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Privacy Act & codes

Summary

A health agency that holds health information must not keep that information for longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the information may be lawfully used.

Full rule

(1) A health agency that holds health information must not keep that information for longer than is required for the purposes for which the information may lawfully be used.

(2) Subrule (1) does not prohibit any agency from keeping any document that contains health information the retention of which is necessary or desirable for the purposes of providing health services or disability services to the individual concerned.

(3) This rule applies to health information obtained before or after the commencement of this code.

Note: An action is not in breach of this rule if it is authorised or required by or under law: Privacy Act, section 7(4).