PM&C to assist with development of new APS Privacy Code

PM&C to assist with development of new APS Privacy Code

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) has agreed to support the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner in developing a new Privacy Code for the Australian Public Service (APS).

Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM, wrote to the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Mr Timothy Pilgrim PSM to confirm PM&C’s commitment to working collaboratively on the development of the new Code. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is uniquely placed to develop the Code given its specific privacy expertise and experience. The Code will then be implemented across the APS with the support of PM&C.

The Privacy Code will strengthen the existing privacy capability of agencies by setting out the minimum requirements that the Commissioner expects of all agencies under Australian Privacy Principle 1.2.

While many agencies have already implemented these requirements, the Code will provide consistency in privacy governance across the APS.

The Privacy Code will demonstrate the APS’ commitment to the protection of privacy. It will also help build public trust and confidence in the Australian Government’s information-handling practices and proposed new uses of data.

As well as assisting with the development of the code, PM&C will work with the OAIC to circulate comprehensive guidance material that will help agencies comply with the requirements.

The Joint Statement on Developing an APS-wide Privacy Code, as well as the letters from the Australian Information Commissioner, Mr Pilgrim, and the PM&C Secretary, Dr Parkinson, can be found on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner website.