myHealth trials to commence

In May 2015, we reported that that the Australian Government had allocated $485 million over four years to the rollout of the myHealth Record system.  Health Minister Sussan Ley has now announced that trials in Far North Queensland and the NSW Blue Mountains region will commence from early 2016.  The Government is confident that the new health records management system will be hugely beneficial to users, as well as delivering savings to the Health portfolio.  However, a parliamentary committee on human rights has called on the Minister to explain what safeguards are in place to safeguard the privacy of users.

40th anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act

High Court Chief Justice Robert French has paid tribute to the architects of the Racial Discrimination Act on the 40th anniversary of its assent in 1975.

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Data retention changes

The Attorney-General’s Department has confirmed that service providers in Australian will be subject to new data retention obligations from 13 October 2015.  The changes will be reviewed after four years by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to determine the effectiveness and continuing need for the measures.  The Attorney-General’s Department has produced a fact sheet outlining the changes, available here: Keeping our community safe.