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Contents (1998 - 133)
Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 No 133
Current version for 1 July 2017 to date (accessed 19 November 2017 at 17:39)
Part 1 Section 3
3   Definitions
(1)  In this Act:
Commonwealth agency means an entity referred to in paragraph (a)–(h) of the definition of agency in the Privacy Act 1988 of the Commonwealth.
convicted inmate has the same meaning as it has in the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999.
exercise a function includes perform a duty.
function includes a power, authority or duty.
Information Commissioner means the Information Commissioner under the Government Information (Information Commissioner) Act 2009.
information protection principle or principle means a provision set out in Division 1 of Part 2.
investigative agency means:
(a)  any of the following:
(i)  the Ombudsman’s Office,
(ii)  the Independent Commission Against Corruption,
(iii)  the Inspector of the Independent Commission Against Corruption,
(iv)  the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission,
(v)  the Inspector of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission and any staff of the Inspector,
(vi)  the Health Care Complaints Commission,
(vii)  the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner,
(viii)  a person or body prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this definition, or
(b)  any other public sector agency with investigative functions if:
(i)  those functions are exercisable under the authority of an Act or statutory rule (or where that authority is necessarily implied or reasonably contemplated under an Act or statutory rule), and
(ii)  the exercise of those functions may result in the agency taking or instituting disciplinary, criminal or other formal action or proceedings against a person or body under investigation, or
(c)  a public sector agency conducting an investigation for or on behalf of an agency referred to in paragraph (a) or (b).
law enforcement agency means any of the following:
(a)  the NSW Police Force, or the police force of another State or a Territory,
(b)  the New South Wales Crime Commission,
(c)  the Australian Federal Police,
(d)  the Australian Crime Commission,
(e)  the Director of Public Prosecutions of New South Wales, of another State or a Territory, or of the Commonwealth,
(f)  the Department of Justice,
(g)    (Repealed)
(g1)  the Office of the Sheriff of New South Wales,
(h)  a person or body prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this definition.
local government authority means a council, or a county council, within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1993.
personal information is defined in section 4.
privacy code of practice or code means a privacy code of practice made under Part 3.
Privacy Commissioner means the Privacy Commissioner appointed under this Act.
public register means a register of personal information that is required by law to be, or is made, publicly available or open to public inspection (whether or not on payment of a fee).
public sector agency means any of the following:
(a)  a Public Service agency or the Teaching Service,
(a1)  the office of a political office holder within the meaning of the Members of Parliament Staff Act 2013, being the office comprising the persons employed by the political office holder under Part 2 of that Act,
(b)  a statutory body representing the Crown,
(c)    (Repealed)
(d)  a person or body in relation to whom, or to whose functions, an account is kept of administration or working expenses, if the account:
(i)  is part of the accounts prepared under the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983, or
(ii)  is required by or under any Act to be audited by the Auditor-General, or
(iii)  is an account with respect to which the Auditor-General has powers under any law, or
(iv)  is an account with respect to which the Auditor-General may exercise powers under a law relating to the audit of accounts if requested to do so by a Minister of the Crown,
(e)  the NSW Police Force,
(e1)    (Repealed)
(f)  a local government authority,
(g)  a person or body that:
(i)  provides data services (being services relating to the collection, processing, disclosure or use of personal information or that provide for access to such information) for or on behalf of a body referred to in paragraph (a)–(f) of this definition, or that receives funding from any such body in connection with providing data services, and
(ii)  is prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this definition,
but does not include a State owned corporation.
Note.
 Section 4B enables the regulations to declare that a public sector agency is to be regarded as being part of another public sector agency for the purposes of this Act. It also enables the regulations to declare that a part of a public sector agency is to be regarded as being a separate public sector agency from the public sector agency of which it forms part for the purposes of this Act.
public sector official means any of the following:
(a)  a person appointed by the Governor, or a Minister, to a statutory office,
(b)  a judicial officer within the meaning of the Judicial Officers Act 1986,
(c)  a person employed in the Public Service, the Transport Service of New South Wales, the Teaching Service, the NSW Health Service or the NSW Police Force,
(c1)  a person employed by a political office holder under Part 2 of the Members of Parliament Staff Act 2013,
(c2)  a person employed by a member of Parliament under Part 3 of the Members of Parliament Staff Act 2013,
(d)  a local government councillor or a person employed by a local government authority,
(e)  a person who is an officer of the Legislative Council or Legislative Assembly or who is employed by (or who is under the control of) the President of the Legislative Council or the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, or both,
(f)  a person who is employed or engaged by:
(i)  a public sector agency, or
(ii)  a person referred to in paragraph (a)–(e),
(g)  a person who acts for or on behalf of, or in the place of, or as deputy or delegate of, a public sector agency or person referred to in paragraph (a)–(e).
publicly available publication does not include any publication or document declared by the regulations not to be a publicly available document for the purposes of this Act.
staff of the Inspector of the Independent Commission Against Corruption means:
(a)  any staff employed under section 57E (1) or (2) of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988, and
(b)  any consultants engaged under section 57E (3) of that Act.
staff of the Inspector of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission means:
(a)  any staff employed under section 128 (1) of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Act 2016, and
(b)  any consultants engaged under section 128 (4) (c) of that Act.
State record has the same meaning as in the State Records Act 1998.
Tribunal means the Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
(2)  Notes included in this Act are explanatory notes and do not form part of this Act.