OAIC Privacy Commission
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is headed by the Australian Information Commissioner.
The Information Commissioner is supported by the Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioners for Dispute Resolution and Regulation and Strategy, and OAIC staff.
The Office is committed to helping all Australians have safe, positive experiences online.
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Privacy Compliance Manual (updated Nov 2019) provides assistance and guidance to non-government schools corresponding with the new requirements they must observe in relation to the preservation of an individual’s privacy.
It is essential for schools to be aware there are substantial penalties for serious or repeated interferences with privacy and the Information Commissioner has the power to seek enforceable undertakings. This is quite apart from the reputational damage that a school may suffer if the privacy of an individual is breached. The preparation of this Manual has been funded by the Associations of Independent Schools & Catholic Education Commissions in each Australian State and Territory.
State and Territory Regulation of Privacy
Each Australian state and territory regulates the management of personal information. In some states and territories, personal information is regulated by legislative schemes, in others by administrative regimes. The Australian Law Reform Commission website shares a great summary of these regulations.
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