Amendments to the national Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) came into effect on 12 March, 2014.
Does the Privacy Act affect you?
The Act affects:-
- businesses which turnover more than $3 million per annum;
- credit reporting bodies or credit providers;
- health care providers;
- schools and child care centres;
- organisations that buy or sell personal information. For example, entities that sell lists of personal information for marketing purposes to another, or a lobby group that pays another entity to collect information about people’s political preferences; and
- some other entities.
The Act does not apply to businesses who turnover less than $3 million per annum, unless you fall into one of the exceptions noted above.
You can choose to opt in to the Act, if it does not apply to your business.
To see if you have responsibilities under the Act, see here.
What are the changes?
You will need to comply with various changes which primarily aim to make Government agencies and certain private organisations more transparent and open.
Support, information and resources
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner contains resources and information relating to the new privacy changes, to assist applicable organisations comply with the changes. The resources include:-