Infographic: Key Dates of Federal Data Privacy Reform in Australia

Published: February 2023Click To View (PDF)

On Nov. 28, 2022, Australia passed the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2022, a significant amendment to its 1988 federal data privacy bill. This parliamentary action came on the heels of a long reform consultation process and two big data breaches against Australia’s second largest telecommunications company, Optus, and one of its biggest health insurance providers, Medibank.

The Privacy Legislation Amendment adds another measure to the country’s data privacy and protection regulatory scheme, which has grown piecemeal across specific sectors and governments. This infographic presents a brief overview of federal privacy reform efforts in Australia and what might be expected in 2023. The IAPP additionally hosts an "Australia and New Zealand" topic page, which regularly updates with the latest regional news and resources.

Note: Australian states and territories have passed similar legislation and recognize regulatory authorities at the state level.