Effective: 18 September 2023
What personal information do we collect?
We may also collect information when you visit our website or access the Platform, including details of the IP address from which you access our website or Platform, the date and time of access, and any third party website from which you linked to our website or Platform. We may also collect statistics on page views, traffic to and from our website and Platform, and other transactional information about your access to our website and Platform.
We may collect information relating to an individual’s membership of a trade association or a professional association. We only collect this information with your consent. You are deemed to have consented to our collection of the information when you create an account with us and agree to our terms and conditions of access and use of the Platform.
Can you deal with us on an anonymous or pseudonymous basis?
In accordance with Australia’s privacy laws, where it is lawful and reasonable to do so, you have the right to deal with us on anonymous or pseudonymous basis. This means that you do not need to provide us with personal information if and when that information is requested. Subject to the following, we will give you the option of not identifying yourself, or using a pseudonym, in dealing with us.
However, if you choose to interact with us anonymously or by using a pseudonym, or you do not provide personal information to us when we request it, then we may be unable to provide you with the products or services that you request.
For example, in order to gain access to the Platform, you must provide us with personal information in order to create and to maintain an account. If you do not provide us with the information we request, or you do not provide us with accurate information, we may be unable to provide you with access to the Platform.
Further, we reserve the right to request your identity from you in certain circumstances, and to verify your identity if we consider that it is appropriate or reasonable for us to do so. For example, when you request that we give you access to or that we correct personal information we hold about you, or when you wish to make a complaint regarding the manner in which your personal information has been handled, we reserve the right to request your identity and contact details in order to deal with your request or to investigate and to respond to your complaint.
How do we collect personal information?
We collect personal information only through the use of lawful and fair means. Generally, we will collect personal information about you directly from you. However, there may be situations where we collect information about you from other sources or third parties, including other users of our Platform.
We may collect personal information when you:
We may also collect personal information about you from current and prospective suppliers of goods and/or services to us.
How do we handle information received on an unsolicited basis?
Generally, we only collect personal information when we specifically request the information or when we take active steps to collect that information. However, from time to time, personal information may be volunteered to us without us requesting the information or taking steps to collect the information. For example, we may receive personal information about an individual when we receive mail meant for another recipient or when someone applies for a job with us on his/her own initiative and not in response to an advertised vacancy.
Where we receive information on an unsolicited basis, in accordance with our statutory obligations, we will determine whether we could lawfully have collected the information if we sought to collect the information. If we determine that the information could not lawfully have been collected had we sought it, then unless we are required or authorised by law to retain the information, we will take reasonable steps to destroy or to de-identify that unsolicited information.
Why do we collect, use and disclose personal information?
In accordance with our statutory obligations, we only use and disclose personal information for the primary purpose(s) for which we collected the information, any secondary purpose related to the primary purpose for which you would reasonably expect us to use or disclose that information, and as otherwise permitted or required by law.
We will use the personal information we collect from you for the purpose of providing our goods and/or services to you or to your organisation. Additionally, we may use and disclose your personal information for any one or more of the following purposes:
We may use and disclose personal information to generate aggregated statistical data for the purpose of monitoring the use of our website and the Platform, including for quality assurance and research purposes (including in order to assess trends in the use of the Platform by sector). We will take reasonable steps to ensure that such information used and disclosed for this purpose is de-identified and aggregated, so that the statistical data and reports cannot be used to identify any particular individual.
We may share the information we have collected about your membership of a trade or professional association with our business partners to enable those business partners to undertake marketing to you in respect of your access to and use of the Platform. Please note that we may receive a benefit or consideration in exchange for our disclosure of your membership of a trade or professional association.
Periodically, we may send emails or other communications containing marketing materials or promotions of our products and services to you or otherwise directly market our products and services to you on the basis that you would reasonably expect us to do so, where we have collected your personal information from you already. Where we collect personal information about you from a third party, then we will not use that personal information to directly market to you without your consent. By your use of our website, you consent to us doing so. Please note that by accessing or using our Platform, you are deemed to consent to our use of your personal information for direct marketing purposes, subject to the following.
If you no longer wish to receive marketing communications from us, you may unsubscribe at any time by using the unsubscribe facility set out in each marketing communication or by sending an email to us at the address specified below. We will remove you from the mailing list as soon as possible. There is no charge payable by you to us for removing you from the mailing list.
To whom do we disclose your personal information?
If you communicate with us via email or through a social network service such as Facebook or Twitter, the email or the message may be routed through servers that are located outside Australia and, in relation to a message sent through Facebook or Twitter, the social network provider and its partners could collect, hold and process your personal information in a jurisdiction outside Australia.
While we do not use browsing information to identify you personally, we may collect certain information pertaining to your use of our website and Platform, including the pages you visit, when you visited and the internet protocol address assigned to your computer.
“Cookies” (including browser cookies, pixel beacons and Adobe Flash technology) are comprised of small bits of data or code that often include a de-identified or anonymous unique identifier. Websites, apps and other services send such data to your browser when you first visit a web-page, then store that data on your device in order to enable access to that information when you visit the same page subsequently.
Security of your personal information
We take reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information is stored in a manner that reasonably protects it from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. However, you agree that no data transmission over the internet or mobile data and communication services can be guaranteed as being totally secure.
When we no longer need your personal information for the purpose(s) for which we collected the information, we will take reasonable steps to destroy or to permanently de-identify your information, unless we are required by law to keep your personal information for a longer period.
Access to your personal information
You may request access to the personal information we hold about you and to request that we update or correct this information, subject to certain exceptions. If you wish to access your personal information, please contact us in writing. Subject to the following and exceptions to grant access under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), we will grant access to the information we hold about you in a timely fashion, and we will use our reasonable endeavours to grant access in the manner that you request.
We will not charge a fee for you making your access request. However, we reserve the right to charge an administrative fee before providing a copy of your information to you. We will endeavour to notify you of the fee before providing the information to you.
To protect your personal information, we reserve the right to ask that you verify your identity before we release the information to you. Further, to the maximum extent permitted by law, we reserve the right to redact information we make available in response to your request, in order to protect the privacy of other individuals.
In some circumstances, we may refuse your request in certain situations including (but not limited to) where:
If we refuse to provide you with access to, or we refuse to correct your personal information, we will provide you with a written explanation of our reasons.
Maintaining the quality of your personal information
We will take reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information is accurate, complete and up-to-date. However, the accuracy of the information we hold depends largely on the accuracy of the information you supply to us. If you consider that the information we hold is not up to date or is inaccurate, please advise us as soon as practicable.
Complaints and Enquiries
We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint and will endeavour to respond within a reasonable time following our receipt of your complaint (generally 30 days from our receipt). Where dealing with your complaint requires a more detailed investigation, it may take longer to resolve. If this is the case, we will update you periodically on progress.
We reserve the right to verify your identity and to seek (where appropriate) further information from you in connection with the complaint. We may also seek information regarding the complaint from third parties, subject to our obligations regarding the privacy of personal information.
Where we are required by law to do so, we will acknowledge your complaint in writing and provide information in writing to you on how we will deal with your complaint. Further, if we are required by law to do so, we will provide our determination on your complaint to you in writing. We reserve the right to refuse to investigate and otherwise deal with a complaint, if we consider it to be vexatious or frivolous. Where we determine not to investigate or deal with your complaint, we will notify you in writing, including the reasons why we will not investigate or deal with your complaint.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your complaint, you may escalate the complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.