Does the Privacy Act allow agencies to share information about my child?

The Privacy Act limits how agencies can use and disclose personal information. However, a number of exceptions allow agencies to disclose information if they have concerns about a child’s health or safety. 

There are also specific provisions in the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 (external link) that allow agencies to report concerns about the health and wellbeing of children. 

If information about your child has been disclosed and you are unhappy about this, we suggest you contact the agency which disclosed the information in the first instance and ask it to explain its reasons for doing so. 

If this doesn’t resolve your concerns you may want to make a complaint to us. 

However, you should note that if the agency disclosed the information in good faith because of concerns about your child’s safety, their actions may not raise any issues we can help you with.

You can also check out the Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki website (external link) about what anyone who is worried about a child can do or where they can get advice.