Changes to the Privacy Act

Page last updated: 14 August 2014

This Information was distributed on 6 May 2014.

Changes to the Privacy Act 1988 commenced on 12 March 2014.

Dear aged care provider

Changes to the Privacy Act 1988 commenced on 12 March 2014.

The Privacy Act now includes a set of 13 new harmonised privacy principles that regulate the handling of personal information by Australian Government agencies and some private sector organisations.  These principles are called the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).  They replace both the Information Privacy Principles that applied to Australian Government agencies and the National Privacy Principles that applied to some private sector organisations.  For information about the APPs, please refer to the OAIC website.

The APPs generally apply to Australian Government agencies and also to private sector organisations with an annual turnover of $3 million or more. These entities are known as ‘APP entities’.  In addition, the APPs will apply to some private sector organisations with an annual turnover of less than $3 million, such as health service providers.  For information about whether the APPs apply to your organisation, please refer to the OAIC website.

The Privacy Act also now includes enhanced powers for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), which is developing a policy and guide (covering existing and new powers) that outline and explain the OAIC’s approach to using its regulatory powers.  For information about the OAIC’s powers, please refer to the OAIC website.

Yours sincerely

Donna Moody
Group Manager
Ageing and Aged Care Services
Department of Social Services