2062.0 - Census Data Enhancement Project: An Update, Oct 2010  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/10/2010   
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Contents >> Confidentiality and Privacy



A fundamental aspect of the Census Data Enhancement (CDE) project is the management of confidentiality and privacy.

All personal information used in the CDE project will be kept confidential. The Census and Statistics Act 1905 guarantees this protection and legally prevents all ABS staff (including temporary employees) from disclosing information in a manner that is likely to enable the identification of a person or organisation. As a result, potentially identifiable personal information used in the CDE project will not be released to any individual or organisation outside the ABS.

The ABS has an excellent record of managing the personal information provided to it under the Census and Statistics Act 1905 over 100 years of operations. As a Commonwealth agency that has been set up with the function of gathering data from the community about a range of aspects of Australian life, the ABS undertakes its operations in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

This section describes the processes that the ABS has in place to manage the personal information used in the CDE project. As confidentiality management is fundamental to the ongoing business of the ABS, relevant current ABS practices and procedures in maintaining the confidentiality of the data collected are also described.

This section contains the following subsection :
      Legislative Protection
      Destruction of census forms and name and address information
      Access to ABS information
      Data security

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