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Refer attached brief Privacy Act 1988 2014 Amendments and Implications for SCU.
The Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) was amended on 12 December 2012 with some significant
changes. The amendments are contained in the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy
Protection) Act 2012. Most amendments will come into force from 12 March 2014.
SCU does not fall within the definition of an organisation under the Privacy Act 1988
and therefore the entire act doesn’t apply. However, the Act does apply to NORSEARCH
as a controlled entity, and SCU is subject to two aspects of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)
1. SCU is a Tax File Number Recipient, meaning the Tax File Number Guidelines
issued under the act are applicable to SCU;
2. SCU is bound by the Information Privacy Principles of the Privacy Act 1988 via
provisions of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, which establishes at subsection 19-
60 that a “higher education provider must comply with the information privacy
principles set out in section 14 of the Privacy Act 1988 in respect of *personal
information obtained for the purposes of section 36-20 or Chapter 3 or 4” (further
detail of section 36-20 and chapter 3 and 4 provided below).