Skip to main content
Skip to secondary navigation
Australian Government - Office of the Australian Information Commissioner - Home


In this section you will find current news from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

For media enquiries and interview requests please contact or call 0407 663 968.

Our contact details can be found on the Contact us page.

Latest News

Data breach preparation and response guide released

Next week — government agencies and businesses must notify you of serious data breaches

In one week, the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme comes into force. The scheme mandates that Australian Government agencies and businesses with obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) must notify you if you are likely to be at risk of serious harm because of a data breach.

Which small businesses have mandatory data breach reporting obligations?

From 22 February 2018, the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme (NDB scheme) will require a wide range of organisations to report data breaches that are ‘likely to result in serious harm’ to the individuals whose personal information is affected by the breach. They will also be required to notify the OAIC.

IC review procedure direction

The Australian Information Commissioner has released a direction regarding certain procedures to be followed during an Information Commissioner review (IC review) which takes effect from 26 February 2018.

Individuals affected by DIBP’s February 2014 data breach invited to provide evidence of loss or damage

Individuals who were in immigration detention on 31 January 2014, and were affected by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s February 2014 data breach, now have an opportunity to provide information about any loss or damage suffered as a result of the breach.