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A Guide to Privacy for Small Business.
**NOTE: updated with minor amendments 27 November 2007.

This Guide gives a brief introduction to Commonwealth privacy law for those small businesses that need to comply with the Privacy Act 1988. The Guide does not describe the law in detail. It is intended to provide useful pointers. Small businesses may wish to look at other information produced by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner or to seek legal or other advice if they are unsure about what the Privacy Act requires in more complex cases.

The Privacy Act currently protects personal information handled by large businesses and health service providers of any size. The Privacy Act also applies to some small businesses. Is your small business one with an annual turnover of $3 million or less that is: 

…a health service provider;

or … trading in personal information (e.g. buying or selling a mailing list);

or … related to a larger business (a related body corporate); 

or … a contractor that provides services under a Commonwealth contract;

or … a reporting entity for the purpose of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act);

or … an operator of a residential tenancy database?

If you could answer yes to any of these, your small business may need to comply with the Privacy Act.

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