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Act No. 2 of 2000 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Act No. 70 of 2009
An Act to create the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, and for related purposes
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Registered 05 Aug 2009
Start Date 05 Aug 2009
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Privacy Amendment (Office of the Privacy Commissioner) Act 2000

Act No. 2 of 2000 as amended

This compilation was prepared on 5 August 2009

[This Act was amended by Act No. 70 of 2009]

Amendments from Act No. 70 of 2009

[Schedule 3 (items 58 and 59) amended clause 15 of Schedule 1

Schedule 3 (items 58 and 59) commenced on 5 August 2009]

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney‑General’s Department, Canberra

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

3............ Schedule(s).......................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—Office of the Privacy Commissioner                                                2

Part 1—Privacy Act 1988                                                                                             2

Part 2—Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986       4

Part 3—Transitional                                                                                                          5

Schedule 2—Consequential amendment                                                                    6

Crimes Act 1914                                                                                                           6


An Act to create the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, and for related purposes

[Assented to 29 February 2000]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Privacy Amendment (Office of the Privacy Commissioner) Act 2000.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), this Act commences on a day to be fixed by Proclamation.

             (2)  If this Act does not commence under subsection (1) within the period of 6 months beginning on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent, it commences on the first day after the end of that period.

3  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Part 1Privacy Act 1988

1  Part IV (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Part IVOffice of the Privacy Commissioner

2  Division 1 of Part IV (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Division 1Office of the Privacy Commissioner

19  Establishment of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner

             (1)  The Office of the Privacy Commissioner is established by this section.

             (2)  The Office of the Privacy Commissioner consists of the Privacy Commissioner and the staff as mentioned in section 26A.

3  Section 19 (last occurring)

Re‑number as section 19A.

4  After section 26

Insert:

26A  Staff and consultants

             (1)  The staff necessary to assist the Commissioner must be persons appointed or employed under the Public Service Act 1922.

             (2)  The Commissioner has all the powers of, or exercisable by, a Secretary under that Act, so far as those powers relate to the branch of the Australian Public Service comprising the staff mentioned in subsection (1), as if that branch were a separate Department of the Australian Public Service.

             (3)  The Commissioner may engage as consultants persons with suitable qualifications and experience. The terms and conditions on which a consultant is engaged are as determined by the Commissioner.

5  Paragraph 36(4)(a)

Omit “Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission”, substitute “Commissioner”.

6  Paragraph 83(a)

Omit “Commission”, substitute “Commissioner”.

7  Section 96

Omit “the staff referred to in section 43 of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986” (wherever occurring), substitute “his or her staff”.

8  Section 96

Before “on behalf of” (wherever occurring), insert “for or”.

9  At the end of subsection 96(1) (after the penalty)

Add:

Note:          This subsection and subsection (2) also apply to persons who were members of the staff of the Commission at any time before the separate Office of the Privacy Commissioner was established: see Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Privacy Amendment (Office of the Privacy Commissioner) Act 2000.

10  Section 99

Omit “the staff of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission”, substitute “his or her staff”.


 

Part 2Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986

11  At the end of paragraph 8(1)(d)

Add “and”.

12  Paragraph 8(1)(e)

Repeal the paragraph.

13  Subsection 8(7)

Omit “, Privacy Commissioner”.

14  Section 43A

Omit “staff and”.

Note:       The heading to section 43A is altered by omitting “staff and”.


 

Part 3Transitional

15  Section 96 still applies to pre‑commencement staff

Despite the amendment of section 96 of the Privacy Act 1988 by item 7 of this Schedule, that section continues to apply, in relation to persons who, at any time before this item commenced, were staff referred to in section 43 of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986, as if the amendment had not been made.

Note 1:    Section 96 of the Privacy Act 1988 is about non‑disclosure of private information.

Note 2:    The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Act 1986 has been renamed the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986. See Part 1 of Schedule 3 to the Disability Discrimination and Other Human Rights Legislation Amendment Act 2009.


 

Schedule 2Consequential amendment

  

Crimes Act 1914

1  Subsection 85ZZA(3)

Omit “staff of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission”, substitute “Privacy Commissioner’s staff”.