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HEALTH RECORDS ACT 2001 - NOTES

Version No. 046

No. 2 of 2001
Version incorporating amendments as at
27 August 2020

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Version No. 046

Health Records Act 2001

No. 2 of 2001

Version incorporating amendments as at
27 August 2020

Endnotes

    1     General information

See www.legislation.vic.gov.au for Victorian Bills, Acts and current Versions of legislation and up-to-date legislative information.

Minister's second reading speech—

Legislative Assembly: 23 November 2000

Legislative Council: 22 March 2001

The long title for the Bill for this Act was "A Bill to establish a regime for the protection of health information held by health service providers and other organisations, to create an enforceable right of access to health information, to establish privacy standards for health information, to amend the Parliamentary Committees Act 1968, the Ombudsman Act 1973, the Freedom of Information Act 1982, the Health Services (Conciliation and Review) Act 1987, the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 and certain other Acts and for other purposes."

Constitution Act 1975:

Section 85(5) statement:

Legislative Assembly: 23 November 2000

Legislative Council: 22 March 2001

Absolute majorities:

Legislative Assembly: 20 March 2001

Legislative Council: 3 April 2001

The Health Records Act 2001 was assented to on 10 April 2001 and came into operation as follows:

Ss 1–6, 22–24, 84, 87(a)(b)(k)(m)–(o)(q)(r), 88–91, 94, 100,
105(c)–(e)(i)(f)–(k)(n), 107(b)(c), 111(2)(a)(3)(5) on 16 November 2001: Government Gazette 15 November 2001 page 2839; ss 7, 8, 13–17, 19, 85, 86(2)–(5), 93, 95–99, 103(1)(2)(b), 109, 111(1), Schedule 1 on 1 March 2002: Government Gazette 28 February 2002 page 318; rest of Act on 1 July 2002: section 2(2).

INTERPRETATION OF LEGISLATION ACT 1984 (ILA)

Style changes

Section 54A of the ILA authorises the making of the style changes set out in Schedule 1 to that Act.

References to ILA s. 39B

Sidenotes which cite ILA s. 39B refer to section 39B of the ILA which provides that where an undivided section or clause of a Schedule is amended by the insertion of one or more subsections or subclauses, the original section or clause becomes subsection or subclause (1) and is amended by the insertion of the expression "(1)" at the beginning of the original section or clause.

Interpretation

As from 1 January 2001, amendments to section 36 of the ILA have the following effects:

•     Headings

All headings included in an Act which is passed on or after 1 January 2001 form part of that Act. Any heading inserted in an Act which was passed before 1 January 2001, by an Act passed on or after 1 January 2001, forms part of that Act. This includes headings to Parts, Divisions or Subdivisions in a Schedule; sections; clauses; items; tables; columns; examples; diagrams; notes or forms. See section 36(1A)(2A).

•     Examples, diagrams or notes

All examples, diagrams or notes included in an Act which is passed on or after 1 January 2001 form part of that Act. Any examples, diagrams or notes inserted in an Act which was passed before 1 January 2001, by an Act passed on or after 1 January 2001, form part of that Act. See section 36(3A).

•     Punctuation

All punctuation included in an Act which is passed on or after 1 January 2001 forms part of that Act. Any punctuation inserted in an Act which was passed before 1 January 2001, by an Act passed on or after 1 January 2001, forms part of that Act. See section 36(3B).

•     Provision numbers

All provision numbers included in an Act form part of that Act, whether inserted in the Act before, on or after 1 January 2001. Provision numbers include section numbers, subsection numbers, paragraphs and subparagraphs. See section 36(3C).

•     Location of "legislative items"

A "legislative item" is a penalty, an example or a note. As from 13 October 2004, a legislative item relating to a provision of an Act is taken to be at the foot of that provision even if it is preceded or followed by another legislative item that relates to that provision. For example, if a penalty at the foot of a provision is followed by a note, both of these legislative items will be regarded as being at the foot of that provision. See section 36B.

•     Other material

Any explanatory memorandum, table of provisions, endnotes, index and other material printed after the Endnotes does not form part of an Act.
See section 36(3)(3D)(3E).

    2     Table of Amendments

This publication incorporates amendments made to the Health Records Act 2001 by Acts and subordinate instruments.

