Privacy in the workplace

On 12 March 2014, a number of significant changes came into effect to the Privacy legislation via the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012. The Act replaces the previous National Privacy Principles (which covered the private sector) and the Information Privacy Principles (the federal and ACT instrumentalities with the Australian privacy Principles. The regime continues to exempt the legislation’s reach to exclude employee records but not if the persons are not ultimately employed or are independent contractors.