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Privacy and human rights | Royal Commissions | Foreign Influence Transparency Register

Privacy and human rights

Q. I am concerned about my privacy given the significant changes being introduced as a result of COVID-19.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has provided advice on privacy in the context of COVID-19. This includes the guide Coronavirus (COVID-19): Understanding your privacy obligations to your staff.

Q. I need to use personal information in different ways due to COVID-19. Are my privacy obligations the same during the pandemic?
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has provided advice on privacy in the context of COVID-19. This includes the guide Coronavirus (COVID-19): Understanding your privacy obligations to your staff.

Q. Will my pre-existing complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner be progressed during the pandemic?
Visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website for further information about human rights.

Q. I am required to self-isolate or quarantine. Is this a breach of my human rights?
Please refer to the Australian Human Rights Commission for further information about human rights.

Q: What legal protections are being put in place to ensure my privacy in relation to the COVIDSafe App?
A: Full details of the legislation can be on the COVIDSafe draft legislation page

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Royal Commissions

Q. I want to engage with the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (also known as the Bushfire Royal Commission). How does COVID-19 affect me?
The Royal Commission into National Disaster Arrangements is adjusting its operations, including using technology to consult and gather information within public health guidelines. Community forums have been suspended.

Q. I want to engage with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. How does COVID-19 affect me?
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has suspended all public hearings and workshops until at least the end of May 2020, subject to ongoing review.

Following an extension, the Royal Commission will continue to accept submissions from interested members of the public and institutions until the end of June 2020. Due to the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for submissions is subject to continual monitoring. Submissions can be made online, by phone, in writing or by making an audio or video recording.​​

Q. I want to engage with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. How does COVID-19 affect me?
The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has suspended public hearings, community forums and face-to-face private sessions until further notice.

You can continue to tell the Royal Commission about your experience of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation by making a submission. You can do this by phone, in writing or by making an audio or video recording.

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Foreign Influence Transparency Register

Q. Can I continue to register on the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme register and the Australian Government Register of Lobbyists during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes. Visit the Australian Government Register of Lobbyists and Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme pages for more information, including registration obligations.

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