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Annual Report 2011 - 2012

Privacy

The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act) and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act) set out privacy standards for New South Wales public sector agencies.

The Privacy Code of Practice for Legal Aid NSW approved by the Attorney General in June 2000 modifies the application of the Information Protection Principles in the PPIP Act to permit Legal Aid NSW, when determining the eligibility for legal aid of an applicant, to collect information about third parties associated with the applicant from a person other than the person to whom the information relates.

Legal Aid NSW adopted a Privacy Management Plan in 2001 and revised it in 2004. The Plan describes our policies and practices to ensure compliance with the Information Protection Principles in the PPIP Act and the Health Privacy Principles in the HRIP Act.

Part 5 of the PPIP Act provides that a person who is aggrieved by the conduct of a public sector agency is entitled to apply for an internal review of that conduct. No applications for internal review were received during 2011–2012.

Planning ahead

Year ahead

Raise awareness and understanding amongst staff of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994, and monitor compliance with the legislation.

Key challenge

Ensuring compliance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 within existing resources, including providing training to ensure that all staff are aware of their obligations.