You can never completely protect your personal information from falling into the wrong hands, but you can reduce the risk.
You should consider the following simple steps to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft:
If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, you should report this to your local police (contact 131 444 or if you are in Victoria contact your local station) and any relevant organisations as soon as possible to avoid further misuse of your details. You should also report the incident to the ACORN.
The Protecting Your Identity guide contains information on how to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft and what to do if your identity has been stolen.