Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2021

Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2021




3 - 9 May 2021


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About Privacy Awareness Week 

Privacy Awareness Week is a global campaign that highlights the importance of privacy and raises awareness for public sector agencies about how to protect the personal information of the people we serve.

This year, Privacy Awareness Week NSW takes place from 3 – 9 May 2021. The campaign involves both public sector agencies and citizens and aims to improve understanding and awareness of NSW privacy legislation, and to raise awareness of a person’s privacy rights and agency obligations.

The theme for this year's campaign is Make Privacy a Priority.

Commissioner Message

Samantha Gavel

We all have a right to privacy and in 2021 I encourage everyone to Make Privacy a Priority.

Agencies can make privacy a priority by implementing a privacy by design approach to digital projects and building good privacy practices into their decision-making, as well as the design and structure of their information systems, business processes, products and services.

Citizens can make privacy a priority by ensuring they review their everyday privacy settings, and informing NSW government agencies and local councils if they think their privacy has been breached.

Advances in technology mean that the protection of people’s personal, sensitive and health information is more important than ever. The community expects that NSW Government agencies will protect their personal information appropriately and good privacy practice by agencies ensures that citizens can have trust in Government services.

Thank you for your support of Privacy Awareness Week NSW and I look forward to celebrating it with you in 2021.

Samantha Gavel
NSW Privacy Commissioner

What's on?

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IPC NSW Public Sector Leaders Online Event
Making Privacy a Priority

Date: Monday, 3 May 2021

Time: 11.00am - 12.20pm

Format: Livestream


About: The NSW Privacy Commissioner is hosting a livestream event for public sector leaders and practitioners at which the theme: Make Privacy a Priority, will be discussed.

Please note this event is only for public sector agency staff. We are calling for expressions of interest to ensure the livestream is kept secure, only accessed by the NSW public sector, local government sector or universities and that privacy is protected. Once you have submitted your expression of interest, we will be in contact closer to the event with information on how to register to obtain your access code. Should you have any questions about the event or need assistance, please contact

Submit your expression of interest in attending here.
Please note registrations for the event are now closed.


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Privacy and Right to Know Practitioners Group Event
Privacy Awareness Week 2021: What makes a great PIA?

Date: Thursday 6 May 2021

Time: 10:00 - 11:20am

Format: Register for the Teams Live event here


About: The NSW Privacy and Right to Know Practitioners group together with Privcore are pleased to invite privacy practitioners to their PAW event, What makes a great PIA?

This engaging event captures this year’s PAW NSW theme; Make Privacy a Priority and aims to help privacy officers influence senior decision makers and project owners about the need to conduct privacy impact assessments (PIA) for high risk processing activities. It is based on a report Privcore recently released on “What makes a great PIA?” which privacy officers can use to influence senior decision makers.

Annelies Moens, Managing Director, Privcore, will take practitioners through:

  • what a PIA is and what it is NOT
  • what to consider when making decisions about whether a PIA is needed
  • when and why a PIA should be done for high risk processing activities
  • what a PIA should cover
  • who should do it
  • what to look for in a skilled PIA provider and
  • whether once completed, the PIA should be published.

Going beyond compliance, a great PIA helps build customer and citizen trust and confidence in projects. It also reduces risks and costs of high risk processing activities involving personal and health information.


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IAPP KnowledgeNet event
Influencing Privacy as a Priority: A Regulator’s Perspective

This event is free for both IAPP Members and non-members.

Date: Tuesday 4 May 2021

Time: 5.00 - 6.15pm AEST (other timezones listed here)

Format: Register for the event here

About: The roles and focus of regulators may vary between compliance, privacy culture, and privacy awareness. Through their Offices, these regulators may be involved in law reform, collaborative efforts, community outreach, awareness campaigns and other initiatives that elevate how businesses and the public sector view privacy. This session features a collaborative of Privacy Commissioners from across the APAC region in celebration of Australia’s Privacy Awareness Week 2021. Our speakers will share how they are working as regulators and advocates of ‘privacy best practice’ to make privacy a priority.

Host: Jim Campbell, CIPP/US, Regional Operations Manager, ANZ, IAPP

Moderator: Nicole Stephensen, Principal, Ground Up Consulting


  • Sven Bluemmel, Information Commissioner, Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner, Victoria, Australia
  • John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand
  • Angelene Falk, Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, Australia
  • Samantha Gavel, Privacy Commissioner, Information Privacy Commission, New South Wales
  • Phil Green, Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Information Commissioner, Queensland, Australia
  • Raymund Liboro, Privacy Commissioner and Chairman, National Privacy Commission, Philippines
  • Brenda Monaghan, Privacy Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman, Office of the Information Commissioner, Northern Territory, Australia

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2021 Champion Program

This year we will again be running the Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) Champion Program. NSW public sector agencies can join as Champions to help spread the PAW message as well as encourage their agency and work colleagues to get involved and promote citizen rights.

Champions of the Program will receive a pack full of digital and printable resources, as well as written content such as newsletter articles, blog posts, social media posts and more to make promoting the campaign easy. 

Agencies will also be acknowledged as a Champion here on the PAW NSW webpage and via the IPC's social media where possible.

Thank you to our 2021 Champions:

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Promotional Resources for NSW Public Sector Agencies

Click to download the resources below and support Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2021. When the image opens, right click and select 'Save image as'.

To receive additional written communications material for your agency (newsletter articles, blog posts, social media posts and more).

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Use these hashtags on social media and tag us on twitter @IPCNSW to show your support for
Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2021!