Privacy at Western Sydney University

Privacy Legislation

Western Sydney University is subject to the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act, 1998 (PPIPA). The Act provides a set of principles that public sector bodies, including universities must comply with. It regulates the collection, storage, use and disclosure of 'personal information'. The University is committed to fair information handling practices in all of its activities.

The University is also subject to the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIPA) that has effect from 1 September 2004. This Act also operates by way of a set of defined principles that organisations must comply with in the collection, storage, use and disclosure of health information about individuals.

Hot Issues - Common Privacy Issues and Questions

The Hot Issues page gives practical advice on common privacy issues and questions that occur at the University.

Health Privacy

Information about health privacy legislation and its application to the University are contained in the Privacy Policy and the Privacy Management Plan (see document links below). Further, Privacy NSW, the NSW government agency with responsibility for privacy has a range of explanatory information available on its website, the link for which also appears below. In particular, Privacy NSW has available a plain English guide to the Act titled Handbook to Health Privacy.

A brochure is available for download for students who undertake placement or training in the health sector, as there are special requirements related to health service providers that these students will need to know. A copy of this brochure can be downloaded from the link below.

General Contacts

The privacy contact point is the Privacy Officer.

Students with general inquiries about their personal information held by the University should approach the Student Centre for their campus. Staff should contact the Office of People and Culture.

Privacy related policies and documents

Approved University policies and related documents relevant to privacy are as follows:

Privacy Training

A privacy training program is available for staff to complete online, at MyCareer Online. Select Register Now to complete the training. For assistance with accessing the training program, go to How to Register for more information. 

For more details about privacy training and any specialist needs contact the Privacy Officer on

Privacy Complaints

Where a person believes that their privacy may have been, or is likely to be breached by the University they are able to seek an Internal Review in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Privacy Management Plan.

For further information you should consult the Privacy Management Plan. Download an Internal Review application form (PDF, 511.09 KB).(opens in a new window)

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