Student Rights

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Schools collecting your information

What information can schools collect?

Privacy Act 1993, s 6 (principle 1)

Schools can only collect information that’s necessary for a school-related purpose. This would include:

The school’s responsibilities when it collects information

Privacy Act 1993, s 6 (principle 3)

When schools collect information from you, they must explain the following things to you:

These things should be explained to you before you give the information or, if that’s not practical, then as soon as possible afterwards.

However, there are some situations when the school doesn’t have to explain those things – for example: