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PRIVACY AND PERSONAL INFORMATION PROTECTION ACT 1998

- As at 1 July 2017
- Act 133 of 1998

TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

   PART 1 - PRELIMINARY

   1.      Name of Act
   2.      Commencement
   3.      Definitions
   4.      Definition of “personal information”
   4A.     Exclusion of health information from definition of “personal information”
   4B.     Regulations may declare whether agency is part of or separate from a public sector agency
   5.      Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 not affected
   6.      Courts, tribunals and Royal Commissions not affected
   7.      Crown bound by Act

   PART 2 - INFORMATION PROTECTION PRINCIPLES

           Division 1 - Principles

   8.      Collection of personal information for lawful purposes
   9.      Collection of personal information directly from individual
   10.     Requirements when collecting personal information
   11.     Other requirements relating to collection of personal information
   12.     Retention and security of personal information
   13.     Information about personal information held by agencies
   14.     Access to personal information held by agencies
   15.     Alteration of personal information
   16.     Agency must check accuracy of personal information before use
   17.     Limits on use of personal information
   18.     Limits on disclosure of personal information
   19.     Special restrictions on disclosure of personal information

           Division 2 - General provisions relating to principles

   20.     General application of information protection principles to public sector agencies
   21.     Agencies to comply with principles

           Division 3 - Specific exemptions from principles

   22.     Operation of Division
   23.     Exemptions relating to law enforcement and related matters
   24.     Exemptions relating to investigative agencies
   25.     Exemptions where non-compliance is lawfully authorised or required
   26.     Other exemptions where non-compliance would benefit the individual concerned
   27.     Specific exemptions (ICAC, ICAC Inspector and Inspector’s staff, NSW Police Force, LECC, Inspector of LECC and Inspector’s staff and NSW Crime Commission)
   27A.    Exemptions relating to information exchanges between public sector agencies
   27B.    Exemptions relating to research
   27C.    Exemptions relating to credit information
   28.     Other exemptions

   PART 3 - PRIVACY CODES OF PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT PLANS

           Division 1 - Privacy codes of practice

   29.     Operation of privacy codes of practice
   30.     Modification of information protection principles
   31.     Preparation and making of privacy codes of practice
   32.     Agencies to comply with privacy codes of practice

           Division 2 - Privacy management plans

   33.     Preparation and implementation of privacy management plans

   PART 4 - PRIVACY COMMISSIONER

           Division 1 - Appointment of Privacy Commissioner

   34.     Appointment of Privacy Commissioner
   35.     Veto of proposed appointment of Privacy Commissioner
   35A.    Remuneration
   35B.    Vacancy in office
   35C.    Removal from office
   35D.    Filling of vacancy
   35E.    Privacy Commissioner a statutory officer and not Public Service employee
   35F.    Appointment of acting Privacy Commissioner
   35G.    Staff of Privacy Commissioner
   35H.    Delegation

           Division 2 - Functions of Privacy Commissioner

   36.     General functions
   37.     Requirement to give information
   38.     Inquiries and investigations
   39.     General procedure for inquiries and investigations
   40.     Personal information digest
   41.     Exempting agencies from complying with principles and codes
   42.     Information about compliance arrangements
   43.     Disclosure of Cabinet or Executive Council information
   44.     (Repealed)
   44A.    Oversight of functions by Joint Committee

           Division 3 - Complaints relating to privacy

   45.     Making of privacy related complaints
   46.     Preliminary assessment of privacy related complaints
   47.     Referring privacy related complaints to other authorities
   48.     Dealing with privacy related complaints
   49.     Resolution of privacy related complaints by conciliation
   50.     Reports and recommendations of Privacy Commissioner
   51.     Effect of dealing with privacy related complaints under this Division

   PART 5 - REVIEW OF CERTAIN CONDUCT

   52.     Application of Part
   53.     Internal review by public sector agencies
   54.     Role of Privacy Commissioner in internal review process
   55.     Administrative review of conduct by Tribunal
   56.     (Repealed)

   PART 6 - PUBLIC REGISTERS

   56A.    Personal information includes health information
   57.     Disclosure of personal information contained in public registers
   58.     Suppression of personal information
   59.     Provisions of this Part prevail

   PART 6A - (Repealed)
   None

   PART 7 - INFORMATION AND PRIVACY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

   60.     Establishment of Information and Privacy Advisory Committee
   61.     Functions of Information and Privacy Advisory Committee

   PART 7A - REPORTS BY PRIVACY COMMISSIONER

   61A.    Annual report
   61B.    Report on operation of Act
   61C.    Special report to Parliament
   61D.    Procedure for reporting

   PART 8 - MISCELLANEOUS

   62.     Corrupt disclosure and use of personal information by public sector officials
   63.     Offering to supply personal information that has been disclosed unlawfully
           64, 65. (Repealed)
   66.     Personal liability of Privacy Commissioner and others
   66A.    Protection from liability
   66B.    Fees
   67.     Disclosure by Privacy Commissioner or staff member
   68.     Offences relating to dealings with Privacy Commissioner
   69.     Legal rights not affected
   70.     Proceedings for offences
   71.     Regulations
   72.     (Repealed)
   73.     Repeal of Privacy Committee Act 1975 No 37
   74.     Savings, transitional and other provisions
   75.     Review of Act
           Schedule 1 (Repealed)
           SCHEDULE 2
           Schedule 3 (Repealed)
           SCHEDULE 4


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