Topics on this page include:
- Application of this Privacy Statement
- Personal information
- Collection of personal information
- Use and disclosure of personal information
- Access to and correction of personal information
- Internet User Risks
- Website Usage Measurement
- Email Addresses
This website contains links to other websites. This privacy statement does not apply to those websites.
In this privacy statement the term ‘personal information’ has the meaning provided in section 3 of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).
Personal information is information or an opinion that is recorded in any form, whether true or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent or can reasonably be ascertained.
This Act is the legislation that regulates our collection and handling of personal information.
Detailed information about the Act is available at the Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection.
It is intended that this website can be used anonymously. However, for some functions, the collection of personal information is necessary or unavoidable. You will know if the site is collecting personal information from you because you will be requested to provide it.
There are two exceptions to this:
- When someone else provides the department with your personal information. The Department cannot prevent this. However, you are entitled to access and to correct any personal information about you collected by the Department
- When the Department collects website visitation statistics using a web analytics service. For further information regarding this, see the Website Usage Measurement section below.
The statistics in No. 2 may qualify as personal information under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic). However, these statistics are not used to identify individual web users.
Personal information that is collected by the Department will be used by, and disclosed to, Departmental employees or contractors whose duties require them to use it. Such employees and contractors are required to protect and handle your personal information in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and any other applicable legislation regulating the collection, use, disclosure, storage and destruction of personal information.
You may request access to any personal information that the Department may have collected about you. Also, you may request correction of your personal information if you can establish that it is not accurate, complete or up-to-date. The Victorian Privacy Commissioner has recommended that the appropriate means to access and correct information held by government departments is pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic).
The Department does not warrant that the functions contained in the site will be uninterrupted or without error. In addition, the Department shall not be responsible for the propagation of computer worms, viruses or other harmful components transmitted from this site and other third-party sites.
The Department recommends that you ensure that your browser is equipped with updated virus protection software.
For further information, please visit the Google Privacy Center
Email addresses will only be used to respond to specific user queries and will not be kept or used for any purpose other than stated. Email addresses will not be added to a mailing list unless consent is given, nor disclosed to any other party without your knowledge or consent.
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