Social Research Centre

Privacy legislation throughout Australia

Our research practices complies with all relevant Australian privacy laws and regulations that apply to each specific research study we conduct. This includes the Australian Privacy Act (1988) and Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). Depending on the nature of each specific research project, there might also be state and territory privacy legislation that applies.
Below is a guide to the federal, state and territory legislation throughout Australia, this list was updated in May 2024, it is non-exhaustive and we comply with all privacy legislation that applies to our specific research projects.




Privacy Legislation


Health Privacy Legislation


Privacy Inquiries & Complaints

FederalAustralian Privacy Act (1988) & APPsNo specific federal health privacy legislationOffice of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)
NSWPrivacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) (PPIPP Act)Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW)

NSW Information and Privacy Commission

VICPrivacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic)Health Records Act 2001 (Vic)Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC)
QLDInformation Privacy Act 2009 (Qld)Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (2009) (Qld)Queensland Office of the Information Commissioner
SANo specific privacy act (public sector privacy addressed in Information Privacy Principles Instruction)Health Care Act 2001 (SA) (includes health privacy provisions)South Australian privacy committee
WANo specific privacy act (public sector privacy addressed in Freedom of Information Act 1992 (WA))Health Information Act 2002 (WA)Office of the Information Commissioner (WA)
TASPersonal Information Protection Act 2004 (Tas) (PIPA Act)Health Information Act 2002 (Tas) and others

Tasmanian Ombudsman

ACTNo specific privacy act (public sector privacy addressed in other legislation)Health Records Act 2007 (ACT)

The OAIC exercises some functions of the ACT Commissioner

NTInformation Act 2002 (NT) (includes privacy provisions)Health Services Administration Act (NT) (includes health privacy provisions)Office of the Information Commissioner Northern Territory