Privacy legislation in other jurisdictions

 

All states and territories, except South Australia and Western Australia, have enacted specific information privacy legislation that regulates how certain public and private sector organisations collect, handle and store personal information about individuals. Some jurisdictions, including Victoria, give health information specific or additional legislative protection.

Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory have human rights legislation that recognises the broader right to privacy under the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) and requires public sector organisations to act in a way that is compatible with privacy and other human rights (seeVictorian privacy legislation”).