The AIHW is required under the Privacy (Australian Government Agencies – Governance) APP Code 2017 (Privacy Code) to undertake a privacy impact assessment (PIA) for all high privacy risk projects i.e. those that ‘involve any new or changed ways of handling personal information that are likely to have a significant impact on the privacy of individuals’.

A PIA is a systematic assessment of an activity that identifies the impact the activity might have on the privacy of individuals, and sets out recommendations for managing, minimising or eliminating that impact. A PIA addresses all Australian Privacy Principles and addresses community expectations. Under the Privacy Code, we must also maintain a register of the PIAs we conduct.

The PIAs we undertake are therefore also part of our approach to building community acceptance of and trust in our work.

Our Ethics Committee reviews applications for research projects and data collections, which addresses all applicable Australian Privacy Principles and equates to a PIA. Listings of Ethics Committee approved data linkage projects and data collections are provided on our website.

Our Ethics Committee also reviews PIAs for non-research projects involving any new or changed ways of handling personal information that are likely to have a significant impact on the privacy of individuals. Our list of PIAs will be updated as they are progressed.

For information on our privacy policy, please refer to the Privacy Policy on our website.