Runtime Design Australia supports the importance the community places on the maintenance of confidentiality of individuals' personal and/or sensitive information. This extends to the collection and management of information held in its records regarding individuals.
Runtime Design Australia is a corporate entity whose core business is design, printing, signage and web production. In order to pursue these areas of activity, Runtime Design Australia assures the community of its commitment to privacy of personal information.
The Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000, effective December 21 2001, sets out guidelines which regulate how private sector organisations should treat personal and/or sensitive information they collect, use, handle or store.
What do the National Privacy Principles do?
The NPPs set minimum standards for:
collection, use and disclosure of personal information which could identify a person;
quality, security and storage of that information;
giving an individual access to their information;
transferring information offshore;
special categories of information such as 'sensitive' information and 'health' information.
What is personal information?
Information or an opinion about an individual whose identity is apparent or can be ascertained from that information or opinion.
This includes names, addresses, telephone numbers, age and e-mail address.
What is sensitive information?
This includes information about:
racial or ethnic origin;
political opinion or association;
trade union or professional association membership;
religious beliefs or philosophical beliefs;
What are the National Privacy Principles?
The National Privacy Principles establish 10 principles to which an organisation must comply in regard to personal and sensitive information.
NPP1 Collecting information
NPP2 Using and disclosing information
NPP3 Data quality
NPP4 Data security
NPP6 Access and correction
NPP9 Transborder data flow
NPP10 Sensitive information
Collection of information
Personal and sensitive information is only collected as is reasonably necessary to enable Runtime Design Australia to maintain its activities and deliver services to the community.
Personal information about an individual should only be collected from that individual with their consent.
Collection will be undertaken by a method which is fair, lawful and not unreasonably intrusive.
Individuals from whom personal information is collected are to be made aware of:
Runtime Design Australia's contact details;
the primary purpose for which the information is collected;
any possible secondary purpose for which the information may be used;
the names of the organisations or types of organisations to which we disclose information of any nature (if any);
the ability of individuals to access the information held on themselves.
Use and disclosure of information
Information will only be used or disclosed for the primary purpose for which it was collected. In some instances, information provided by individuals may be used to keep them better informed about Runtime Design Australia activities and services, such as by way of a newsletter. Individuals have the right to opt out of receiving such additional mailings.
Personal information about an individual will not be used or disclosed for a secondary purpose unless:
the purpose is closely related to the primary purpose and the individual would reasonably expect the information to be used in that way; or
the information is health information and its use is necessary for records or statistical analysis relevant to public health; or
the individual has consented (recognising the competence to consent); or
Runtime Design Australia has a legal obligation to disclose personal information which overrides the provisions of the primary legislation.
Runtime Design Australia will not sell or exchange or release personal information about an individual for commercial gain.
Quality of information
Reasonable steps will be taken to ensure information collected and used is complete, accurate and up-to-date.
Security of information
Reasonable steps will be taken to protect personal information from misuse, loss, unauthorised use, modification or disclosure.
Personal information will be destroyed or permanently de-identified when it is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was collected.
Runtime Design Australia website uses secure technology for on-line transactions to protect personal details including credit card information.
Runtime Design Australia website contains links to other websites. Runtime Design Australia does not accept responsibility for the privacy practices or the content of linked websites.
Openness of information
Reasonable steps will be taken to allow any person, on request, to ascertain generally what sort of personal information is held, for what purpose, how it was collected, stored and used.
Accessibility of information
Information held on an individual is accessible to them on request (except where frivolous and vexatious) and will generally be available free of charge. Reasonable steps will be taken to ensure the information provided is accurate and up-to-date.
Identifiers used will be unique to Runtime Design Australia.
Individuals have the option of not identifying themselves when dealing with Runtime Design Australia.
Transborder data flow
Runtime Design Australia will not sell, exchange or release personal information except when we transfer this information to our partner organisations.
Runtime Design Australia does not collect sensitive information about individuals unless:
we have the consent of the individual; or
the information is collected in the course of Runtime Design Australia activities where the individual is in regular contact in relation to those activities and the individual understands that the information will not be disclosed without consent; or
the information is necessary for research relevant to public health, compilation or analysis of public health statistics, or the management or monitoring of a health service and that purpose cannot be served by collection of non-identified information and it is impracticable to seek the individual's consent.
Personal and/or sensitive information will be collected and maintained on confidential databases maintained by Runtime Design Australia in support of its activities and service provision.
Staff and volunteers who may have access to personal and/or sensitive information in the course of their duties will respect its confidentiality and not disclose the information to any non Runtime Design third party.
Breaches of confidentiality by staff will be dealt with in accordance with the conditions of appointment to the staff of Runtime Design Australia.
Grievance procedure relating to the Privacy Act
- Complaint registered by an individual. This must be in writing.
- Complaint given to Runtime Design Australia for assessment and investigation in consultation with the Managing Partner.
- Written response sent to individual with seven (7) days of complaint being received.
- If our response is found to be unacceptable to the individual, we may suggest conciliation or arbitration on the matter.
- If the individual makes a formal complaint to the Privacy Commissioner, the General Manager is to be the respondent on behalf of Runtime Design Australia.