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Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Attorney-General

Summary

In response to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report in relation to Australian privacy law and practice, the bill amends the Privacy Act 1988 to: replace the current privacy principles for the public and private sectors with a single set of privacy principles (the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs)); implement a comprehensive credit reporting system which includes five kinds of personal information; provide for codes of practice under the APPs and a credit reporting code, including powers for the Privacy Commissioner to develop and register codes that are binding on specified agencies and organisations; and clarify the functions and powers of the Information Commissioner and increase the commissioner’s ability to resolve complaints, recognise and encourage the use of external dispute resolutions services, conduct investigations and promote compliance with privacy obligations. Also makes consequential amendments to 55 Acts.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 23/05/12  
Second reading moved 23/05/12  
Second reading debate 23/08/12  
Referred to Federation Chamber 17/09/12  
Second reading debate 17/09/12  
Second reading agreed to 17/09/12  
Reported from Federation Chamber 17/09/12  
Third reading agreed to 17/09/12  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 18/09/12  
Second reading moved 18/09/12  
Second reading debate 27/11/12  
Second reading agreed to 27/11/12  
Committee of the Whole debate 27/11/12 Amendment details: 40 Government and 1 Australian Greens agreed to
Third reading agreed to 27/11/12  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 29/11/12 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 29/11/12  
Assent 12/12/12 Act no.: 197 - Year: 2012
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Addendum to explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 7326]
WRIGHT, Sen Penny

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  • Government [sheet BP262]

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  • Independent/Opposition/Nationals/Australian Greens [sheet 7291]
XENOPHON, Sen Nick
BRANDIS, Sen George
WILLIAMS, Sen John
WRIGHT, Sen Penny

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (24/05/2012): House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs; Committee report (17/09/2012)
  • Referred to Committee (19/06/2012): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (25/09/2012); Correction to report (02/10/2012)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( www.comlaw.gov.au )