Privacy Awareness Week

Privacy and Data Protection Week  8-12 May 2017

Privacy and Data Protection Week 2017 is being held from 8-12 May. The annual event is held to raise awareness of the importance of protecting all forms of personal and non-personal information. This year's theme is 'Trust and Transparency'.

During Privacy and Data Protection Week, the Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection is coordinating free training, workshops, forums in Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong. There is also a privacy-related Creativity Competition with cash prizes awarded to the top 3 entries.

Activities for staff to undertake

1. Privacy Principles

Staff should have an understanding of the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) which apply to personal information. A short guide to the IPPS is available here

2. University Privacy Policies

The University has two Privacy policies which staff should be familiar with, they are the Privacy - Personal Information Policy and the Privacy - Health Information Policy.

3. Review and update email disclaimers

Staff should update their email disclaimer to ensure it is referencing the correct privacy legislation, which is the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and not the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic). Please use the example below:

Warning to recipientsThis email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient, any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error, please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).

Further information

If a member of the University community discovers or is alerted to an actual or suspected privacy breach, they must notify the Privacy Officer via immediately.

If you have any other privacy queries, please feel free to contact the University Privacy Officer on (03) 9479 1839.