Privacy Resources for Citizens

Your personal information is extremely valuable. As more and more of us go online to bank, shop and socialise, it’s more important than ever to protect your information.

Keeping your privacy safe

Here are some steps you can take to protect your personal information:

  • Store documents such as passports, driving licences, pay slips, tax returns, bank statements and bills in a safe place
  • Shred or destroy personal documents you are throwing away such as bills, receipts, credit card statements and other documents that show your name, address or other personal details
  • If you need to post personal documents, ask the post office for advice on the most secure method
  • Limit the number of documents you carry around on you. Don’t leave personal documents in your vehicle or unattended
  • Check your bank and credit card statements for unusual transactions
  • Always use a different password and PIN for different accounts and take care when using public computers to access personal information
  • Regularly check your records. Make sure your information is correct and up to date.

Quick tips!

  • Never give out your personal details to strangers
  • Always use privacy settings when using social media
  • Shred documents with your personal details
  • Keep passwords, PINS and other codes safe.

Online privacy guide for parents, teens, children and teachers

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reports that 83% of Australian households have internet access, 76% of internet users had made purchases online, up to two thirds of us own a smart phone and, according to Facebook, nine million Australians check out the social media site each day.

While interacting with real-life and ‘online’ friends can be fun, it’s important to think about what you share and who sees it.

We’ve collected a range of useful resources for parents, teens, children and teachers to help you think about how personal information is shared online and how best to protect your privacy.

For further reading and specific issues, please refer to our Privacy Fact Sheets