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This declaration sets aside the Australian Privacy Principles and most Commonwealth secrecy provisions in circumstances relating to the Australian bushfires.
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Registered 21 Jan 2020
Date ceased to have effect 19 Jan 2021
Ceased by Self Ceasing

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Privacy (Australian Bushfires Disaster) Emergency Declaration (No. 1) 2020


Privacy Act 1988

I, the Hon Christian Porter MP, Attorney-General, make this Declaration under section 80J of the Privacy Act 1988.

Dated        20 January 2020                            

The Hon Christian Porter MP



1  Name

                   This Declaration is the Privacy (Australian Bushfires Disaster) Emergency Declaration (No. 1) 2020.

2  Commencement

                   This Declaration commences on the day that it is signed.


                   This Declaration expires at the end of 12 months starting when the Declaration is signed.


Act means the Privacy Act 1988.

Declaration of emergency

                   For section 80J of the Act, the disaster mentioned in Schedule 1 is declared.


Schedule 1—Disaster


Bushfires in Australia resulting in death, injury and/or property damage occurring from August 2019 into 2020.