General privacy responsibilities for Australian Government agency staff
Everyone working in an Australian Government agency has responsibilities relating to privacy.
All staff must:
- handle personal information in accordance with the APPs and any other relevant legislation
- know who their agency’s Privacy Officer is
- ensure that they understand when it is appropriate to collect, use and disclose personal information in the course of their employment
- keep the personal information they handle secure.
Your work may intersect with privacy if you are, for example:
- collecting personal information in order to deliver a service or benefit to a client, or to make a decision about whether to provide a service or benefit
- developing new government initiatives with an impact on the privacy of individuals
- working on a project or proposal that involves insights obtained from personal information
- working in Human Resources and managing the personal information of employees
- implementing new technologies or on-boarding new supplier relationships which may have an impact on privacy
- managing risk, driving compliance and best practice, and responding to breaches in a legal, risk, compliance or ICT/cyber security role.