Australian Privacy Principles - Australian Government

Description

You will be required to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) if you intend to handle or collect personal/sensitive information. Subject to some exceptions, you will be required to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles if you are a:

  • Australian or Norfolk Island Government agency
  • private sector and not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of more than $3 million
  • private health service provider
  • small business.

While the APPs are not prescriptive, each APP entity needs to consider how the principles apply to its own situation. The principles cover:

  • the open and transparent management of personal information including having a privacy policy
  • an individual having the option of transacting anonymously or using a pseudonym where practicable
  • the collection of solicited personal information and receipt of unsolicited personal information including giving notice about collection
  • how personal information can be used and disclosed (including overseas)
  • maintaining the quality of personal information
  • keeping personal information secure
  • right for individuals to access and correct their personal information.

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 is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Privacy Act 1988 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Privacy Regulations 2013 Australian Government

Administering agency

Attorney-General's Department

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Attorney-General's Department

Operating address: Level 3
175 Pitt Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 5218
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Phone: 02 9284 9749
Phone: 1300 363 992
Fax: 02 9284 9666
Email: enquiries@oaic.gov.au
Website: Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (Opens in new window)