Privacy Law and Regulations

Sectoral Privacy Laws and Regulations
Anti-Spam Laws and Regulations
The Spam Act 2003

Responsible Government Agency - Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Do Not Call Register

Responsible Government Agency - Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

State-Provincial Data Protection Authority - Other Government Agencies

Australian Capital Territory
Justice and Community Safety Directorate

The Directorate has responsibility for government activities of justice administration, rights protection, business regulation and emergency services.

The Northern Territory
Office Of The Information Commissioner

The Office oversees the Freedom of Information and Privacy provisions of the Information Act and is responsible for the implementation of the Public Interest Disclosure Act.  Its functions relate to public sector organizations, including local government. It does not cover Commonwealth organizations or the private sector.

Office of the Information Commissioner

An independent body established under the Right to Information Act 2009 to promote access to government-held information; and protect people's personal information held by government under the Information Privacy Act 2009.

South Australia
Government of South Australia Attorney-General’s Department
The Office of the Ombudsman

The Personal Information and Protection Act 2004 applies to the public and local government sectors and the University of Tasmania. The Act is administered by the Department of Justice and complaints may be made to the Tasmanian Ombudsman.

Office of the Health Complaints Commissioner

The Victorian Health Records Act 2001 (Health Records Act) covers the handling of all personal information held by health service providers in the State public sector and also seeks to govern acts or practices in the Victorian private health sector. The Health Records Act contains a set of principles adapted from the National Privacy Principles. The Office of the Health Services Commissioner provides more information.

State-Provincial Privacy Laws and Regulations

Australian Information Commissioner
Australian Capital Territory
The Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997 (Health Records Act)

The Health Records Act covers health records held in the public sector in the ACT and also seeks to apply to acts or practices in the private sector not covered by the Privacy Act.

Information Privacy Act 2014 (ACT)

The Information Privacy Act 2014 (ACT) applies to Australian Capital Territory (ACT) public sector agencies.

Western Australia
Freedom of Information Act 1992 (WA)

The Office of the Information Commissioner (WA) administers the Freedom of Information Act 1992 (WA), as amended through 2019, which includes some privacy principles related to the disclosure and amendment of personal information held by Western Australian State and local government agencies.