Your Personal Information
We only collect personal information (being information that identifies or could reasonably identify an individual) where we consider it to be reasonably necessary for one or more of our business functions or activities, and will do so in accordance with the APPs, including:
The kinds of personal information we may collect from you will depend on what type of interaction you have with us but may include:
Your Sensitive Information
Sensitive information is information about you that reveals your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs or affiliations, membership of a professional or trade association, membership of a trade union, details of health, disability, sexual orientation or criminal record. It is our policy to only collect your sensitive information where it is reasonably necessary for our functions or activities and either you have consented or we are required or authorised under law to do so.
How we collect your personal information
We will solicit your personal information by lawful and fair means directly from you unless it is unreasonable or impracticable to do so. We will collect directly personal information:
We may collect your personal information from third parties including:
Unsolicited personal information
Unsolicited personal information is personal information we receive that we have taken no active steps to collect (such as a job application sent to us by an individual on their own initiative, rather than in response to an advertisement). We may keep records of unsolicited personal information if the information is reasonably necessary for one or more of our functions or activities. If not, it is our policy to destroy the unsolicited information or ensure that the information is de-identified, provided it is lawful and reasonable to do so.
Using your personal information
We collect your personal information so that we can use it for our functions and activities and provide products and services to you, which include, among other things:
Our website requires subscriptions or registrations to use certain services, functions or content. You will know what information is being collected via these processes when you complete the relevant forms and provide the required details prior to submitting the application. We will collect data relating to any transactions you carry out via our website and the fulfilment of your order. We may also use your data to monitor for any unauthorised use of our website, content or subscriptions to our services.
Purpose of collection
If we collect personal information for a purpose (the primary purpose), we will not use or disclose the information for any other purpose (the secondary purpose) unless:
If we use or disclose your personal information because we reasonably believe that the use or disclosure of your information is reasonably necessary for one or more enforcement related activities conducted by, or on behalf of, an enforcement body, we will make a written note of the use or disclosure.
Do you have to provide personal information?
You can refuse to provide personal information. However a refusal may mean that the service you requested is not provided or membership will be refused or forfeited.
Sharing your personal information
We may use and disclose personal information for related purposes to third parties. Types of organisations to whom we may disclose your personal information includes:
We do not provide, rent, sell or exchange your personal information to third parties without your prior approval.
We do not adopt, use or disclose government related identifiers (such as a Medicare number or driver's licence number) as our own identifier for you unless it’s required/authorised by law or court/tribunal order, it’s reasonably necessary for us to verify your identity, it’s reasonably necessary to fulfil our obligations or we reasonably believes it is reasonably necessary for one or more enforcement related activities.
To improve our services, we sometimes collect de-identified information from web users. Although the information collected does not identify an individual, it does provide us with useful statistics that permits us to analyse and improve its web services. When you visit our website, a record of your visit is logged and the following data is supplied by your browser:
We use this information to customize information for website visitors and to collect aggregated data for the purposes of analysis, quality control, administering and improving the website. It is not used for any other purpose.
Aggregated data may be shared with third parties. You can stop your browser from accepting new cookies or disable cookies altogether by changing your browser preferences.
Links to other websites
If we hold your personal information, we may use or disclose that personal information (other than sensitive information) for direct marketing if:
We may also use or disclose your personal information (other than sensitive information) for direct marketing if:
We can use or disclose your sensitive information for the purpose of direct marketing if you have consented to the use or disclosure of that information for direct marketing. We may also use or disclose your personal information for direct marketing if:
If we have collected the personal information that we used to send you direct marketing material from a third party, you can ask us to notify you of its source of information. It is our policy is to do so unless it is unreasonable or impracticable.
How to opt out of direct marketing
If we use or disclose your personal information for the purpose of direct marketing, you may request not to receive direct marketing communications from us.
