Privacy law in South Australia

There is no information privacy law in South Australia that covers State Government, Local Government or South Australian Universities.

The Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988, protects the privacy of an individual's information where it relates to Commonwealth agencies, and private businesses (including not-for-profit organisations) with a turnover of more than $3 million.

Privacy enquiries about the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988, should be directed to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner on 1300 363 992 or via their website.

Although no specific state privacy laws exist a range of other South Australian laws protect elements of privacy, including

State Government & the Information Privacy Principles Instruction

State Government agencies are required to comply with the Information Privacy Principles Instruction (IPPI), published as Premier and Cabinet Circular No. 12.

The IPPI regulates the way State Government agencies can collect, use, store and disclose personal information.  The IPPI is administered by the Privacy Committee of South Australia.  

The principal officer, or Chief Executive, of each State Government agency is required to ensure the IPPI is implemented, maintained and observed in respect to the personal information the agency collects or holds.

Agencies should publish or make available a Privacy Policy to advise individuals how personal information is managed within the agency.

Local Government & South Australian Universities

Local Government authorities and South Australian Universities are not covered by either the Commonwealth Privacy Act or the IPPI.

Enquiries regarding Local Government authorities or South Australian Universities should be made directly to the organisation.

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