The Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988 applies to federal government bodies and private health service providers. States and territories, other than South Australia and Western Australia, also have Acts dealing with the protection of health information. In South Australia, Cabinet has issued Information Privacy Principles which apply to government agencies. Every jurisdiction now has a dedicated commissioner, ombudsman or committee to handle complaints relating to breaches of privacy, as do registration boards and health complaints agencies. Generally speaking, federal and state laws are consistent; however, the lack of a national scheme has been identified as a matter requiring reform.
The Office of the Information Commissioner Queensland – may refer privacy complaint to Health Ombudsman
Information Privacy Act 2009 – Must comply with National Privacy Principles
Page last updated October 2022