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This document is the privacy policy of the Council On The Ageing ACT (Incorporated Association Registered No. A2085, ABN 76 840 143 690)

We recognise the importance of protecting the privacy rights of individuals in relation to their personal information.  This document tells you how we collect and manage personal information. We respect your rights to privacy under the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth) (Privacy Act) and we comply with all of the requirements of the Privacy Act’s in respect of the collection, management and disclosure of your personal information.

What is your personal information?

When used in this privacy policy, the term “personal information” has the meaning given to it in the Privacy Act.  In general terms, it is any information that can be used to personally identify you.  This may include your name, residential address, telephone number, and email address.  If the information we collect personally identifies you, or you are reasonably identifiable from it, the information will be considered personal information.

Collection, use, holding and disclosure of personal information by COTA ACT

COTA ACT may generally collect the following types of personal information about you:

We may also collect sensitive information about you if it is necessary for us to provide our services to you or if you volunteer with COTA ACT. Sensitive information includes health information (such as any medical conditions you may have, details of any medical treatment you may be receiving and your wishes about future medical treatment), racial or ethnic origin, criminal record, political opinions and membership of any political, professional or trade association or union.

We may also collect some information that is not personal information because it does not identify you or anyone else.  For example, we may collect anonymous answers to surveys or aggregated information about how users use our website.

We collect your personal information directly from you unless it is unreasonable or impracticable to do so.  When collecting personal information from you, we may collect in various ways, including:

We may also collect personal information from third parties including:

We collect personal information about you so that we can provide our services to you or otherwise engage with you.  We collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information for the following purposes:

Your personal information will not be shared, sold, rented or disclosed other than as described in this privacy policy.

Who do we disclose your information to?

We may disclose your personal information to:

We may combine or share any information that we collect from you with information collected by any of our related parties (within Australia).

Direct marketing materials

We may send you e-newsletters, marketing communications and information about our events and services that we consider may be of interest to you.  These communications may be sent in various forms, including mail, SMS, and email, in accordance with applicable marketing laws, such as the Spam Act 2003 (Cth).  If you indicate a preference for a method of communication, we will endeavour to use that method whenever practical to do so.  In addition, at any time you may opt-out of receiving marketing communications from us by contacting us (see the details below) or by using opt-out facilities provided in the marketing communications and we will then ensure that your name is removed from our mailing list.

We do not provide your personal information to other organisations for the purposes of direct marketing.

Do we disclose your personal information to anyone outside Australia?

We may disclose personal information to our IT service providers for some of the purposes listed above. We take reasonable steps to ensure that we do not breach the privacy obligations relating to your personal information.

Security and data quality

We take reasonable steps to ensure your personal information is protected from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.   We may hold your information in either electronic or hard copy form.  Any personal information in hardcopy format is stored in locked filing cabinets. Personal information in electronic form is stored on password-protected computer servers. Personal information is destroyed or de-identified when no longer needed or when we are no longer required by law to retain it (whichever is the later).

How can you access and correct your personal information?

You may request access to any personal information we hold about you at any time by contacting us (see the details below).  Where we hold information that you are entitled to access, we will try to provide you with suitable means of accessing it (for example, by mailing or emailing it to you).  We may charge you a reasonable fee to cover our administrative and other reasonable costs in providing the information to you.  We will not charge for simply making the request and will not charge for making any corrections to your personal information.

There may be instances where we cannot grant you access to the personal information we hold.  For example, we may need to refuse access if granting access would interfere with the privacy of others or if it would result in a breach of confidentiality.  If that happens, we will give you written reasons for any refusal.

If you believe that personal information we hold about you is incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate, then you may request us to amend it.  We will consider if the information requires amendment.  If we do not agree that there are grounds for amendment then we will add a note to the personal information stating that you disagree with it.

What is the process for complaining about a breach of privacy?

If you believe that your privacy has been breached, please contact us using the contact information below and provide details of the incident so that we can investigate it.  We will treat your complaint confidentially, investigate your complaint promptly and aim to ensure that we contact you to endeavour to ensure that your complaint is resolved within a reasonable time (and in any event within the time required by the Privacy Act, if applicable). Our complaints handling process applies to our handling of your privacy-related complaint.

Our complaints handling policy recognises that the following grounds can be the basis for a complaint:

Our complaint handling procedure applies to complaints that are made either verbally or in writing. We will generally handle complaints in the following manner:

  1. Clients submit a complaint either verbally or in writing.
  2. Clients can make complaints anonymously if they wish.

We commence action to resolve a complaint within 7 days of the complaint.

The assistance of qualified interpreters is provided if necessary.

Complaints are addressed without impacting on the client’s right to further and future assistance from COTA ACT

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, any concerns or a complaint regarding the treatment of your privacy or a possible breach of your privacy, please use the contact link on our website or contact our Privacy Officer using the details set out below.  We will treat your requests or complaints confidentially.  Our representative will contact you within a reasonable time after receipt of your query or complaint.

Please contact our Privacy Officer at:

Post:     J Mobbs, Hughes Community Building, 2 Wisdom Street, Hughes ACT 2605

Tel:       02 6282 3777


Changes to our privacy policy

We may change this privacy policy from time to time.  Any updated versions of this privacy policy will be posted on our website and will be effective from the date of posting.

 This privacy policy was last updated 20 October, 2018