The Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection was established by the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) in September 2014. The Act is designed to protect all information held by the Victorian public sector, including the personal information of individuals. The Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection’s mission is to safeguard Victorians’ information and support information innovation.

The Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection interacts with a number of privacy and data protection organisations. We are also a key member of privacy and data protection communities. Interacting with other Australian and international privacy and data protection organisations enables information sharing. Please click here for more information about these groups and communities.

 

From 1 September 2017, the Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) and the Office of the Freedom of Information Commissioner will be combined, creating the new Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC).

Under OVIC, the functions and powers of the former CPDP will remain largely the same and the Act makes no amendments to the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) or the Victorian Protective Data Security Standards (VPDSS) under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDPA). As a result, organisations that are bound by the PDPA should be aware that their obligations under the IPPs and the VPDSS will remain unchanged after 1 September.