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When schools can give your information to others

What information can a school pass on if I transfer to a new school?

Education Act 1989, s 77A(2)

Schools are required to collect enrolment information and to pass it on to any school that you transfer to. This includes your academic record. However, schools should consider exactly which information they need to send on, and shouldn’t transfer everything in the your record. For example, it may not be appropriate to forward information about your family circumstances or religious beliefs without first getting your permission.

Can a school give information about a student to government agencies?

Schools usually need a student’s permission before they can give out information to an outside agency or individual.

However, in certain situations schools are legally permitted – and sometimes required – to give out information:

What about giving out information to other people outside the school?

Privacy Act 1993, s 6 (principle 11)

Schools must look after students’ information and not pass it on to anyone outside the school, unless they’re legally required or permitted to do this. Schools can release information if, for example: