Guidelines approved under Section 95A of the Privacy Act 1988 (the Guidelines) provide a framework to ensure privacy protection of health information that is collected, used or disclosed in the conduct of research and the compilation or analysis of statistics, relevant to public health or public safety, and in the conduct of health service management activities. The Guidelines form part of compliance requirements under the Australian Privacy Principles established in the amended Privacy Act 1988.
First released in 2001, the Guidelines have recently been updated to ensure that they accord with the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 which amends the Privacy Act effective 12 March 2014.
The Guidelines are effective from 12 March 2014.
Further information on the 2014 amendments to the Privacy Act 1988, including the Australian Privacy Principles, is available from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
Information on the role of Human Research Ethics Committees in health Privacy is available under The role of Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) in health privacy.
Advice for Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) reporting on the application of these guidelines for the 2014 HREC annual reporting period is available on the NHMRC website under HREC Annual Reporting to NHMRC.