Part IIIA of the Privacy Act governs the handling of credit reports and other credit worthiness information about individuals by credit reporting agencies and credit providers. The Privacy Act ensures that the use of this information is restricted to assessing applications for credit lodged with a credit provider and other legitimate activities involved with giving credit.
Commercial credit information is not regulated by Part IIIA of the Privacy Act, however it is regulated by the National Privacy Principles where a credit reporting agency is bound by them.
See the Credit Reporting section for more information.
See the Office’s Law reform and Credit and finance pages for information on the Australian Government’s proposed changes to Part IIIA of the Privacy Act and a revised, binding credit code under the Privacy Act.