Privacy Act Review – Discussion paper

Closed 10 Jan 2022

Opened 25 Oct 2021


As part of our review of the Privacy Act 1988, this discussion paper considers feedback on the Issues Paper and seeks further feedback on potential changes to the Act.

The Discussion Paper covers a broad range of topics, including:

  • the scope and application of the Act
  • the protections contained in the Australian Privacy Principles
  • how the Act is regulated and enforced.

We invite you to make a submission in response to any or all of the proposals and questions in this Discussion Paper or any other matter relevant to the review's Terms of Reference by 10 January 2022. Submissions and feedback received in response to the Discussion Paper will inform the review's final report.

Interaction with the Online Privacy Bill consultation

We are holding this consultation at the same time as a consultation on the exposure draft of the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill 2021 (Online Privacy Bill).

The Online Privacy Bill addresses the pressing privacy challenges posed by social media and certain other online platforms.

The Privacy Act Review seeks to build on the outcomes of the Online Privacy Bill to ensure that Australia's privacy law framework empowers consumers, protects their data and supports the Australian economy.

Consultation documents

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To find out more about this consultation contact . You can also email us your submission if you would prefer to provide your response this way.


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