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About us

The Privacy Commissioner's Office has a wide range of functions. All of the Privacy Commissioner's functions are listed in section 13 of the Privacy Act 1993.

Key areas of work include:

  • making public statements on matters affecting individual privacy
  • investigating complaints about breaches of privacy
  • building and promoting an understanding of the privacy principles
  • monitoring and examining the impact that technology has upon privacy
  • developing codes of practice for specific industries or sectors
  • examining new legislation for its possible impact on individual privacy
  • monitoring data matching programmes between government departments
  • inquiring into any matter where it appears that individual privacy may be affected.

Making the Future: our technology strategy - View the strategy document.

For more information:

If you need to know something about privacy, ask your question, or if you don't get an answer to your question, send us your enquiry using this form. If you still need help, then phone us on 0800 803 909 (Monday - Friday between 10.00 am - 3.00 pm).  

If you want to make a complaint about a breach of your privacy, see Your rights.

To read the 12 privacy principles or to find a particular code of practice, see Privacy Act and codes.

To find out more about how the Privacy Act affects your business or organisation, see Privacy for agencies.

To find out more about how technology affects individual privacy, see Keeping safe online.

The Office actively participates in international privacy networks. To find out more about privacy in an international context see, privacy network links.

To find media releases, speeches or other publications see, News and publications. To read our posts, see our blog.

To find out more about e-learning programmes or seminars, see Forums and seminars.

If you want to find out more about data matching between government departments or approved information sharing agreements (AISAs) and how it operates, see our information sharing section.