The Privacy Act 1988 includes a subset of personal information called ‘sensitive information’ to which higher privacy standards apply. Higher standards apply because inappropriate handling of this kind of information can have adverse consequences for the individual concerned. In some circumstances, HORNER may collect and hold sensitive information. Sensitive information is defined as information or an opinion about an individual’s:
Subject to the guidelines set out in APP 3, we collect personal information by lawful and fair means. Personal information may be collected from you directly when you submit one of our registration forms or any other information in connection with your application for employment or engagement with HORNER. Personal information that we collect falls into the following categories:
We disclose personal information for a purpose for which it was collected (known as the ‘primary purpose). We may also disclose personal information for a secondary purpose if a permitted situation applies. Subject to the guidelines set out in APP 6, we disclose personal information for the following purposes:
We disclose personal information where we are under a legal duty to do so, including circumstances where we are under a lawful duty of care to disclose such information. We disclose your personal information to;
HORNER does not disclose personal information to overseas recipients.
Direct marketing involves the use and/or disclosure of personal information to communicate directly with an individual to promote goods and services. HORNER may communicate with an individual through a variety of channels, including telephone, SMS, mail, email and online advertising.
In accordance with APP 7, HORNER may from time to time collect and use personal information for the purpose of direct marketing activities. HORNER will ensure personal information has been collected directly from an individual, and the individual reasonably expects their personal information to be used for the purpose of direct marketing. HORNER will provide a simple means by which an individual can request not to receive direct marketing communications (also known as ‘opting out’).
Subject to the guidelines set out in APP 12 you can access your personal information that we hold. Access may be declined if it would interfere with the privacy of other persons or if it breaches any confidentiality that attaches to that information. If you wish to obtain access to your personal information you should contact our Privacy Coordinator. You will need to be in a position to verify your identity.
The personal information we collect is held in electronic and hard copy format. We take steps to protect the personal information we hold against loss, unauthorised access, use, modification, unauthorised disclosure, and against other misuse. When the personal information that we collect is no longer required, we destroy or delete it in a secure manner.
Subject to the guidelines set out in APP 13, HORNER takes all reasonable steps to ensure personal information is correct, is accurate, up-to-date, complete, relevant and not misleading, having regard to the purpose for which it is held.
You can also make complaints to the Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner.
Update March 2015