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The Australian Government and Privacy Act

The Australian Government and Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) protects your personal information by upholding Australia’s national privacy laws, resolving privacy complaints and investigating potential data breaches. They give guidance on how to handle your personal information and promote awareness of your privacy rights.

The Privacy Act 1988 has strict rules about how an organisation or agency handles your personal information. If you think they’ve mishandled it, you can lodge a complaint with them.

A data breach happens when personal information is accessed or disclosed without authorisation or is lost. If the Privacy Act 1988 covers your organisation or agency, you must notify affected individuals and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) when a data breach involving personal information is likely to result in serious harm.

The OAIC maintain a number of privacy registers.

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