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Important COVID-19 information
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Attorney-General’s Department: Find out how our services are being delivered and how you can access them. For the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from the Australian Government, visit Australia.gov.au

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Privacy and human rights

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.

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.

Visit the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner website for further information about privacy complaints.

Please refer to the Australian Human Rights Commission for further information about human rights.

Full details of the legislation can be on the COVIDSafe legislation page

Royal Commissions

The Royal Commission into National Disaster Arrangements has adjusted its operations in line with the Australian Government’s health advice about COVID-19. This includes digital rather than in-person engagement. Find out more on the Bushfire Royal Commission website.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has resumed hearings and workshops. However, there is currently no public access, subject to ongoing review. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is based on Australian Government advice.

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability resumed public activities in August 2020. Private sessions have also resumed. All Royal Commission activities and engagement are subject to change, in keeping with COVID-19 restrictions.

Hearings planned for the rest of the year will be conducted in a COVID-safe way. This includes using video conferencing. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most witnesses will appear by video. Hearings will be livestreamed on the Royal Commission website. Due to restrictions, the hearing room will not be open to the public.

You can also share your experiences with the Royal Commission:

  • by phone
  • in writing
  • via audio or video recording.

Foreign Influence Transparency Register

Yes. Visit the Australian Government Register of Lobbyists and Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme pages for more information, including registration obligations.