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We are committed to protecting your personal information, and ensuring its privacy, accuracy and security. We handle your personal information in a responsible manner in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Act) and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).
You do not have to provide us with your personal information. However, if you do not, we may not be able to conduct business with you.
What do we mean by ‘personal information’?
This policy applies to all personal information we collect. References in this policy to ‘personal information’ or ‘sensitive information’ have the same meaning as in the Privacy Act:
- ‘personal information’ means information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable, whether true or not, and whether or not recorded in a material form.
- ‘sensitive information’ (a type of personal information), means information or an opinion about an individual’s race or ethnic origins, political opinions and associations, religious beliefs or affiliations, philosophical beliefs, sexual preferences or practices, trade or professional associations and memberships, union membership, criminal record, health or genetic information or biometric information.
Collection of personal information
Whose personal information do we collect?
We may collect your personal information from a range of sources, including from you, recruitment agencies, contractors, business partners and government agencies. For example, we may collect your personal information when you:
- request or acquire a product or service from us;
- provide a service or product to us;
- enter a competition, trade promotions and lotteries (Competitions) that we are running on behalf of our clients;
- apply for employment or work experience with us; or
communicate with us via our website, by e-mail, telephone or in writing.
What types of personal information do we collect?
The personal information we collect includes:
- names, addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, other contact details, payment details, occupation, photographs, and other information to assist us in conducting our business, and providing and marketing our products and services;
- information about staff and directors, as required in the normal course of human resource management and the operation of a business;
- and information about current and previous Synergy suppliers and clients with whom Synergy has dealings
We will only collect your sensitive information:
- if you have consented to us doing so – for example, as part of information collected about directors and employees for company, visa application and human resource management purposes;
- or where required or permitted by law.
How do we collect personal information?
We only collect personal information by lawful and fair means. We usually collect personal information from:
- face-to-face meetings, interviews and telephone calls;
- business cards;
- electronic communications – for example, e-mails and attachments;
- forms filled out by people, including as part of acquiring a product or service from us;
- third parties – for example, from recruitment agencies and your representatives or agents;
- our website, including if you use it to contact us; and
- competitions we run on behalf of our clients.
Why do we collect personal information?
We collect the personal information:
- necessary for us to provide you with the products and services you have requested from us, e.g. branding, advertising or digital services and products;
- for marketing purposes and to provide you with information about products and services that may be of interest to you;
- to run competitions on behalf of our clients;
- to improve the products and services we provide; and
- to enable us to conduct our business, including meeting our legal and regulatory obligations.
If you do not provide your personal information, we may not be able to supply the requested product or service, employ you or otherwise deal with you.
How do we deal with unsolicited personal information?
If we receive personal information about you that we have not requested and it is determined under the APPs that we could not have lawfully collected that information had we asked for it, we will de-identify or destroy this information if it is reasonable to do so.
Do you have to disclose your identity when dealing with us?
Where lawful and practicable, we will give you the option of interacting with us anonymously or using a pseudonym. However, in some cases this may not be possible.
How and why do we use personal information?
We only use your personal information for the purpose for which it was provided to us, for related purposes or as required or permitted by law. Such purposes include:
- in the ordinary course of conducting our business. For example, supplying or acquiring products and services, responding to your enquiries and feedback, and providing information about our events, news, publications and products and services that may be of interest to you;
- market research and product and service development, so that we are able to better understand our customers’ needs and tailor our future products and services accordingly;
- performing general administration, reporting and management functions. For example, invoicing and account management, payment processing, risk management, training, quality assurance and managing suppliers;
- employment-related purposes, such as recruiting and providing services to staff;
- as part of a sale (or proposed sale) of all or part of our business; and
- other purposes related to or in connection with our business, including meeting our legal and contractual obligations to third parties and for internal corporate governance purposes.
Use of personal information for marketing purposes
We may use your personal information (other than sensitive information) to provide you with information about our products and services that we consider may be of interest to you.
