Strategy Branch

Act(s) name

Privacy Act 1988 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Privacy Regulations 2006 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries
Attorney-General's Department
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Regulation and Strategy Branch


Operating address:
Level 3
175 Pitt Street
Sydney
New South Wales 2000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 5218
Sydney, New South Wales 2001

Phone:

1300363992

Phone:

02 92849749

Fax:

02 92849666
enquiries@oaic.gov.au

Supporting information

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