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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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8 March 2016

Strengthening privacy protections for veterans

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has asked for an independent Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the Digital Readiness Bill’s public interest disclosure rules once they have been finalised.

“The Digital Readiness Bill’s rules are designed to strengthen privacy protections for veterans as their first priority. These rules will codify safeguards about the use of personal information,” Mr Tehan said.

“In consultation with the veteran community, I have asked for an independent PIA to be conducted outside of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs by the Australian Government Solicitor once the rules are finalised. This is in addition to the PIA we have already conducted when the rules were initially drafted.

“Under the rules, private information and records will be protected. Both PIAs will be released to the public before the rules are tabled in the Parliament, as part of the continuing, comprehensive consultation process.

“I welcome any further input from the veteran community and the public. Anyone who wants to have their say can email my office on minister@dva.gov.au.”

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.