The WA government provides a range of services and programs aimed at improving the quality of life for Western Australians. In order to deliver these, we collect and hold a lot of information.
Did you know that the WA public sector is one of only two jurisdictions in Australia without overarching legislation that either protects people’s personal information, or sets out the rules for safely sharing information?
That is why we are committed to introducing new whole-of-government privacy and responsible information sharing legislation for the WA public sector.
This is being done because, firstly, and most importantly, you have a right to know that your privacy will be protected. You need to be assured that any information held by the WA public sector about you, your family or your business, will be handled responsibly and securely.
Secondly, much of the information the public sector holds could be better used to benefit you, your family and the community. Information is one of our most valuable assets. If used wisely, it has the power to address society’s needs now and into the future.
Your views are important
The Government recognises that privacy is very important to Western Australians and is committed to ensuring everyone has the opportunity to have their say on the best arrangements for WA.
The proposed arrangements for WA have been outlined in the Privacy and Responsible Information Sharing discussion paper which can be found in the Learn More section below.
The first consultation period on the discussion paper has now closed.
The discussion paper was open for comment from 5 August to 1 November 2019.
Thank you to all those who contributed via a formal submission, comments through an online portal, or attending an information session, roundtable or workshop.
Your feedback will help us understand your thoughts on privacy protection and information sharing within the public sector and with authorised third parties.
The second consultation period with the public sector is ongoing.
We are currently consulting with a wide range of government agencies to finalise the model. Due to the significant impacts of COVID-19, this process has been delayed.