Privacy News

New Privacy report shows that Australians are more concerned about their privacy than ever before.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released the 2013 Community Attitudes to Privacy survey results.  1,000 Australians from different age groups, locations and backgrounds were randomly selected to participate and contacted by fixed line and mobile phone.
The findings of the survey highlight: To access the full report ,go to

Privacy law reform — less than 12 months to go.  More

The new 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) will replace the current IPPs on 12 March 2014. More


Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities logo APPA has a new website:

The Asia Pacific Privacy Aurhtorities ("APPA") has a new website, maintained by the APPA Secretariat, located in the Ofice of the Australian Information Commissioner. 

The 38th APPA Forum will be held in Auckland, New Zealand from15-16 July 2013.  More


The 37th APPA Forum was held in San Francisco from 3–4 December 2012, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission of the United States.  Details of the Forum and the Forum Communique will be posted on the APPA website as soon as they come to hand.

The 36th APPA Forum was held in Melbourne, from 1–2 December 2011.  Here are details of the Forum and the Forum Communique.

The 35th APPA Forum was held in Jeju, an island in the Korea Strait, South Korea, from 1–3 June 2011. Information from the Forum is posted on the new APPA website.  More

New Zealand hosted the 34th APPA Forum in Auckland, on 7 and 8 December 2010.  It was well received and attended by Commissioners, their equivalents or representatives from Australia; Hong Kong; Korea; Mexico; New South Wales; New Zealand; Northern Territory; Queensland; United States and Victoria.  There were observers from South Australia; Macao; Japan and New Zealand. More

The 33th APPA Forum was held in Darwin, on 3 and 4 June 2010. This Forum was attended by the Australian Privacy Commissioner, the Privacy Commissioners or their equivalents for Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Japan, the United states and the Australian states of Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.  More  

Part of the Darwin APPA Forum was an open session, which was well attended by local Information Officers.  Papers were delivered by the Hon Austin Asche AC QC, Mr Michael Grant QC, Solicitor-General, Dr Colin Bennett, Visiting Professor, School of Law, University of NSW, from the University of Victoria, BC, Canada; Ms Marie Shroff, Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand; and Mr Philip Piper, Director NTG ICT Security. The following papers are available to date:

APPA members support and celebrate Privacy Awareness Week ("PAW") during the first week of May each year.

Last Updated on
2 December, 2013