Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2022

Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2022





2 - 8 May 2022

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About Privacy Awareness Week 

Privacy Awareness Week is an international 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 2 – 8 May 2022. 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 Privacy: The foundation of trust – we all have a role to play.

Commissioner Message

Samantha Gavel

All NSW citizens have a right to have their personal information protected. In NSW, these rights are preserved under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act) and Health Records Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act).

This year’s theme for Privacy Awareness Week is Privacy: The Foundation of Trust – we all have a role to play.

The public expects that organisations that collect their personal information use it appropriately and keep it secure, and agencies have a key role in safeguarding the personal information of the citizens we serve. Citizens also have a role in making sure their information is protected by keeping their personal information secure, regularly reviewing their privacy settings online and reporting any privacy breaches to the relevant NSW agency.

I look forward to celebrating the right to protect personal information and privacy with you during Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2022.

Samantha Gavel
NSW Privacy Commissioner

What's On

Privacy Awareness Week Event: Insights and lessons – preparing for the MNDB

Date: Tuesday 3 May 2022

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Format: Virtual

About: The online session Insights and lessons – Preparing for MNDB will focus on assisting NSW public sector agencies to prepare for the upcoming Mandatory Notification Data Breach Scheme. The session will cover insights and lessons learned across government agencies with respect to data breaches, and the types of systems, policies and procedures agencies will need to prepare ahead of the Scheme’s introduction in order to report breaches and notify those affected.

This event is for NSW public sector agency leaders, senior staff and privacy practitioners, including those within local government, universities and ministerial offices.

PAW 2022 Resources

Animation - 12 principles NSW government agencies must follow to protect your personal information
This animation provides information on the 12 Information Privacy Principles under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act) and how each of the principles must be followed by NSW public sector agencies to protect your personal information. 

Animation - 15 principles NSW public & private sector organisations must follow to protect health information
This animation provides information on the 15 Health Privacy Principles under the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act) and how each of the principles must be followed by public & private sector organisations to protect your health information. 

Privacy Impact Assessment Questionnaire for Assessing Websites
This Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) questionnaire (the Tool) is a collaboration between the IPC and elevenM, to support NSW public sector agencies in assessing their websites for privacy risks and identifying remediation actions. It has been developed to bring best-practice approaches and methodologies to NSW public sector agencies. This tool does not replace a complete PIA and should only be used to assist in identifying the privacy risks and areas for remedial action. Agencies should consider undertaking their own PIA after using the tool to identify any risks. The IPC acknowledges the materials published by elevenM in the production of this Tool:

2022 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.

Register as a Champion here

PAW 2022 Champions:

Council, University & State-Owned Corporations

Champion logos as at 2 May 2022 (councils, SOCs, universities)

NSW Government agencies

Central Coast Local Health District
Clinical Excellence Commission
Department of Communities and Justice
Department of Customer Service
Department of Education
Department of Planning and Environment
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Department of Regional NSW
Environment Protection Authority
Far West Local Health District
Health Care Complaints Commission
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
Independent Review Office
Legal Aid NSW
Long Service Corporation
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Ministry of Health
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
NSW Education Standards Authority
NSW Fair Trading
NSW Health - Lachlan Health (Parkes & Forbes)
Professional Standards Authority
Revenue NSW
SafeWork NSW
Service NSW
Southern NSW Local Health District
State Insurance Regulatory Authority
Sydney Local Health District
Transport for NSW

Promotional Resources for NSW Public Sector Agencies

To receive the PAW 2022 digital images and written communications material for your agency (newsletter articles, blog posts, social media posts and more), register as a PAW 2022 Champion.

#PAW2022 #PAWNSW #PrivacyAwarenessWeek

Use these hashtags on social media and tag us on twitter @IPCNSW to show your support for
Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2022!

Other jurisdictions

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Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

PAW Launch Event

Date: Monday, 2 May 2022
Time: 9-10am AEST
Where: Online

Join Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk for OAIC's virtual Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) launch event.

Hear from Commissioner Falk on this year’s theme – Privacy: The foundation of trust – and the OAIC’s regulatory priorities.

This year’s event will also feature a distinguished panel of leaders in the government, consumer and business sectors:

  • Jane Horvath, Chief Privacy Officer, Apple
  • Rebecca Skinner PSM, Chief Executive Officer, Services Australia
  • Erin Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Policy Research Centre

The panellists will discuss why privacy matters and what good privacy practices can enable, their organisations’ approaches to privacy and the role of privacy in building trust with the community.

This is a free event. 

More information about the event here.

More about OAIC's Privacy Awareness Week campaign here.

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Office of the Information Commissioner, Queensland

PAW Launch Event

Date: Tuesday, 3 May 2022
Where: Online

The Office of the Information Commissioner is pleased to present Professor Edward Santow to deliver this year’s Privacy Awareness Week keynote. Professor Santow will be joined by Queensland’s Privacy Commissioner Paxton Booth.

In his keynote, Artificial Intelligence and privacy: can they be friends?, Professor Santow will discuss how in a time of unprecedented technological change, trust in government has been consistently falling. He will challenge our thinking on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), explore the rise of facial recognition technology and suggest a way forward that puts privacy at the heart of how AI is designed, developed and used, and how this could improve trust for agencies.

The keynote will be pre-recorded and available online from 3 May 2022.

More information about the event here.

More about OIC's Privacy Awareness Week campaign here.

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Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner

PAW Events

  • Privacy Awareness Week Launch | Monday 2 May, 10am – 10.30am
  • Lightning Talk 1 | Tuesday 3 May, 2pm – 2.40pm
  • Panel discussion | Wednesday 4 May, 10am – 11am
  • Lightning Talk: Surveillance and Privacy in the Public Sector | Wednesday 4 May, 2pm – 2.40pm
  • Lightning Talk 3 | Thursday 5 May, 2pm – 2.40pm

More about OVIC's Privacy Awareness Week campaign and events here.