CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn is committed to protecting your privacy and confidentiality in the way information is collected, stored and used.
CatholicCare holds two types of information, personal and organisational information and the following information details our legal obligations and ethical expectations in relation to privacy and confidentiality.
The privacy of personal information is defined by legislation (Privacy Act 1988). At all times, CatholicCare acts in accordance with these legal requirements
CatholicCare provides a range of services directly under contract with Australian or State/Territory Government Agencies or medical bodies. In some circumstances we collect your personal information from these government agencies or medical bodies, who also comply with the Privacy Act.
CatholicCare staff are legally and ethically bound to maintain client confidentiality. Staff affiliated with professional bodies are also required to comply with particular codes of conduct and conditions in relation to client confidentiality. In additional, CatholicCare is also required to comply with other Australian and State/Territory Government Legislation relevant in providing services to you and how your personal information is used.
Collection of Information
Personal information collected by CatholicCare is only for purposes which are directly related to the functions or activities of the organisation. These purposes include:
Credit Card Information – CatholicCare’s card transactions are fulfilled by an authorised banking institution. When collecting credit card information for online transactions, CatholicCare offers secured server transactions that encrypt your information in transit to help prevent others from accessing it. Your credit card details are encrypted and then removed from our system once your payment has been processed.
Our staff will provide the following information to you about collecting your health and personal information including:
Use and Disclosure – CatholicCare only uses personal information for the purposes for which it was given, or for purposes which are directly related to one of the functions or activities of the organisation. It may be provided to government agencies, other organisations or individuals if:
Data Quality – CatholicCare takes steps to ensure that the personal information collected is accurate, up-to-date and complete. These steps include maintaining and updating personal information when we are advised by you that your information has changed (and at other times as necessary), and checking that information provided about an you by another person is correct.
Date Security – CatholicCare takes steps to protect the personal information held against loss, unauthorised access, use, modification or disclosure and against other misuse. These steps include reasonable physical, technical and administrative security safeguards for electronic and hard copy of paper records as identified below.
Reasonable physical safeguards include:
Reasonable technical safeguards include:
Access and Correction – You may request access to personal information held about you. Access will be provided unless there is a sound reason under the Privacy Act or other relevant law. Other situations in which access to information may be withheld include:
Amendments may be made to personal information to ensure it is accurate, relevant, up-to-date, complete and not misleading, taking into account the purpose for which the information is collected and used. If the request to amend information does not meet these criteria, CatholicCare may refuse the request.
CatholicCare is required to respond to a request to access or amend information within 30 days of receiving the request. However, some requests may take longer to process because of the substantial amount of documents held in respect of some matters.
Collection Use and Disclosure of Confidential Information – Other information held by CatholicCare may be regarded as confidential, pertaining either to an individual or an organisation. The most important factor to consider when determining whether information is confidential is whether the information can be accessed by the general public.
Breach of Privacy or Confidentiality – CatholicCare follows the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s ‘Data Breach Notification – A guide to handling personal information security breaches’ when handling accidental and unauthorised disclosures of personal information.
If you have concerns that your personal information has been mishandled under the Australian Privacy Principles, CatholicCare asks that you raise your concerns with our privacy contact officer, the Deputy CEO by:
Direct Marketing – CatholicCare may from time to time use your personal information such as your address or contact details to provide you with information about other services we offer. If at any time you do not wish to receive any information about these services, please feel free to contact us on 02 62954300 and we will not send you any further material.
Complaints – If you are dissatisfied with the conduct of a CatholicCare staff member, unhappy with a service received, or any matter in relation to a payment for service, a complaint should be raised. Information on making a complaint can be found on our website.
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