Contributor: Helen Versey, former Victorian Privacy Commissioner
The right to personal privacy is limited. Information privacy was first protected by Commonwealth legislation, but it has expanded and now also includes state legislation. Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) set out broad principles that are binding on government agencies and large companies. Specific laws cover credit reporting and some other Commonwealth legislation. Complaints can be made to the Australian Information Commissioner. Victorian privacy legislation includes the Health Records Act and the Human Rights and Responsibilities Charter.
This section includes the following topics:
- The right to privacy
- Protection of privacy in Australia
- Privacy Act
- Other Commonwealth legislation and guidelines
- Complaints to the Australian Information Commissioner
- Victorian privacy legislation
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