We will give effect to your request not to receive direct marketing from us or an entity facilitated by us free of charge within a reasonable time after the request is made
At or before the time of collection of personal information from you, or as soon as practicable afterwards, we will take reasonable steps to notify you or to otherwise ensure that you are aware of:
Protecting your personal information
We store information in different ways, including paper and electronic form. We take reasonable steps to protect it from misuse, interference, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure including:
We cannot guarantee that personal information will be protected against unauthorized access or misuse and we do not accept any liability for the improper actions of unauthorized third parties. We will retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil our obligations to you, to protect our legal interests, to comply with an Australian law or as otherwise stated to you when we collected your personal information. Once we are no longer required to retain your personal information, we will take reasonable steps to destroy your personal information or to ensure that your personal information is de-identified.
Disclosing your personal information overseas
We may disclose your personal information to other third party service providers operating outside Australia who work with us or one of our suppliers, agents, or partners. We may also store your personal information on servers based overseas or in the “cloud” or other types of networked or electronic storage. Before disclosing your personal information to an overseas third party, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that the overseas recipient:
Personal information may be disclosed by us to our related entities and third parties in jurisdictions including: New Zealand, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom, Singapore and the United States of America. The European Commission has recognized these countries as providing adequate protection of personal information. To make it easy for you to deal with us and provide you with a more personal and consistent experience, we may exchange and combine personal information with our related entities for the purposes described in this policy. If your personal information is collected using a document that references this policy, you are taken to consent to the disclosure, transfer, storing or processing of your personal information outside of Australia.
You acknowledge that by providing such consent:
If you withdraw consent, we will not rely on this consent when dealing with your information going forward.
You have the option of not identifying yourself or using a pseudonym when dealing with us provided that is it lawful and practicable. We will try to accommodate a request for anonymity if possible. However, your right to anonymity does not apply in relation to a matter if:
It is our policy to enable you to access our website and make general phone queries without having to identify yourself and to enable you to respond to our surveys anonymously. In some cases, if you don't provide us with your personal information when requested, we may not be able to respond to your request or provide you with products or services.
Accessing to your personal information
You have the right, upon request, to access any of our records containing your personal information. To request access to your personal information please contact our privacy officer. We will respond to your request to access your personal information within a reasonable period of time. On the basis that it is reasonable and practicable to do so, we will give you access to the information requested. If we refuse your request to access personal information, we will provide a written notice setting out the reasons for the refusal & how you can complain about the refusal. Reasons for a refusal may include if it:
When you make a request to access personal information, we will require you to provide some form of identification (such as a driver's licence or passport) so we can verify that you are the person to whom the information relates.
Help us keep your personal information accurate
We will take reasonable steps to ensure our records of personal information are accurate, up to date and complete. The accuracy of information depends largely on the information you provide. If you don’t give us all the personal information we may require, or the personal information provided is inaccurate or incomplete, then the products, services and information we provide may be affected. If you think there is something wrong with the information we hold about you please contact our privacy officer to let us know and keep us up-to-date with any changes, and we will try to correct your personal information.
We will respond to your request to correct your personal information free of charge and in a reasonable period of time. If we refuse your request, we will provide you with a written notice setting out the reasons for the refusal and mechanisms available to complain about the refusal. If we refuse to correct your personal information, you may request that we associate your information with a statement that the information is inaccurate, out of date, incomplete, irrelevant or misleading. We will take reasonable steps to make the statement visible to users of your personal information. If we do correct your personal information and we has previously disclosed your personal information to a third party, upon your request, we will notify that third party of the correction unless it is impracticable or unlawful to do so.
Resolving your privacy issues
If you have any issues you wish to discuss with us or if you’re concerned about how we have collected or managed your personal information please contact the privacy officer. For information about privacy or if your concerns are not resolved to your satisfaction, you may contact the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at www.oaic.gov.au and on 1300 363 992.
Our privacy officer
Our privacy officer can be contacted at:
Telephone: (03) 9763-0533
Fax: (03) 9763-2020
Post: Private Bag 1, Rowville VIC 3178.