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The Privacy Act has now been in force since 1988. However for some time the legislators have been concerned about its impact and application. They don’t want privacy to be a toothless tiger.

To that end the Government introduced the amendment (Enhancement of Privacy) Act 2012 which in its wisdom did not come into full force and effect until 12 march 2014.

The Act provides for substantial privacy reforms by introducing 13 new privacy principles that replace the existing NPPs, mandates a complaint handling procedure, deals with overseas privacy protection and substantially increases the enforcement powers and penalties available to the regulator.

The reforms potentially impact on most businesses above three million dollars and those in certain services below that level of gross income.

So what do you as a business owner need to do to be ready, set, go?

The PBL 5 key tips to be prepared for the reforms are:

  1. Undertake an audit of the personal information you store as an agency or business and develop policies to deal with the way you collect store manage and use this data;
  2. Completely overhaul your privacy policy to ensure compliance;
  3. Appoint a privacy officer to control and manage the storage collection and management of all personal information;
  4. Have in place a complaints handling procedure; and
  5. Organise training and relevant learning facilities for your staff.

Apart from that and above all else make sure you obtain good advice about the reforms!

At PBL we have two lawyers who have an expertise in privacy ready to assist you!

For further information call us on 4305 3500

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Raea Khan

Raea is Managing Director and Principal Lawyer for PBl Law Group. Raea assists clients with major projects, property developments, construction and strata law.

He has worked in Western Australia and Queensland assisting with expansion projects in the energy and resource sector and now predominately advises clients in Strata and Community Association matters.

He is a member of the Australian College of Strata Lawyers where majority of his work is advising developers and owners corporations with dispute related minor and major defects, strata governance and common property litigation. He is proficient at leading negotiations and meetings.

Raea has a particular interest in the commercial aspect of any dispute and always tries to weigh up the risk, reward and benefit of legal proceedings at each different stage.

Raea enjoys all forms of competitive sport, including Crossfit and actively participates in Triathlons, representing Australia as an age group athlete. He was a member of Red Head Surf Lifesaving club.

  • Strata Law
  • Construction & Major Projects
  • Commercial and Business Law
  • Planning & Environment Law