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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 17:43)
Part 5 Section 55
55   Administrative review of conduct by Tribunal
(1)  If a person who has made an application for internal review under section 53 is not satisfied with:
(a)  the findings of the review, or
(b)  the action taken by the public sector agency in relation to the application,
the person may apply to the Civil and Administrative Tribunal for an administrative review under the Administrative Decisions Review Act 1997 of the conduct that was the subject of the application under section 53.
(1A)  A person (the applicant) who is aggrieved by the conduct of a Minister (or a Minister’s personal staff) constituting a contravention of section 15 (Alteration of personal information) may apply to the Civil and Administrative Tribunal for an administrative review under the Administrative Decisions Review Act 1997 of the conduct.
(2)  On reviewing the conduct of the public sector agency concerned, the Tribunal may decide not to take any action on the matter, or it may make any one or more of the following orders:
(a)  subject to subsections (4) and (4A), an order requiring the public sector agency to pay to the applicant damages not exceeding $40,000 by way of compensation for any loss or damage suffered because of the conduct,
(b)  an order requiring the public sector agency to refrain from any conduct or action in contravention of an information protection principle or a privacy code of practice,
(c)  an order requiring the performance of an information protection principle or a privacy code of practice,
(d)  an order requiring personal information that has been disclosed to be corrected by the public sector agency,
(e)  an order requiring the public sector agency to take specified steps to remedy any loss or damage suffered by the applicant,
(f)  an order requiring the public sector agency not to disclose personal information contained in a public register,
(g)  such ancillary orders as the Tribunal thinks appropriate.
(3)  Nothing in this section limits any other powers that the Tribunal has under Division 3 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Administrative Decisions Review Act 1997.
(4)  The Tribunal may make an order under subsection (2) (a) only if:
(a)  the application relates to conduct that occurs after the end of the 12 month period following the date on which Division 1 of Part 2 commences, and
(b)  the Tribunal is satisfied that the applicant has suffered financial loss, or psychological or physical harm, because of the conduct of the public sector agency.
(4A)  The Tribunal may not make an order under subsection (2) (a) if:
(a)  the applicant is a convicted inmate or former convicted inmate or a spouse, partner (whether of the same or the opposite sex), relative, friend or an associate of a convicted inmate or former convicted inmate, and
(b)  the application relates to conduct of a public sector agency in relation to the convicted inmate or former convicted inmate, and
(c)  the conduct occurred while the convicted inmate or former convicted inmate was a convicted inmate, or relates to any period during which the convicted inmate or former convicted inmate was a convicted inmate.
(5)  If, in the course of an administrative review, the Tribunal is of the opinion that the chief executive officer or an employee of the public sector agency concerned has failed to exercise in good faith a function conferred or imposed on the officer or employee by or under this Act (including by or under a privacy code of practice), the Tribunal may take such measures as it considers appropriate to bring the matter to the attention of the responsible Minister (if any) for the public sector agency.
(6)  The Privacy Commissioner is to be notified by the Tribunal of any application for an administrative review. The Privacy Commissioner has a right to appear and be heard in any proceedings before the Tribunal in relation to an administrative review.
(7)  The Information Commissioner is to be notified by the Tribunal of any application for a review under this section that concerns the provision of government information by an agency (within the meaning of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009). The Information Commissioner has a right to appear and be heard in any proceedings before the Tribunal in relation to such a review.