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Privacy Compliance Manual

The Privacy Compliance Manual (updated to May 2018) supersedes the Privacy Compliance
Manual which was first published in 2001 and updated in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016,
2017 and January 2018. It contains some substantial changes which were required by the
introduction of the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012, the Privacy
Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (Cth), and also other amendments to reflect
changes in other legislation and to improve the Manual generally.

In particular, it now contains a section on how to respond in the case of data breaches and
eligible data breaches under the notifiable data breaches scheme. It is essential for schools
to be aware there are substantial penalties for serious or repeated interferences with
privacy and the Information Commissioner has the power to seek enforceable
undertakings. This is quite apart from the reputational damage that a school may suffer if
the privacy of an individual is breached. The notifiable data breaches scheme obligations
under the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (Cth) commenced on 22
February 2018.

The purpose of the Manual is to provide assistance and guidance to non-government schools
corresponding with the new requirements they must observe in relation to the preservation of an
individual’s privacy.

The preparation of this Manual has been funded by the Associations of Independent Schools and
Catholic Education Commissions in each Australian State and Territory. The previous Manual
should be discarded to ensure that only the current Manual is used.

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