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Privacy in Australia


Privacy is protected in Australia, and internationally, with a range of laws.

The core privacy principles and rights they set out hold true both for the technology of yesterday, and the technology of tomorrow.

This Privacy Awareness Week (PAW), we are once again putting a spotlight on privacy and the importance of protecting personal information, with a call for people, businesses and other organisations, as well as government agencies, to ‘power up your privacy’.

We run PAW in conjunction with state and territory privacy regulators and the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities forum.

Privacy regulation

Privacy in Australia is regulated at national and state levels

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) mainly deals with issues that are covered by the Privacy Act 1988. 

The Privacy Act is a federal law which does not cover local, state or territory government agencies, except the Norfolk Island administration.

Most Australian states and territories have equivalent legislation which covers their public sector agencies. Some state authorities and instrumentalities are bound by the Privacy Act.

You can find out more about state privacy regulators at the links below. 

State and territory authorities

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