BEST PRACTICE is committed to treating the personal information we collect in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988(Cth) (Privacy Act). This policy sets out how Best Practice handles personal information.
1. Purposes for which BEST PRACTICE collects, holds, uses and discloses personal information:
We only collect, hold, use and disclose personal information which is reasonably necessary to ensure that we are able to provide you with the products and services that are appropriate to your needs. We will outline to you when you engage our services the purposes for which we will collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information.
2. Kinds of personal information BEST PRACTICE collects:
Due to the nature of the products and services we provide, and the requirements of legislation and regulations, we ask for a range of personal information from our customers.
The types of personal information we may collect can include details such as:
It may be necessary in some circumstances for BEST PRACTICE to collect sensitive information about you in order to provide specific services. The types of sensitive information we may collect include:
You have a right to refuse to provide us with your personal information or to anonymity or the use of a pseudonym. However, if you do refuse to provide such information, or request the use of anonymity or a pseudonym we may be unable to complete or fulfil the purpose for which such information was collected, including providing you or our clients with the services we we reengaged to perform.
3. Collection, holding, using and disclosing of personal information:
(a) Collection –General:
When we collect, hold, use and disclose personal or sensitive information it must be done through lawful and fair means. Consent must be obtained to collect, hold, use and disclose personal information. We are not required to obtain your consent to collect, hold, use of disclose your personal or sensitive information if the collection is required or authorised by or under an Australian law or a court/tribunal order. There are other exceptions to the requirement of obtaining your consent in accordance with the Australian PrivacyPrinciples. If you would like more information on these requirements, please contact our Privacy Officer.
(b) Methods of collection:
BEST PRACTICE use a variety of formats for the collection of personal and sensitive information. These include:
2). In every circumstance we will attempt to obtain such personal and sensitive information directly from you. If that is unreasonable or impracticable, we will attempt to obtain such information from other sources in accordance withClause 3
(c) Collection of someone else’s personal information:
You should only provide us with someone else’s personal information where you have their express consent to do so and it is for the purpose of us providing services to you. Matters in this policy should be communicated to any person whose information you collect and provide to us. In providing such information you agree that you have obtained the revenant consent and this is authorised to do so.
Unsolicited personal information:
There may be circumstances where we are provided with personal information which we did not actively seek. An example may be misdirected mail, or an excess of documents provided to us by clients.
In such situations, our Privacy Officer will make a determination on whether we could have obtained the information lawfully in accordance with the APPs. If the information was not lawfully obtained it will be destroyed or de-identified. We will try to notify the relevant person, whose information has been mistakenly received, if this situation arises.
4. Security of personal information
Safeguarding the privacy of your information is important to us. We hold personal information in a combination of secure computer storage facilities and paper based files, and take steps to protect the personal information we hold from misuse, loss, interference, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
BEST PRACTICE trains its employees carefully on handling personal information and confidentiality of such information.
Once we have no purpose for holding your personal information, we will take all reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify the information.
5. Disclosure of personal information overseas and sharing personal information amongst and within the BEST PRACTICE Group network
(a) Disclosure amongst and within the BEST PRACTICE Group:
The BEST PRACTICE has offices in Picton and Camden, NSW. To meet the purposes for which your personal information has been collected we may disclose your information to others in BEST PRACTICE.
(b) Disclosure overseas:
Currently, we do not share your information with organisations outside Australia.
We may store your information in the cloud or other types of networked or electronic storage. As electronic or networked storage can be accessed from various countries via an internet connection, it’s not always practicable to know in which country your information may be held. If your information is stored in this way, disclosures may occur in countries other than those listed. Overseas organisations may be required to disclose information we share with them under a foreign law. In those instances, we will not be responsible for that disclosure.
(c) Disclosure to third party service providers.
6. Privacy on our websites
The BEST PRACTICE website uses Google Analytics or other third party software to analyse aggregate user behaviour. Google Analytics and such other software uses first party cookies, which are text files placed on your computer for the purpose of anonymously identifying your session. These cookies are not used to grant BEST PRACTICE access to your personally identifiable information.Non-identifiable information (such as the pages you visit) may be tracked. By directing your browser to delete your cookies, this data will be erased. For more information about Google Analytics, please follow the links provided on our website.
The information is collected using first party cookies, meaning that onlyBEST PRACTICE is able to access your information. Your information may be aggregated with information from other users for the purpose of improving our website and offerings. We will not associate any data gathered from our website with any personally identifiable information, unless you explicitly submit that information (e.g. your email address) via our online information form.
7. Direct marketing
BEST PRACTICE may engage in direct marketing to you from time to time.
When required, your personal information will only be used or disclosed for direct marketing where the information is not sensitive information, is collected directly from you and there is an easy means to opt out of such marketing (and such an opt out request has not been made) in the following circumstances:
If you do not wish to receive these materials, please contact our privacy officer.
8. Access to personal information
You have the right to access any personal information regarding you that BEST PRACTICE holds. This is subject to some limited exceptions, which thePrivacy Officer can provide further information on.
Such requests should be made in writing to the Privacy Officer. We will acknowledge your request within 14 days and respond to it within a reasonable time.
BEST PRACTICE may charge a fee only to cover the cost of locating, retrieving, reviewing and copying any material requested. We will not charge any fee to make the request or to for us to give effect to the request.
Responding to your request:
If your request is approved, we will provide you with access to the information in the manner requested if it is reasonable and practicable to do so.
9. Correction of personal information
BEST PRACTICE endeavours to ensure that the personal information it holds is accurate and up-to-date.
You are able to make a request to correct the information by contacting ourPrivacy Officer, or by telephoning or emailing us with your corrected information. In some limited circumstances your request may be refused or partially refused.
10. Procedure if your request to access or correct is refused
There may be limited circumstances where your request is refused or partially refused.
If this occurs we will give you a written notice that sets out:
If your request to correct is refused you have the option of submitting a statement associated with your personal information. For more information contact the Privacy Officer.
11. How to make a complaint
If you consider that any action of BEST PRACTICE breaches this policy or theAustralian Privacy Principles, you are able to make a complaint. Once we have received your complaint, it will be assessed and acted upon within a reasonable time.
To make a complaint please contact our Privacy Officer. If you are not satisfied with our response to your complaint, you may contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.
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