Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012

Type
Government
Portfolio
Attorney-General
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
43

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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.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 23 May 2012
Second reading moved 23 May 2012
Second reading debate 23 Aug 2012
Referred to Federation Chamber 17 Sep 2012
Second reading debate 17 Sep 2012
Second reading agreed to 17 Sep 2012
Reported from Federation Chamber 17 Sep 2012
Third reading agreed to 17 Sep 2012
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 18 Sep 2012
Second reading moved 18 Sep 2012
Second reading debate 27 Nov 2012
Second reading agreed to 27 Nov 2012
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 40 Government and 1 Australian Greens agreed to
27 Nov 2012
Third reading agreed to 27 Nov 2012
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
29 Nov 2012
Text of bill as passed both Houses 29 Nov 2012
Assent
  • Act no.: 197
  • Year: 2012
12 Dec 2012

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • 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

Circulated by members and senators when they propose to make changed to the bill. For details about the outcome of proposed amendments please refer to either theĀ Votes and Proceedings (House of Representatives) or the Journals (Senate).

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.