Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) - News, Features, and Slideshows


  • Government to boost fines for privacy breaches

    The government says it will legislate increase the penalties that can be levied under the Privacy Act to 10 per cent of a company’s turnover, $10 million or three times the value of a benefit obtained through the misuse of information, whichever is greater, up from a current cap of $2.1 million for serious or repeated breaches.

    Written by Rohan Pearce25 March 19 20:40
  • ACSC warns of phishing danger after Facebook breach

    The head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), Alastair MacGibbon, has warned people to be wary of possible phishing attacks in the wake of a Facebook security breach.

    Written by Rohan Pearce02 Oct. 18 09:04
  • Cyber-attacks top reason for data breaches: report

    Malicious or criminal cyber-attacks were responsible for 59 per cent of the 242 data breaches reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) between April and June.

    Written by Byron Connolly31 July 18 10:00
  • AustCyber: Time to 'harmonise' bamboozling government cyber advice

    The Australian government should adopt an adapted version of the US Government’s NIST Cybersecurity Framework as its guidance for businesses, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Centre (AustCyber) has advised in a policy paper published today.

    Written by George Nott18 July 18 15:46
  • Data breach notification scheme no ‘armageddon’

    Australia’s Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme is in effect and the next few months are set to test the validity of some “apocalyptic” predictions of late.

    Written by Shane Bell23 Feb. 18 12:47
  • A short guide to privacy law: Part 2

    In the first article in this series, I looked at the general requirements of the Privacy Act and provided examples of how your organisation can deal with certain types of breaches.

    Written by Guy Betar06 Aug. 15 14:26
  • OAIC to launch privacy management framework in May

    The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) will be rolling out a privacy management framework in May this year to help organisations develop or review their privacy program.

    Written by Hamish Barwick12 Feb. 15 10:38
  • Gov invests $10m in another eHealth initiative

    The Federal Government will invest $10 million in an eHealth initiative which will enable people to provide information on the health care they wish to receive at the end of their life.

    Written by Stephanie McDonald10 May 13 09:45
  • Privacy not at risk in Medicare, Centrelink merger: OAIC

    The impending merger of Medicare Australia and Centrelink under new legislation will not trample Australians' privacy according to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).

    Written by Chloe Herrick22 March 11 11:50