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In a significant move, Queensland’s parliament has approved a mandatory data breach notification scheme, becoming the second Australian state after New South Wales to enact such legislation.

The scheme is set to impact state agencies from mid-2025 and local governments from mid-2026. Queensland’s Attorney-General, highlighted that the new legislation aims to enhance data security awareness and encourage proactive measures to prevent and manage data breaches. She emphasized that the scheme’s implementation is crucial for building public confidence in Queensland’s privacy laws, especially in the wake of high-profile data breaches in recent years. The mandatory data breach notification scheme aligns with the Commonwealth Privacy Act and is part of a broader set of privacy-related changes, including reforms to the right-to-information framework and increased criminal sanctions for the misuse of restricted computers.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast