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Queensland Health* | Information Privacy

Changes to federal privacy legislation to take effect on 12 March 2014 DO NOT APPLY to Queensland Health.  If you are seeking further information regarding the federal privacy reforms (for example, if you are a private health sector provider), please refer to the Federal Office of the Australian Information Commissioner website.

Every day, approximately 50,000 individuals provide the Department with sensitive, and sometimes highly sensitive, personal information so that we can provide them with the best possible care.  Personal information is provided to the Department on the understanding that it will not be mishandled or inappropriately disclosed.

Queensland Health has a longstanding commitment to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of personal information collected by the department.  That commitment is supported by nine National Privacy Principles in the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (in relation to all personal information held by the department) and strict confidentiality obligations found in Part 7 of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (in relation to health information held by the department).

While the department's confidentiality obligations cover personal information about individuals who have received, or are receiving a public sector health service, the National Privacy Principles have a broader application in that they cover the collection, use, disclosure, security, quality, access, correction and openness of personal information including personal information about employees and our business partners.

Even though the department is bound by a modified version of the National Privacy Principles found in the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988, it is important to note that Queensland Health is not subject to Commonwealth privacy legislation.

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* In this Information Privacy section, the Department of Health and the Hospital and Health Services are referred to collectively as "Queensland Health".

Last Updated: 07 February 2014
Last Reviewed: 07 February 2014