Privacy law – Health records legislation

Victoria, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory have their own legislation regulating the handling of health information, as detailed in their various sets of principles. Such principles operate concurrently with the Privacy Act and are broadly consistent with the APPs. Their respective definitions of personal information and health information are also similar.

However, the state and territory legislation might impose additional requirements in certain situations (eg refer to module on Sale or closure of a practice) and care should be taken to ensure compliance with both sets of laws where necessary.

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