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Statute Law Amendment (Relationships) Act 2001, No. 27/2001

Assent Date:

12.6.01

Commencement Date:

S. 6(Sch. 4 item 4) on 28.6.01: Government Gazette 28.6.01 p. 1428

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Health Practitioner Acts (Further Amendments) Act 2002, No. 14/2002

Assent Date:

7.5.02

Commencement Date:

Ss 48, 49 on 8.5.02: s. 2(1)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Australian Crime Commission (State Provisions) Act 2003, No. 52/2003

Assent Date:

16.6.03

Commencement Date:

S. 52(Sch. 1 item 5) on 17.6.03: s. 2(1)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Health Legislation (Further Amendment) Act 2003, No. 98/2003

Assent Date:

2.12.03

Commencement Date:

S. 12 on 3.12.03: s. 2(1)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Parliamentary Committees Act 2003, No. 110/2003

Assent Date:

9.12.03

Commencement Date:

S. 57 on 10.12.03: s. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Public Administration Act 2004, No. 108/2004

Assent Date:

21.12.04

Commencement Date:

S. 117(1)(Sch. 3 item 95) on 5.4.05: Government Gazette 31.3.05 p. 602

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Legal Profession (Consequential Amendments) Act 2005, No. 18/2005

Assent Date:

24.5.05

Commencement Date:

S. 18(Sch. 1 item 48) on 12.12.05: Government Gazette 1.12.05 p. 2781

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Health Professions Registration Act 2005, No. 97/2005

Assent Date:

7.12.05

Commencement Date:

S. 182(Sch. 4 item 26) on 1.7.07: s. 2(3)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Disability Act 2006, No. 23/2006

Assent Date:

16.5.06

Commencement Date:

S. 241 on 1.7.07: s. 2(3)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Statute Law Revision Act 2007, No. 28/2007

Assent Date:

26.6.07

Commencement Date:

S. 3(Sch. item 30) on 27.6.07: s. 2(1)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Relationships Act 2008, No. 12/2008

Assent Date:

15.4.08

Commencement Date:

S. 73(1)(Sch. 1 item 29) on 1.12.08: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Family Violence Protection Act 2008, No. 52/2008

Assent Date:

23.9.08

Commencement Date:

S. 250 on 8.12.08: Special Gazette (No. 339) 4.12.08 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Stalking Intervention Orders Act 2008, No. 68/2008

Assent Date:

18.11.08

Commencement Date:

S. 77 on 8.12.08: Special Gazette (No. 339) 4.12.08 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Statute Law Amendment (Evidence Consequential Provisions) Act 2009, No. 69/2009

Assent Date:

24.11.09

Commencement Date:

S. 54(Sch. Pt 1 item 29) on 1.1.10: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Statute Law Amendment (National Health Practitioner Regulation) Act 2010, No. 13/2010

Assent Date:

30.3.10

Commencement Date:

S. 51(Sch. item 28) on 1.7.10: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010, No. 53/2010

Assent Date:

7.9.10

Commencement Date:

S. 221(Sch. item 6) on 5.9.11: Special Gazette (No. 271) 23.8.11 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Freedom of Information Amendment (Freedom of Information Commissioner) Act 2012, No. 6/2012

Assent Date:

6.3.12

Commencement Date:

Ss 36–38 on 1.12.12: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment Act 2012, No. 82/2012

Assent Date:

18.12.12

Commencement Date:

S. 289 on 10.2.13: Special Gazette (No. 32) 6.2.13 p. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014, No. 17/2014

Assent Date:

25.3.14

Commencement Date:

S. 160(Sch. 2 item 47) on 1.7.15: Special Gazette (No. 151) 16.6.15 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Victoria Police Amendment (Consequential and Other Matters) Act 2014, No. 37/2014

Assent Date:

3.6.14

Commencement Date:

S. 10(Sch. item 77) on 1.7.14: Special Gazette (No. 200) 24.6.14 p. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Powers of Attorney Act 2014, No. 57/2014

Assent Date:

26.8.14

Commencement Date:

S. 153 on 1.9.15: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, No. 60/2014

Assent Date:

2.9.14

Commencement Date:

S. 140(Sch. 3 item 25) on 17.9.14: Special Gazette (No. 317) 16.9.14 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Inquiries Act 2014, No. 67/2014

Assent Date:

23.9.14

Commencement Date:

S. 147(Sch. 2 item 19) on 15.10.14: Special Gazette (No. 364) 14.10.14 p. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Access to Medicinal Cannabis Act 2016, No. 20/2016

Assent Date:

26.4.16

Commencement Date:

