Australian Privacy Principles and National Privacy Principles – comparison guide

22 Apr 2013

The 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) replace the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) for organisations from 12 March 2014. The APPs are found in the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Cth).

Part 1 of this Guide summarises the key differences between the two sets of principles, including the new obligations that apply to organisations. Part 2 of the Guide provides a comprehensive analysis of the differences between the APPs and the NPPs.

The APPs are a single set of principles that apply to both agencies and organisations, which are together defined as APP entities. While the APPs apply to all APP entities, in some cases, they impose specific obligations that apply only to organisations or only to agencies. As the purpose of this Guide is to highlight the differences between the NPPs and the APPs, and the new obligations that apply to organisations, it continues to use the term ‘organisation’ throughout.

This Guide is designed to be read with reference to the text of the NPPs and the APPs and does not purport to reproduce these principles in their entirety. Section references throughout the document are to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

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