Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2023

Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2023


Back to Basics: Privacy foundations in NSW


1 - 7 May 2023


About Privacy Awareness Week 

Privacy Awareness Week will take place  from 1 – 7 May 2023.

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 people we serve. Each year, the IPC hosts a NSW campaign to raise awareness of privacy rights and obligations for NSW citizens and public sector agencies.

This year’s theme is “Back to Basics – Privacy foundations in NSW” and will focus on reminding agencies and citizens of the fundamentals of privacy, and highlight basic steps we can all take to keep personal information secure. 

Commissioner Message

Samantha Gavel

In an increasingly digital world, technology enables the collection, storage, and use of personal information on a large scale. As digital technology continues to evolve and new technologies are released every day, it is important to always return to the principles of protecting personal information held in digital systems.  

For agencies, it is imperative that they create, develop, and maintain trust in their digital service delivery. The basics of protecting privacy rely on implementing robust privacy protections to ensure that digital systems and services are safe. For new projects, agencies can lay a secure privacy foundation by taking a privacy-by-design approach to identify risks and build in mitigations during all stages of the project.

Under NSW privacy laws, citizens have a right to expect that their personal information is protected by NSW agencies. However, citizens also play a role in the protection of their own personal information when engaging online. With most services provided digitally, citizens are exposed to an increasing risk of oversharing and publishing their personal information. Citizens must be mindful of the basic principles of safe online behaviour to better protect their privacy.

This Privacy Awareness Week, I encourage agencies to build strong privacy foundations, and supports citizens to better understand and exercise their privacy rights. 

I look forward to celebrating the right to protect personal information and privacy with you during Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2023.

Samantha Gavel
NSW Privacy Commissioner

What's on

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Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2023 Webinar

Privacy, Data and Digital Technology

Release date: Tuesday, 2 May 2023

Time: Access to webinar available from 10am

Format: Virtual

Sign up to be notified when the webinar is live.

2023 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 2023 Champions:


NSW Government agencies

Central Coast Local Health District
Cyber Security NSW
Department of Communities & Justice
Department of Customer Service
Department of Enterprise Investment and Trade
Department of Planning and Environment
Department of Regional NSW
Fire and Rescue NSW
Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal
Legal Aid
Local Land Services
Museums of History NSW
Northern Sydney Local Health District
NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust
NSW Department of Education
NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet
NSW Education Standards Authority
NSW Electoral Commission
NSW Environmental Protection Authority
NSW Fair Trading
NSW Parliament
NSW Trustee & Guardian
Professional Standards Councils
Revenue NSW
SafeWork NSW 
Service NSW
State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA)
Transport for NSW