Requirements for Information Communication (2007 Edition)

Compliance with legislation

Page last updated: 14 January 2008

Standard

S1.1
The laboratory must comply with the appropriate jurisdictional privacy legislation and/or regulation appropriate to the ownership status (i.e. whether it is a public or private laboratory) and site of the laboratory.

Commentary

C1.1
Table 1 indicates the legislation and regulations that apply in each state and territory of Australia.

Table 1 Laboratory compliance with state and territory privacy legislation and regulations

          State or territory

          Public sector laboratory

          Private sector laboratory

          Australian Capital Territory
          Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth)
          Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1977
          Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth)
          Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1977
          New South Wales
          Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998
          Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002
          Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth)
          Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002
          Northern Territory
          Information Act 2002
          Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth)
          Queensland
          Information Standards 42A (Health)
          Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth)
          South Australia
          Information Privacy Principles
          Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth)
          Tasmania
          Personal Information Protection Act 2004
          Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth)
          Victoria
          Information Privacy Act 2000
          Health Records Act 2001
          Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth)
          Health Records Act 2001
          Western Australia
          Health Act 1911
          Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth)

Guideline

G1.1
Where possible, laboratory practice should be consistent with the policies of all jurisdictions.