OAIC publishes its FY18 corporate plan

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 04 September, 2017

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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has made preparing for the implementation of the mandatory data breach reporting scheme a key priority for the current financial year.

The office has published its corporate plan for 2017–18 and has listed preparing for the introduction of the scheme in February as one of its key deliverables.

Other priorities include developing an Australian Public Service Privacy Governance Code, trialling an early resolution process for handling privacy complaints and reviewing the implications of the EU’s EU General Data Protection Regulation requirements.

The OIAC also plans to conduct targeted privacy assessments in areas including national security, identity management, digital health and the recently announced enhanced welfare payment integrity data matching program.

Next year marks 30 years since the Australian parliament enacted the Privacy Act 1988, and this reminds us just how much our operating landscape has changed. In 1988, personal data or information was largely collected and stored on paper — a radically different setting to today,” Information Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim commented.

“But no matter how the environment evolves, Australians’ right to privacy remains as vital as ever. The same applies to their information access rights, where interest in the information that underpins Australian government decisions continues to grow.”

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