Understanding privacy in Queensland
Queensland’s first privacy law, the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act), commenced on 1 July 2009.
While it is essential that agencies take immediate action to address the statutory requirements set out in the IP Act, it is also important to review existing and proposed systems and strategies that may be impacted by privacy considerations.
Departments, statutory authorities, local governments, universities, law enforcement agencies, non-government organisations and industry-based service providers to the Queensland government should all make best use of advice and opportunities to increase staff and management awareness. For those agencies covered by the Act, an active training and awareness program and a robust complaints management system are essential.
As of December 2009, with the commencement of the Queensland Civil Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), agencies will be at risk if they have not taken appropriate steps to assess and demonstrate full compliance with the IP Act.
A quick Privacy HealthCheck will help you determine whether your agency is positioned to manage privacy risks and meet statutory requirements. No matter where your agency sits in its level of privacy sophistication, our team can help you to find the gaps and identify areas of risk.
At Deloitte we are uniquely placed to provide privacy advice and services – from statutory compliance, to risk management, awareness and establishing a strong ‘privacy culture’. Our leading information privacy expert, Nicole Waterson, was instrumental in the development of the IP Act and, supported by our professional team, is available to assist you.
For further information on the Privacy HealthCheck and IP Act please contact Nicole Waterson on +61 7 3308 7274.