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Submissions for this consultation closed on Thursday, 27 July 2017

Australia is to participate in the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system.

The APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System was developed by participating APEC economies with the aim of building consumer, business and regulator trust in cross border flows of personal information.

It requires participating businesses to develop and implement data privacy policies consistent with the APEC Privacy Framework. These policies and practices are assessed against the minimum program requirements of the APEC CBPR system by an Accountability Agent (which is an independent APEC recognised private sector entity). By applying a commonly agreed upon baseline set of rules, the CBPR system bridges differences that may exist between different domestic privacy approaches.

In July 2017, the Australian Government invited businesses and other interested stakeholders to comment on a discussion paper about the implications of Australia’s possible participation in the CBPR system. As a result of this consultation and other advice received, the government will take forward Australia’s application to participate in the system.    

Over the coming months, our department will work with Australia’s privacy regulator, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and businesses to implement the CBPR system requirements in a way that will ensure long term benefits for Australian businesses and consumers.


Submissions received by our department during the consultation period (other than hard copy submissions) are available below:

If you require an alternate version of the submissions, contact cbprconsultation@ag.gov.au.