Australian Information Commissioner
and Privacy Commissioner
For Privacy Awareness Week this year we are highlighting privacy as the foundation of trust.
Trust is essential to taking the community with us as the digital economy continues to grow and play a major part in our lives. It is essential that the public can trust organisations to handle their personal information with integrity and care; transparently, accountably and in ways that the community would regard as fair and reasonable.
That trust will not occur without privacy as the foundation.
Our campaign design, using colourful building blocks, is a dynamic way of bringing to life the different components that can contribute to the right privacy foundation.
However, as important as it is to get the foundations right, we need to remember that our privacy platforms need ongoing upgrades. This is especially so as our world is rapidly transformed by innovations in technology, with our personal information now a major fuel source of the digital economy.
Organisations need to consistently revisit and revise their privacy settings and anticipate changes in their environment. They also need to be aware and responsive to the needs and concerns of their customers and the wider community.
The best organisations will not only focus on what good privacy practices can prevent, but what privacy can enable.
If the right foundations are in place, organisations will have the ability to increase the focus on those issues that are unique to them and make privacy part of their competitive advantage – and the community will respond. And government agencies can uplift their standing as trusted custodians of Australian’s personal information, building confidence in the work of agencies overall.
In advance of Privacy Awareness Week, we will be sharing tips to build strong privacy foundations, at home and at work. The cornerstone is to be proactive.
For individuals it’s easy to build good privacy habits. There are simple foundations you can lay to protect your personal information, such as strengthening your passwords and making sure your privacy settings are solid.
For organisations, taking a privacy by design approach and training your staff to prevent data breaches are some of the essentials.
Don’t forget to sign up your organisation as a PAW supporter to show your commitment to good privacy practice and receive our toolkit to help you increase privacy awareness among your staff, customers and stakeholders.
From all of us at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, thank you for supporting Privacy Awareness Week and protecting the personal information of all Australians.
We’ve got everything you need to start a conversation about privacy and show your support for Privacy Awareness Week. The assets here include an A3 poster, PowerPoint template, email signature, web banner and images for social media. Please feel free to adapt these resources to suit your needs.
For more assets and to access our toolkit, sign up as a supporter.
Become a PAW supporter
Becoming a PAW supporter gives your organisation access to our supporter toolkit to help increase privacy awareness among your staff, customers and stakeholders. It shows your commitment to good privacy practice and advancing the privacy rights of individuals.
Leading Australian organisations support and participate in Privacy Awareness Week.
Discover what’s on during
Privacy Awareness Week.
OAIC Privacy Awareness Week launchMonday 2 May, 9am
Join Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk for our virtual PAW launch. The event will feature a distinguished panel of leaders in the government, consumer and business sectors discussing the role of privacy in building trust.
OVIC Privacy Awareness Week launchMonday 2 May, 10am
To launch Privacy Awareness Week, Victorian Information Commissioner Sven Bluemmel will discuss how integral respecting privacy is to building a foundation of trust.
OIC Privacy Awareness Week launchTuesday 3 May, 9am
Queensland will launch Privacy Awareness Week virtually with a message from Privacy Commissioner Paxton Booth and a keynote presentation by Professor Edward Santow titled ‘Artificial intelligence and privacy: can they be friends?’