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5.14 Information on other specific statutory provisions

The following information addresses other reportable items required by specific statutory provisions.

National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013

No directions or ministerial statements were given to the Agency under sections 121 and 125 of the NDIS Act, and no legislative instruments were made during 2019–20.

Privacy Act 1988

The Agency complies with its privacy obligations as required under both the Privacy Act 1988 and the NDIS Act.

Compliance includes the Agency ensuring its practices and procedures are consistent with requirements under the Australian Privacy Principles, the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme and the Australian Government Agencies Privacy Code, such as having an established privacy policy and privacy management plan, and maintaining privacy incident and privacy impact assessment registers.

The Agency actively promotes privacy awareness through the appointment of a Privacy Champion and Privacy Officer, and through the ongoing development of training materials for Agency staff. Advice is also provided to staff regarding the Agency’s privacy obligations under law, particularly as it relates to ensuring promotion of one of the general principles guiding actions under the NDIS Act, which is to ensure that people with disability have their privacy and dignity respected.

In 2019–20, the Agency received six privacy complaints lodged with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, and seven complaints were resolved during that period.

Freedom of Information Act 1982

Agencies subject to the FOI Act are required to make information publicly available as part of the Information Publication Scheme.

Each agency must display on its website a plan showing what information it publishes in accordance with the Information Publication Scheme requirements. To see the Agency’s plan, go to www.ndis.gov.au.