Confidentiality Principles

These principles apply to information provided through Wildlife Health Australia (WHA):

  1. These principles apply to information other than that already clearly in the public domain. This information may be provided at WHA meetings or teleconferences, in correspondence or verbally, circulated to WHA members by email or mail or available through the WHA electronic Wildlife Health Information System (eWHIS).

  2. Information made available to WHA members is provided on the basis that it may assist in the management of diseases with wildlife as part of their ecology that may impact upon Australia’s trade, human health and/or biodiversity, and is intended only for that purpose. 

  3. Ownership of the information for any other purpose remains with the individual or organisation reporting the information.

  4. Unless it is given to WHA members with other specific restrictions, such information may be passed on to other relevant staff within the members’ organisation or related organisations, provided
    • the source of information (i.e. WHA teleconference, etc) is cited, and
    • the following disclaimer is attached to the information:

      “The following information is CONFIDENTIAL and is intended for use only with respect to the management of diseases with wildlife as part of their ecology that may impact upon Australia’s trade, human health and/or biodiversity”1.

  5. In particular, the information must not be given to the media or used in academic or other publications without the specific and prior written approval of the original source (owner) of this information.

  6. Information must not be used for commercial purposes.

  7. When reporting or submitting information to WHA:                                                                                                                                                          WHA members reporting information to the WHA should be alert to information that may identify individuals or small communities, especially when there may be some stigma or other adverse consequences associated with such reports. Identifying information should only be provided when necessary to protect public health and / or where the individual has provided consent.

WHA is an association incorporated under the Incorporated Associations Act in NSW. As such it is required to manage any private information as required by the Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988.


1 This applies especially with the detection of a notifiable or possible exotic disease.

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