S. 147 on 14.9.16: Special Gazette (No. 284) 13.9.16 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Health Complaints Act 2016, No. 22/2016

Assent Date:

3.5.16

Commencement Date:

Ss 178–232 on 1.2.17: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment (A Stronger System) Act 2016, No. 30/2016

Assent Date:

31.5.16

Commencement Date:

S. 81 on 1.7.16: Special Gazette (No. 194) 21.6.16 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

National Domestic Violence Order Scheme Act 2016, No. 53/2016

Assent Date:

18.10.16

Commencement Date:

S. 102 on 25.11.17: Special Gazette (No. 388) 15.11.17 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016, No. 69/2016

Assent Date:

29.11.16

Commencement Date:

S. 157 on 12.3.18: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Freedom of Information Amendment (Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner) Act 2017, No. 20/2017

Assent Date:

16.5.17

Commencement Date:

S. 134(Sch. 1 item 10) on 1.9.17: s. 2(3)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Family Violence Protection Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2017, No. 23/2017

Assent Date:

14.6.17

Commencement Date:

Ss 18, 19 on 26.2.18: Special Gazette (No. 40) 6.2.18 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Amendment (Governance) Act 2017, No. 57/2017

Assent Date:

8.11.17

Commencement Date:

S. 49 on 27.2.18: Special Gazette (No. 49) 13.2.18 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017, No. 61/2017

Assent Date:

5.12.17

Commencement Date:

S. 139 on 19.6.19: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018, No. 11/2018

Assent Date:

10.4.18

Commencement Date:

S. 42 on 11.4.18: Special Gazette (No. 164) 10.4.18 p. 1; s. 30 on 27.9.18: Special Gazette (No. 405) 4.9.18 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Serious Offenders Act 2018, No. 27/2018

Assent Date:

26.6.18

Commencement Date:

S. 360 on 3.9.18: Special Gazette (No. 356) 31.7.18 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Guardianship and Administration Act 2019, No. 13/2019

Assent Date:

4.6.19

Commencement Date:

S. 221(Sch. 1 item 19) on 1.3.20: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Disability (National Disability Insurance Scheme Transition) Amendment Act 2019, No. 19/2019

Assent Date:

25.6.19

Commencement Date:

S. 264 on 1.7.19: Special Gazette (No. 254) 25.6.19 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Health Legislation Amendment and Repeal Act 2019, No. 34/2019

Assent Date:

22.10.19

Commencement Date:

S. 49 on 23.10.19: s. 2(1); s. 86 on 27.8.20: s. 2(3)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

Local Government Act 2020, No. 9/2020

Assent Date:

24.3.20

Commencement Date:

S. 390(Sch. 1 item 51) on 6.4.20: Special Gazette (No. 150) 24.3.20 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Health Records Act 2001

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    3     Amendments Not in Operation

This version does not contain amendments that are not yet in operation.

    4     Explanatory details


[1]S. 25(1): Section 5 defines what is meant by this expression.

[2]S. 26: See also Division 3 of Part 5 and HPP 6.3.

[3]S. 27: HPP 1.7 relates to the collection of information given in confidence.

[4]S. 45(1): Section 18 defines what is meant by this expression.

[5]S. 64(1): Section 18 defines what is meant by this expression.

[6]S. 96: See also HPP 6.1(c).

[7]Sch. 1 HPP 1.5: See HPP 1.7 and also section 27.

[8]Sch. 1 HPP 1.7: See also section 27.

[9]Sch. 1 HPP 2: See also HPP 9 for requirements relating to the transfer of health information to a person who is outside Victoria.

[10]Sch. 1 HPP 2.2: A use or disclosure may be permitted under more than one paragraph of HPP 2.2.

[11] Sch. 1 HPP 2.2(i): For the purposes of this paragraph, the term "breach of confidence" relates to the general law of confidence (including but not limited to the common law or in equity), which requires, amongst other things, that a duty of confidence exists under that law which is not, in the particular circumstances, outweighed by any countervailing public interest under that law.

[12] Sch. 1 HPP 2.2(j): See note 11.

[13]Sch. 1 HPP 6: See section 34(3) for access to health information, only part of which is claimed to fall within HPP 6.1 or HPP 6.2.

[14]Sch. 1 HPP 6.1(c): See also section 96.

[15]Sch. 1 HPP 6.5: See HPP 4.2 and HPP 4.3 for deletion or destruction of health information.

[16]Sch. 1 HPP 6.10: See section 35 regarding refusal of access.



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