Friday, 28 February 2014 15:16

ICT recruiters brush up on new privacy guidelines


The Information Technology Contract & Recruitment Association (ITCRA) has committed to further work with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to ensure clarity for the IT recruitment industry on the newly released Australian Privacy Principles (APP) guidelines.

The OAIC released the guidelines a week ago and ICTRA CEO Julie Mills said today the association is committed to using the “plethora of questions that are developing” as the basis for further submissions to the OAIC to ensure there is "clarity for the industry on the unique nuances of the contract and recruitment sector, particularly in relation to data and communication management.”

Mills said the contract and recruitment sector was in a pivotal position to educate and inform the client and contractor marketplace about the new privacy guidelines, with the association having been preparing companies in the sector for the changes since mid last year.

Mills said the program, including a workshop and document and practice review, to educate recruitment companies about the privacy guidelines had been rolled out by ITCRA with a team of auditors from Certex International, supported by Andrew Wood as an adviser and financial support from OAMPS Insurance Brokers.

“This program continues to demonstrate ITCRA’s leading edge services for all those engaged in the ICT industry.

“The program is intensive and requires whole of company commitment but has been acclaimed by those who participate not only for the detail but also for the resources and the detailed Q&A support that is available.

“With the Act in force on 12 March 2014, I am pleased most of our members will have completed their due diligence in this area.”

Dianne Gibert, Managing Director of Certex International, whose audit team is responsible for delivering the program, said: “What has been pleasing is the service suppliers as well as non ITCRA members who have taken the opportunity to review their procedures and practices and use the communication mapping exercise and the templates to develop best practice in this crucial area of data management and personal information collection, storage and transfer.”


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