Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012

Type
Government
Portfolio
Attorney-General 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Status
Act 
Parliament no
43
Summary
In response to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report in relation to Australian privacy law and practice, the bill amends the
Privacy Act 1988
  to: replace the current privacy principles for the public and private sectors with a single set of privacy principles (the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs)); implement a comprehensive credit reporting system which includes five kinds of personal information; provide for codes of practice under the APPs and a credit reporting code, including powers for the Privacy Commissioner to develop and register codes that are binding on specified agencies and organisations; and clarify the functions and powers of the Information Commissioner and increase the commissioner’s ability to resolve complaints, recognise and encourage the use of external dispute resolutions services, conduct investigations and promote compliance with privacy obligations. Also makes consequential amendments to 55 Acts. 

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Progress

House of Representatives
23 May 2012Introduced and read a first time
23 May 2012Second reading moved
23 Aug 2012Second reading debate
17 Sep 2012Referred to Federation Chamber
17 Sep 2012Second reading debate
17 Sep 2012Second reading agreed to
17 Sep 2012Reported from Federation Chamber
17 Sep 2012Third reading agreed to
Senate
18 Sep 2012Introduced and read a first time
18 Sep 2012Second reading moved
27 Nov 2012Second reading debate
27 Nov 2012Second reading agreed to
27 Nov 2012Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 40 Government and 1 Australian Greens agreed to
27 Nov 2012Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
29 Nov 2012Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments


29 Nov 2012Text of bill as passed both Houses
12 Dec 2012Assent

Act no.: 197

Year: 2012

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Explanatory memoranda

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Proposed amendments

Senate
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Schedules of amendments

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Committee Information

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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

Schedules of amendments list amendments agreed to by the second house are communicated to the first house for consideration. Subsequent action by either house may also be included in a schedule.

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