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Western Australia: Government proposes privacy and information sharing legislation

The Government of Western Australia announced, on 5 August 2019, that it had launched a public consultation on proposed legislation on privacy and responsible information sharing ('the Framework') to manage the way the public sector holds data, as well as a discussion paper ('the Paper') on the same. In particular, the Paper outlines plans to, among other things, appoint a Chief Data Officer, establish whole-of-government standards for responsible use, collection and management of data, as well as mechanisms for independent oversight and accountability.

In addition, the Paper contains provisions on data sharing with authorised third parties, such as universities and non-governmental organisations that are delivering services on behalf of the Government.

Comments may be submitted by 1 November 2019 by email to [email protected] or by post to the Public Sector Reform Unit, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Locked Bag 3001, West Perth WA 6872.

You can read the press release here, the Paper here and access information about the Framework here.