About student privacy at UNSW
At UNSW, students are responsible for maintaining their enrolment and personal details on their University record. The University sees this as an important step in preparing students for responsible adulthood. We understand that this transformation does not happen overnight and that the process can be problematic and confusing for families and students alike. Many students have grown up with their parents as active partners in their academic lives and parents are often surprised to learn that the University does not automatically include parents when notifying students of their assessment results or tuition fees.
We urge you to discuss these issues with your son or daughter and to maintain an open dialogue throughout their UNSW career.
The University is committed to safeguarding the privacy of student information, and has implemented measures to comply with its obligations under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) ("the Act”). All staff are bound by the Act and by the UNSW Privacy Management Plan. However the University will, of course, share information with parents when authorised to do so by the student via the Third Party Authorisation form which the student must submit in person at Student Central. Family support is essential to your student's success, and we hope that early discussion will encourage ongoing communication and support.
The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) (PIPPA) applies to State public sector agencies, which, by definition, includes the majority of academic and administrative units at UNSW. The Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 (Commonwealth) applies to organisations in the private sector and includes some units at UNSW such as NewSouth Global and Arc @ UNSW.
Generally, personal information is not disclosed to a third party without the individual’s consent. In the case of an emergency, or in exceptional circumstances, where a student’s safety may potentially be jeopardised, a senior officer may authorise the release of personal information. In all circumstances the University is conscious of its obligations with respect to privacy.
Read more about the UNSW Privacy Code of Practice.