Who can use this template?
- Australian websites
- Anyone who collects personal information on their website
- Businesses legally required to comply with the Privacy Act (annual revenue of >$3 million, health service providers etc)
- Businesses who want to inform website visitors of how they collect and manage personal information
- The types of personal information you collect (e.g. name, email, phone number, address)
- How you collect, use and disclose personal information
- The purposes for which you collect personal information (e.g. marketing)
- Rights and control of a person’s personal information
- Security and storage of personal information
- Website cookies and third party sites
- How to make a complaint about a privacy breach
- How you can unsubscribe or opt-out
- Changes to the policy
What is the Privacy Act 1988?
The Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) was introduced into law at a federal level to protect the privacy of individuals in Australia. It also regulates how Australian Government agencies and some other organisations, handle personal information.
The Privacy Act includes 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which apply to some private sector organisations, as well as most Australian Government agencies. These are collectively referred to as ‘APP entities’. The Privacy Act also regulates the privacy component of the consumer credit reporting system, tax file numbers, and health and medical research.
Am I legally required to have one?
To check whether you need to comply, you can complete the privacy checklist for small business found on the OAIC website here.
- It shows Google your website is more trustworthy and can improve your site’s search rankings
- It shows your website visitors that you will protect their personal information, giving you more credibility
- It makes your website appear more professional
All of our templates have been drafted by qualified Australian lawyers who hold an Australian legal practicing certificate.
We are affiliated with a commercial law firm based in Sydney.