What is the role of The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner?
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is headed by the Australian Information Commissioner.
The Australian Information Commissioner is supported by the Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioners for Dispute Resolution and Regulation and Strategy, and the OAIC staff.
The OAIC is based in Sydney and has two branches:
The OAIC oversees the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) which regulates how your personal information is handled by Australian Government agencies and the Norfolk island administration, medium-to-large businesses, the not-for-profit sector, the credit reporting industry and health service providers.
Personal information is information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable.
The Privacy Act allows you to:
Most organisations are now required to report data breaches to the OAIC under the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme (NDB). Under the scheme organisations are also required to notify affected individuals.
You can find more information about the OAIC by heading to https://www.oaic.gov.au/about-us/who-we-are/