My Health Record opt-out period extended

August 10, 2018 - 4:24pm

The Australian Government has formally announced it will extend the opt-out period for My Health Record by an extra month to 15 November 2018.

The Australian Government has also advised it will amend the legislation to ensure if someone wishes to cancel their record they will be able to do so permanently, with their record deleted from the system forever. This would means any Australian will be able to opt-out of the system permanently, at any time in the future, with their record deleted for good.

The Australian Government advises the legislation will also be strengthened to match the existing Australian Digital Health Agency policy. This policy requires a court order to release any My Health Record information without consent. The proposed amendment would ensure no record can be released to police or government agencies, for any purpose, without a court order.

As the My Health Record is an Australian Government initiative, please contact their helpline on 1800 723 471 or visit the My Health Record website at

For more information about the system and the opt out period please visit: Find out more about opt-out.

More information about the privacy and security settings available for My Health Records is available here.

And more information and resources from the Office of the Austalian Information Commissioner