Day to day operational issues including records management, food safety and privacy.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for contacts and links

Do you need to comply?

Yes – under the provisions of Australian privacy legislation.

Conditions of compliance

Schools must comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth.).

If you have to comply, what do you have to do?

Schools need to have systems and procedures in place to handle personal information in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles as outlined in the legislation. Victorian Government legislation also regulates student and other records. The Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) covers the Victorian public sector, except in relation to health information. The Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) covers health information and applies to the public and private sectors in Victoria.

Guidance for observing the Australian Government privacy laws can be found in the Independent Schools’ Privacy Compliance Manual. Schools may also wish to seek specific professional advice on how to comply with the Privacy Act.

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

You may be in breach of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth.).

Who will help you?

Independent Schools Victoria contact:

Peter Roberts
Director, School Services
Ph. 03 9825 7211

Kieren Noonan
School Services Advisor
Ph. 03 9825 7275

Documents for Download

PDFISV: Privacy Act FAQs for Schools (Members’ Area password required)

PDFISV: Privacy Compliance Manual (Members’ Area password required)

Links and Resources

External linkISV: Student photographs and privacy

External linkVic DET: School Policy and Advisory Guide – Request for Information about Students

External linkOffice of the Australian Information Commissioner

External linkPrivacy Victoria