Your website needs a Privacy Policy

In Australia, the requirements for a website to have a privacy policy depend on various factors, including the nature of the business, the type of information it collects, and its annual turnover.

Under the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which are part of the Privacy Act 1988, certain types of organisations are required to have a clearly articulated privacy policy. These organisations typically include:

  • Government agencies.
  • Organisations with an annual turnover of more than AUD 3 million.
  • Some small businesses with an annual turnover of AUD 3 million or less, particularly if they:
    • Provide a health service and hold health information.
    • Disclose personal information about another individual to anyone else for a benefit, service, or advantage.
    • Provide a service for collecting or disclosing personal information, among others.

    Even if a small business does not strictly fall under the APPs, it’s considered a best practice to have a clear and accessible privacy policy. This policy should explain the use of tools like Google Analytics and how they impact visitors’ privacy, and clearly outline how the business collects, uses, stores, and protects the personal information obtained through the contact form.

    More information on Australian Privacy Laws can be found on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website.

    One option for obtaining a Privacy Policy for your website is using Legal123. Legal123 is an Australian law firm founded in 2009. By completing a simple online form, they will provide you with a Website Privacy Policy for $79 + GST.

    Alternatively, you can contact your lawyer for advice

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