Reforming the Privacy Act to better support health research

The Attorney General’s Department is undertaking a multi stage review of the Privacy Act 1988. In February 2023 the Department published the Report of the Review of the Privacy Act and of the consultation undertaken in 2021 and 2022. The Report contains many proposals for amendment of the Act, a few of which have direct implications for the use of personal information in research, and consent to the use of information for research purposes. Research Australia responded to these privacy related matters, supporting a broder research consent, and further consultation on the exceptions from consent which permit research to be undertaken.

Research Australia’s submission is available here.

The Government’s response to the report was released on September 2023 and is available here. The Government has accepted the report’s recommendations relating to research and will consult further before developing legislation. Research Australia will continue to participate with further consultations as legislation is developed.

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