You may opt out at any time if you do not, or no longer, wish to receive marketing and promotional material. You may do this by:
- contacting us via e-mail or in writing at the address below and requesting that we no longer send you marketing or promotional material;
- or where applicable, clicking the “Unsubscribe” button.
How do we disclose personal information?
We may disclose, and you consent to us disclosing, your personal information to third parties:
- engaged by us to provide products or services, or to undertake functions or activities, on our behalf. For example, processing payment information, managing databases, marketing, research and advertising;
- that are authorised by you to receive information we hold;
- that are our business partners, joint venturers, partners or agents;
- as part of a sale (or proposed sale) of all or part of our business. For example, we may disclose information to our external advisers, to potential and actual bidders and to their external advisors;
- such as our external advisers, and government agencies. For example, where disclosure is reasonably required to obtain advice, prepare legal proceedings or investigate suspected unlawful activity or serious misconduct; or
- as required or permitted by law.
We do not disclose personal information to third parties outside Australia, unless required or permitted by law.
Use or disclosure of sensitive information
We will only use or disclose your sensitive information for the purpose for which it was initially collected or for a directly related purpose, as required or permitted by law, or where you consent to the use or disclosure.
How is my personal information stored?
We take reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse, interference, loss and unauthorised access, modification and disclosure. Such steps include:
- physical security over paper-based and electronic data storage and premises;
- computer and network security measures, including use of firewalls, password access and secure servers;
- restricting access to your personal information to employees and those acting on our behalf who are authorised and on a ‘need to know’ basis;
- retaining your personal information for no longer than it is reasonably required, unless we are required by law to retain it for longer; and
- entering into confidentiality agreements with staff and third parties.
We store our clients’ contact details on a secure CRM system (Workflow Max) which is backed up to a secure server. We also securely store offsite backups of data. We regulate access to our server and CRM system by issuing individual logins and passwords. We store printed and electronic copies of credit applications, debtor information, resumes, job applications and work experience forms in a locked filing cabinet and in a secure part of our server with limited access. Our computers use screensavers and passwords.
Destruction and de-identification of personal information
Where we no longer require your personal information, including where we are no longer required by law to keep records relating to you, we will ensure that it is de-identified or destroyed. We securely dispose of hard copy information using a paper shredder and we permanently delete electronic information which we no longer require.
How can I access my personal information?
You may request access to the personal information we hold about you by contacting us. We will respond to your request within a reasonable time.
We will provide you with access to the information we hold about you unless otherwise permitted or required by law. If we deny you access to the information, we will notify you of the basis for the denial unless an exception applies.
Where reasonable and practicable, we will provide access to the information we hold about you in the manner you request.
No fee applies for requesting access to information we hold about you. However, we reserve the right to charge a reasonable fee where we do provide access.
How can I correct my personal information?
We take reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information is accurate, complete and up-to-date. On a monthly basis our client managers check that our client contact information is accurate and up to date. However, we rely on you to advise us of any changes or corrections to the information we hold about you.
If you consider that the information we hold about you is not accurate, complete or up-to-date, or if your information has changed, please let us know as soon as possible.
If you believe that personal information we hold about you is incorrect, incomplete or not current, you may request that we update or correct your information by contacting us. We will deal with your request within a reasonable time.
If we do not agree with the corrections you have requested (for example, because we consider that the information is already accurate, up‑to‑date, complete, relevant and not misleading), we are not required to make the corrections. However, where we refuse to do so, we will give you a written notice setting out the reasons.
We do not adopt, use or disclose government related identifiers except as required or permitted by law.
How can I complain about a breach of privacy?
If you have a complaint in relation to the collection, storage, use or disclosure of your personal information, please contact our Privacy Officer using the details below. You will need to provide us with details of your complaint, as well as any supporting evidence and information.
We will review all complaints received and our Privacy Officer will respond to you.
If you are not satisfied with our response, you may discuss your concerns with or complain to the Australian Privacy Commissioner via www.oaic.gov.au.
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