The APF comprises professionals who have background in a wide variety of professions, industries and technologies. They bring their expertise to bear on proposals and issues by gathering evidence, drawing evidence-based conclusions, and providing verbal and written submissions. Moreover, APF members generally perform this work pro bono, as volunteers, in the public interest. Organisations that listen, and use the information provided, achieve high returns on their investment.

The APF participates in consultations with proponents of projects that have potentially negative privacy impacts. Where possible, it also works with proponents of privacy protective measures, including laws, codes, organisational measures, business processes, system design features and privacy enhancing technologies (PETs).

The APF undertakes consultations with organisations of many kinds. These include corporations (e.g. Google), industry and professional associations (e.g. Communications Alliance, Universities Australia, Media Alliance), oversight agencies (e.g. the Australian Privacy Commissioner), government agencies in all jurisdictions (e.g. the Office of Transport Security, the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Depatrment, Centrelink, Queensland Transport, Penrith City Council) and multi-governmental organisations (e.g. the National eHealth Transition Authority – NEHTA).

However, in order to commit the time, effort and opportunity-cost involved in participating in consultations, APF members expect that the organisation sponsoring the project will be committed, and that the process will be effective. Unfortunately, that has not always been the case.

This Policy Statement identifies the key features of effective consultations, and aspects that undermine them.

Positive Indicators of Effective Consultations




Negative Indicators