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Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Bill 2000

1998-1999-2000

 

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As read a third time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Bill 2000

 

No.      , 2000

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to privacy, and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Objects................................................................................................ 2

4............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Amendment of the Privacy Act 1988                                             3

Schedule 2—Amendment of other Acts                                                                  81

Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977                                        81

Customs Act 1901                                                                                                       81

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                 82

Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999   86

Schedule 3—Disclosures to intelligence bodies                                                    87

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979                                   87

Privacy Act 1988                                                                                                        87

 



This Bill originated in the House of Representatives; and, having this day passed, is now ready for presentation to the Senate for its concurrence.

                I.C. HARRIS

           Clerk of the House of Representatives

House of Representatives

8 November 2000

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to privacy, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Subject to this section, this Act commences on the later of the following days (or either of them if they are the same):

                     (a)  the first day after the end of the period of 12 months beginning on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent;

                     (b)  1 July 2001.

             (2)  Schedule 3 commences on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

3   Objects

                   The main objects of this Act are:

                     (a)  to establish a single comprehensive national scheme providing, through codes adopted by private sector organisations and National Privacy Principles, for the appropriate collection, holding, use, correction, disclosure and transfer of personal information by those organisations; and

                     (b)  to do so in a way that:

                              (i)  meets international concerns and Australia’s international obligations relating to privacy; and

                             (ii)  recognises individuals’ interests in protecting their privacy; and

                            (iii)  recognises important human rights and social interests that compete with privacy, including the general desirability of a free flow of information (through the media and otherwise) and the right of business to achieve its objectives efficiently.

4   Schedule(s)

                   Subject to section 2, each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.