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Applications to modify the Information Privacy Principles

Under section 20(3) of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act), an organisation is not required to comply with the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) in relation to an act or practice that is permitted under:

  • a public interest determination (PID) (see sections 29 – 36 of the PDP Act);
  • a temporary public interest determination (TPID) (see sections 31 – 47 of the PDP Act);
  • an approved information usage arrangement (IUA) (see sections 43 – 54 of the PDP Act).

Additionally, under section 55 of the PDP Act the Information Commissioner may certify an act or practice of an organisation is consistent with the IPPs.

Each of these mechanisms require an application to be made and approved by the Information Commissioner.

This page lists applications for PIDs, TPIDs, IUAs, and certifications that been made to the Information Commissioner, along with related documents. Organisations can also refer to the Guidelines to Public Interest Determinations, Temporary Public Interest Determinations, Information Usage Arrangements and Certification for further information.

DJCS and Victoria Police – public interest determination

The Department of Justice and Community Safety and Victoria Police made an application to the Information Commissioner for a PID on 25 June 2020. A notice published by the Information Commissioner under section 29(4) of the PDP Act is available below. On 7 July 2020, the Information Commissioner granted the PID.

DJCS and Victoria Police public interest determination

Notice of application for public interest determination





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