Medical Research Guidelines - Australian Government


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 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 AG

Regulation(s) name

Privacy Regulations 2013 AG

Administering agency

Attorney-General's Department

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Regulation and Strategy Branch

Contact details

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Regulation and Strategy Branch

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Attorney-General's Department

Operating address: Level 3
175 Pitt Street
New South Wales 2000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 5218
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Phone: 1300 363 992
Phone: 02 9284 9749
Fax: 02 9284 9666