Privacy Victoria

Owning Institution
Government of Victoria

Research report

9 Dec 2010

While the media is rightly concerned about protecting freedom of expression, this paper argues that this must not be to the exclusion of privacy rights.

This paper, presented at the 2010 Conference of the Centre for Media and Communications Law, argues that there are...

Research report

2 Dec 2010

This Information Sheet is designed for employers bound by the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic) (IPA) – for example, Victorian state government organisations (including local councils, Victoria Police and courts). The IPA is about information privacy: it regulates how Victorian public sector organisations collect and...

Conference paper

5 Jul 2010

Convergence of parental anxieties, commercial opportunism and advances in network technologies is providing the basis for unprecedented surveillance of children and young people. Those technologies extend from automated monitoring of SMS/MMS on mobiles used by minors and mobile-based geolocation tools that allow parental monitoring of...


25 Jun 2010

A growing number of educators and advocates in the online safety field are now embracing the term ‘digital citizenship’ to describe education about privacy, safety, security and responsible use of information and communication technologies (ICT). There is also a growing understanding of the importance of...


11 Jun 2010

This paper explores current practices of youth self-disclosure within online social networks, and the potential risks involved, weighing these against the many values of the practice, and the ways in which the expression and disclosure these websites afford has influenced young people’s current...

Research report

11 Jun 2010

The conduct of social research into the daily lives and activities of children is important if we are to understand how children perceive themselves in relationship with the social institutions that matter most to them.

Ethically managed social research that undertakes to explore these...

Audio program

3 Sep 2009

In this speech for Privacy Victoria, former High Court judge Michael Kirby addresses local and international issues of privacy protection.

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG accepted the invitation from Victoria’s Privacy Commissioner, Ms Helen Versey, to deliver the inaugural Oration. It marks the...

Research report

10 Aug 2009

This guide has been developed to meet a need of the Victorian public sector, including Local Councils.

Data matching is an activity which creates special risks and considerations for privacy. Privacy Victoria’s 2005 audit of data matching activities found that most of the organisations...


12 Jul 2009

This Privacy Victoria information sheet outlines the privacy rights of children under Victorian law.

Where the Information Privacy Act 2000 (‘the Act’), requires the consent of an individual to collect, disclose, transfer, access or correct their personal information, a parent or guardian can consent...

Research report

5 Dec 2007

Privacy laws do not exist in all jurisdictions across Australia, although some have adopted administrative guidelines that are largely based on privacy laws. Where legislation or guidelines have been adopted, generally their coverage is complementary and their obligations similar. Most privacy laws in Australia and...

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