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References for privacy

References for privacy.

VLA Professional support

The Family section of Practice resources' on the VLA-Net has more information about cases that have been considered in relation to recording phone conversations in family law matters.

See Practice resources—Family law resources—Recording conversations(opens in a new window).

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)

This Australian Government agency has information about privacy.


Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner

This is the independent office of the Victorian Information Commissioner. It is the Commissioner's responsibility to promote the principles of privacy protection by education, development of guidelines, conduct audit examinations of government agencies and monitoring development of data processing to ensure that personal privacy is not placed at risk. They also conciliate complaints if there is an alleged breach of privacy.


The commissioner site has paper that outlines the potential considerations for the public sector when collecting, using and disclosing personal information of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

See Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner—Understanding culturally diverse privacy: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People's perspectives(opens in a new window)

The Law Handbook

Fitzroy Legal Service’s Law Handbook has information about freedom of information and privacy.

See Privacy and your rights(opens in a new window).

Commonwealth Parliamentary Library

This digest has detailed information about the changes to privacy law that apply from 12 March 2014. The digest includes an overview of the history of privacy law and of the impetus for changes that come from the Australian Law Reform Commission Report, For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice.

See Parliamentary library—Bills Digest no. 20 2012 - 2013—Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012(opens in a new window).

Australian Law Reform Commission

This report, tabled in parliament in August 2008, made 295 recommendations for reform of the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

See Australian Law Reform Commission—For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice (ALRC Report 108)(opens in a new window).

Deprtent of Home Affairs

This site has information about how to protect and recover identity.

See Department of Home Affairs Identity security(opens in a new window).

Victorian Law Reform Commission

This report, tabled in August 2010, looks into the widespread use of privacy invasive techniques. The report makes 33 recommendations for reform.

See Victorian Law Reform Commission—Surveillance in public places(opens in a new window).

Standing Committee of Attorneys-General

This discussion paper seeks to identify issues, including privacy issues that are associated with unauthorised publication of photographs on the internet. It also looks at the adequacy of existing state and territory laws and makes suggestions for addressing these issues. The paper was published in 2005.

See SCAG—Unauthorised photographs on the internet and ancillary privacy issues(opens in a new window).


Maddocks is a private law firm that provides information on their website for the public. It refers to some VCAT decisions that deal with privacy and CCTV.

See Maddocks—Responding to requests to access CCTV footage(opens in a new window).