In response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Digital Platforms Inquiry report, the Government committed to undertake a review of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and consult on options for implementing a number of privacy-specific recommendations to better empower consumers, protect their data and support the digital economy.
In October 2020, the Review’s Issues Paper were published. The Issues Paper outlined the current provisions of the Privacy Act and sought feedback on a number of areas for potential reform. Two hundred submissions were received in response to the Issues Paper.
Feedback from these submissions has been consolidated into a Discussion Paper which also includes possible reform proposals to address issues identified with the current operation of the Privacy Act. The Discussion Paper is designed to elicit feedback on the merits of the ideas and proposals outlined in the paper, including their practical impact, how they may interact with each other and whether different or additional changes are needed.