NSW Privacy Laws

The Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) oversees two laws that promote the protection of personal and health information in New South Wales (NSW) that is collected, stored and used by public sector agencies to provide services to the public.

Other pieces of legislation have provisions affecting personal information and privacy – for example, the Road Transport Act 2013.

The following laws and regulations are overseen by the IPC:

Who do these laws apply to?

The PPIP Act
The PPIP Act applies to NSW public sector agencies including government agencies, local councils, State Owned Corporations and universities.

The HRIP Act
The HRIP Act applies to NSW public sector agencies including government agencies, local councils, State Owned Corporations, universities and public sector health organisations, as well as private sector organisations, health service providers and businesses with a turnover of more than $3 million which hold health information.

Are there other laws that protect privacy?

There are other laws that may apply to certain situations. The following links will take you to either the Commonwealth legislation website – ComLaw or NSW Legislation website.