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


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Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2023 Webinar

Privacy, Data and Digital Technology





About: The Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2023 (PAW) webinar will focus on the impact of digital technology on privacy and explore Artificial Intelligence, digital identity, and facial recognition.

During the webinar, the Privacy Commissioner will speak on the 2023 theme Back to Basics: Privacy foundations in NSW and provide an update on the upcoming Mandatory Notification of Data Breach (MNDB) Scheme.

The Commissioner also welcomes guest speaker Edward Santow, Director – Policy & Governance at the Human Technology Institute, and Industry Professor – Responsible Technology, UTS, to present on Artificial Intelligence, digital identity, and facial recognition. Following this will be a Q&A panel further exploring these concepts featuring Ed Santow, Ian Oppermann, Chief Data Scientist, DCS Data Analytics Centre, and Lenka Bradovkova, Executive Director, Identity.NSW.

Watch the webinar below:

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Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner Event

Privacy Awareness Week Panel Discussion 

Date: Wednesday, 3 May 2023

Time: 10am - 11am AEST

Format: Virtual 


About: Join OVIC for a panel discussion with Sven Bluemmel, Victorian Information Commissioner; Angelene Falk, Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner; Samantha Gavel, NSW Privacy Commissioner and Paxton Booth, Queensland Privacy Commissioner during Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2023.

This virtual panel will discuss the theme of Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2023, which is Privacy: Back to basics. 

This event will be moderated by Susan Bennett, Executive Director of InfoGovANZ  - a community of international professionals across the data and information sphere - InfoGov, Legal, Data Privacy, Cyber and Info Security, Records Management, eDiscovery, Data and Infonomics, and AI & Ethics.

Register here

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. Registrations have now closed for Champions for 2023. 

PAW 2023 Champions:

Council, University & State-Owned Corporations 


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
HealthShare NSW
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal
Independent Review Office
Legal Aid
Local Land Services
Mid North Local Health District
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Museums of History NSW
Northern Sydney Local Health District
NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation
NSW Ambulance

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 Ministry of Health
NSW Parliament
NSW Trustee & Guardian
Professional Standards Councils
Revenue NSW
SafeWork NSW 
Service NSW
State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA)
Southern NSW Local Health District
State Records NSW
Sydney Childrens Hospital Network
Sydney Local Health District
Transport for NSW
Western NSW Local Health District