Legislation

Legislation

Privacy Act 1998

The Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) regulates the handling of personal information about individuals. This includes the collection, use, storage and disclosure of personal information. The Privacy Act includes: the Information Privacy Principles and the National Privacy Principles that apply to the handling of personal information (Synopsis from www.oaic.gov.au)

Guidelines to the National Privacy Principles

The National Privacy Principles (NPPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 regulate how large businesses, all health service providers and some small businesses and non-government organisations handle individuals' personal information. The NPPs cover the collection, use, disclosure and storage of personal information. (Synopsis from www.nhrmc.gov.au).

NHMRC Guidelines under section 95

Guidelines Under Section 95 of the Privacy Act 1988 provide a framework in which medical research involving personal information obtained by Commonwealth agencies should be conducted, to ensure that such information is protected against unauthorised collection or disclosure. (Synopsis from www.nhrmc.gov.au).

NHMRC Guidelines under section 95A

Guidelines approved under Section 95A of the Privacy Act 1988 form part of the compliance requirements under the National Privacy Principles. The guidelines provide a framework for human research ethics committees (HRECs) and those involved in conducting research, the compilation or analysis of statistics or health service management, to weigh the public interest in-research, or the compilation or analysis of statistics, or health service management activities-against the public interest in the protection of privacy. (Synopsis from www.nhrmc.gov.au).