The Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) regulates how personal information is handled which is defined as:

…information or an opinion, whether true or not, and whether recorded in a material form or not, about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable.

Common examples include an  individual’s name, address, phone number, date of birth, medical records, and signature. The Privacy Act includes thirteen Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which apply to some private sector organisations, as well as most Australian and Norfolk Island Government agencies.

All personal information collected by the ARC is protected by the Privacy Act. If you believe information about you has been handled other than in accordance with the Privacy Act you can contact the ARC with your complaint at the address below.



The Complaints Handling Officer
Australian Research Council
GPO Box 2702, CANBERRA ACT 2601

You can also complain to the Federal Privacy Commissioner. Information on the Privacy Act can be found on the Office of the Information Commissioner’s website.