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This Determination permits health service organisations to collect or use the contact details of a genetic relative in specified circumstances.
Administered by: Prime Minister and Cabinet
General Comments: The Privacy Act 1988 - Part VI - Temporary Public Interest Determination No. 2009-1, lodged as supporting material to this lodgment was registered to the FRLI on 14 December 2009 (see F2009L04614). This Determination comes into effect on 15 December 2009.
Registered 14 Dec 2009
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR02-Feb-2010
Tabled Senate02-Feb-2010
Date of repeal 19 Mar 2014
Repealed by Spent and Redundant Instruments Repeal Regulation 2014

Privacy Act 1988 Part VI - Temporary Public Interest Determination No. 2009-1A

Collection and use of contact details of genetic relatives to enable use or disclosure of genetic information. 

In relation to National Privacy Principles 2.1 and 10.1

Effective:  15 December 2009 to 14 December 2010 (inclusive)

Under section 80B(3) of the Privacy Act 1988, I, Karen Curtis, Australian Privacy Commissioner, make the following generalising determination:

No organisation providing a health service is taken to contravene section 16A of the Privacy Act 1988 while Temporary Public Interest Determination No. 2009-1 is in force, if the organisation does an act, or engages in a practice, of the type described in Temporary Public Interest Determination No. 2009-1.

Under TPID 2009-1, a health service provider can only collect or use the contact details of a patient’s genetic relatives if they are satisfied that:

a)         it is impractical to gain the consent of the genetic relative and

b)        the applicant intends to use the contact details to inform the relative of the potential consequences, to their own health, of genetic information obtained from the patient for the relative’s own health and

c)         the applicant has a reasonable belief that this is necessary to lessen or prevent a serious threat to the life, health or safety of the genetic relative and

d)        where consent has not been obtained from the patient for the disclosure of their genetic information, the disclosure will be made in accordance Guidelines issued under section 95AA of the Privacy Act.

 

 

 

Karen Curtis

Australian Privacy Commissioner

10 December 2009    

Attachment:             Temporary Public Interest Determination 2009-1