The information can be in any form, including photographs and sound or video recordings.
The Act allows people to access their personal information held by a 'personal information custodian' which is:
The Act defines 'basic personal information' as 'the name, residential address, postal address, date of birth and gender of an individual'.
Health information includes records concerning physical, mental or psychological health and disability.
The Act defines sensitive information as:
' personal information or an opinion relating to personal information about an individual's -
(i) racial or ethnic origin; or
(ii) political opinions; or
(iii) membership of a political association; or
(iv) religious beliefs or affiliations; or
(v) philosophical beliefs; or
(vi) membership of a professional or trade association; or
(vii) membership of a trade union; or
(viii) sexual preferences or practices; or
(ix) criminal record; and
(b) health information about an individual'
A person can ask for personal information to be changed if it is 'incorrect, incomplete, out of date or misleading'.
The Act applies to the personal information of people who have died. Rights can then be exercised by the next of kin.
The Personal Information Protection Act, which protects and provides access to personal information, is different from the Right to Information Act, which deals with the broader activities of government.
We do not currently have any photographs linked to this entry. If you know of any additional photographs, please contact us.
The Find & Connect Support Service can help people who lived in orphanages and children's institutions look for their records.
21 December 2022
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/tas/TE00957
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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