Commonwealth privacy changes won’t affect Queensland

March 12, 2014 - 3:14pm

Today's amendments to Commonwealth privacy legislation will not affect Queensland government agencies that are bound by the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld).

Amendments to the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988 will introduce significant changes to the privacy obligations of Commonwealth Government and private sector entities only.

From 12 March 2014, the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) and National Privacy Principles (NPPs) contained in the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988 will be replaced with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).

These changes will have no effect on Queensland’s Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act).

While Queensland’s IP Act also contains IPPs and NPPs, they will not be affected by the amendments to the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988.

This means that Queensland government agencies that are currently bound by the IP Act will still have to comply with the IPPs or NPPs.

Please refer to the OIC Guideline: Amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) – a guide for agencies