Amendments to the Australian Privacy Act

    December 2012

    Recent changes to the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) will have an impact on all Australian businesses that collect personal information. If you maintain names, addresses, phone numbers and other information about your customers, you will need to be aware of the changes and how they affect you.

    The proposed changes mean that businesses collecting personal information about customers or any other person, that do not have a privacy policy, will need to develop formal policies which govern the way they deal with personal information. 

     

    • If you don’t currently have a privacy policy, you should start preparing one that meets the requirements of the amended Privacy Act.
    • If you already have a privacy policy, chances are it is now out of date and you will need to both update the policy, and make sure that it is clearly expressed.

    In order to be ready for March 2014, businesses should start thinking about these issues now, so they can be factored into future business decisions and to ensure that staff are effectively trained in the businesses’ new/amended privacy policy.