Statutory Guidelines on Research - Victoria

Service summary

You will be required to comply with these guidelines if you collect or handle health-related information for research purposes. These guidelines are created under the Health Privacy Principles (HPP) and relate to HPP 1 and 2.

The guidelines relate to the collection, use and disclosure of health information for research or the compilation or analysis of statistics. They set strict requirements that apply in circumstances where it is impractical to use de-identified health information and to seek the individuals consent to the collection, use or disclosure of the information.

The governing legislation regulates and establishes privacy principles and standards for the handling, collection, use, disclosure and access to health information. This includes information that is collected in providing health, mental health, disability, aged care or palliative care services.

Please consult the responsible agency 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

Office of the Health Services Commissioner

Act(s) name

Health Records Act 2001 (Victoria)

Contact details

Office of the Health Services Commissioner


1800 136 066


03 9032 3111


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