On 19 June 2012 the Senate referred the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 for inquiry and report.
The Bill amends the Privacy Act 1988 to implement the Australian Government's first stage response to the Australian Law Reform Commission's report, For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice, including:
- creation of the Australian Privacy Principles;
- introduction of more comprehensive credit reporting with improved privacy protections;
- introduction of new provisions on privacy codes and the credit reporting code; and
- clarification of the functions and powers of the Information Commissioner.
Submissions should be received by 09 July 2012. The reporting date is 25 September 2012.
The Committee is seeking written submissions from interested individuals and organisations preferably in electronic form submitted online or sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attached Adobe PDF or MS Word format document. The email must include full postal address and contact details.
Alternatively, written submissions may be sent to:
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600
Notes to help you prepare your submission are available from the website at http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/wit_sub/index.htm. Alternatively, the Committee Secretariat will be able to help you with your inquiries and can be contacted on telephone +61 2 6277 3560 or facsimile +61 2 6277 5794 or by email to email@example.com.
Inquiries from hearing and speech impaired people should be directed to Parliament House TTY number 02 6277 7799. Adobe also provides tools at http://access.adobe.com/ for the blind and visually impaired to access PDF documents. If you require any special arrangements to enable you to participate in the Committee's inquiry, please contact the Committee Secretariat.
Once the Committee accepts your submission, it becomes a confidential Committee document and is protected by Parliamentary Privilege. You must not release your submission without the Committee's permission. If you do, it will not be protected by Parliamentary Privilege. At some stage during the inquiry, the Committee normally makes submissions public and places them on its website. Please indicate if you want your submission to be kept confidential.