Privacy Compliance Manual

The Privacy Compliance Manual (updated to January 2018) supersedes the Privacy Compliance Manual
which was first published in 2001 and updated in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. 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

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.

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