Can private schools disclose non-educational related personal information about students to their parents?
Yes. Generally, non-educational material can be given to a parent where the student would reasonably expect this to happen.
Under the Privacy Act, schools need to consider:
- the age of the student
- the nature of the information
- the student’s expectations about what information might be disclosed.
Clear policy documents available to parents and students could include what non-educational disclosures the school might make. Example: counselling records.
Where sensitive information is involved, schools will need to consider:
- the age and best interests of the student
- the need for parents to be informed
- the school's duty of care to the student.
Threat to life or health
A school can disclose information to a parent where it is necessary to lessen or prevent a serious or imminent threat to a student's or someone elses's life, health or safety.
Need more information?
- 10 Steps Guides to protecting personal information
- Guidelines to the National Privacy Principles, see sections:
- NPP 2 - Use and Disclosure
- NPP 5 - Openness policy documents
- NPP 10 - Sensitive information
- The National Privacy Principles