When we collect personal information from an individual, we will ensure that we do so in a fair manner and that we let the individual know where and how to contact Mackenzie Social Work Services. We will only collect information that is necessary for one or more of our functions or activities. We will advise individuals or the purpose for which their personal information is collected.
If we collect sensitive information (as defined under the Act), we will treat it with the utmost security and confidentiality. We will ensure that it is not collected for any purposes, other than those for which we have obtained the individual’s consent, unless the law requires otherwise, or other exceptional circumstances prevail as described under the Act. Where an individual chooses not to provide requested information, we will advise that individual of what consequences this non-disclosure may have. For example, withholding certain information may limit our ability to provide relevant offers or services to individuals.
We will only disclose personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988. This means that personal information may be disclosed:
• For the purposes for which we have advised that we are collecting it, and for related purposes that the individual would reasonably expect,
• Where we have the consent of the individual to do so,
• As required by law, or
• Under other circumstances where permitted under the Act.
In the course of our business activities, we may need to disclose some of your personal information to relevant staff.
Unauthorised disclosure or access
As Mackenzie Social Work Services is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals, we will view unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal information by our employees or contractors, as a serious breach of this policy. Appropriate action (which may include disciplinary or legal action) will be taken in such cases.
Access to personal information
Individuals will be able to access their personal information upon request. However, Mackenzie Social Work Services may occasionally need to deny access to information in accordance with the exemptions contained in the Act.
Our goal is to protect the personal information collected by Mackenzie Social Work Services and its associations. Personal information will be managed confidentially and securely and destroyed appropriately when no longer required. We will monitor and implement appropriate technical advances or management processes, to safeguard personal information.
We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the data we collect, use or disclose is accurate, complete and up to date, and has been obtained directly from individuals or other reputable sources.
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Availability and review of Policy
Privacy related inquiries or concerns can be directed to Mackenzie Social Work Services via:
PO Box 9222
Port Macquarie, NSW 2444