|Policy Statement |
This policy ensures that TACIS complies with relevant legislation in regard to privacy and personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), as amended.
TACIS main purpose is to provide Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses. Other associated activities occur to enable TACIS to offer these courses. All information collected is for the purpose of the operational and management activities of TACIS or where required by legislative guidelines.
TACIS is committed to protecting the privacy of personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act. TACIS recognizes its obligation under the Privacy Act and will take necessary measures to ensure that the privacy of personal information collected is protected. All individuals have the right to request access to their personal information held by TACIS in accordance with the Privacy Act and the APPs.
Collection of Personal Information
TACIS collects personal information directly from individuals including:
TACIS may collect personal information from students, prospective students, employees, prospective employees, supporters or sponsors of SIT, academic or other professionals, individuals with whom TACIS deals on a commercial basis such as education agents, suppliers, contractors and individuals in organisations to which TACIS provides goods or services, or from which TACIS acquires goods or services, as well as from members of the public making general enquiries and users of TACIS website. TACIS may collect health and sensitive information, where relevant, from students who enrol in a course of study. Personal information collected may include: names, address and contact details, date of birth, educational and work history, academic results, emergency contact details, credit card details, racial or ethnic origins, English language proficiency, health or disability information (where relevant), professional membership information (where relevant) and government related identifiers.
Individuals, including prospective students, are able to make an anonymous enquiry or use a pseudonym, for general enquiries and information relating to courses. However, to enrol in a course or to be assessed for eligibility to be admitted to a course specific information is required to appropriately assess the prospective student’s application for admission to a course. TACIS may not be able to provide its services to individuals if they choose not to provide the requested personal information.
TACIS may also collect personal information for ancillary purposes related to the primary purpose of collection, including:
Personal Information from Website or Third Parties
Generally, personal information is collected directly from the individual, although there may be times when information is collected from third parties, such as a family member who contacts TACIS on the individual’s behalf, contractors who supply services to TACIS, through partner institutions or from a publicly maintained record.
TACIS may also collect information from other educational providers for the purpose if verifying qualifications that have been awarded and for completion of units of study towards course credit for the purposes of enrolment.
TACIS may request third parties to provide or allow access to and collection of information, including personal information that the third parties hold and are authorised or entitled to disclose, directly to it verbally and in hard copy or electronic records or documents, whether stored in or provided by way of digital storage media or electronic communications.
Additionally, TACIS may collect personal information from individuals through its websites or from third parties and anonymous information for statistical purposes. Such information may be used to improve the products and services offered by TACIS.
TACIS website may contain links to other sites. Please, be aware that TACIS is not responsible for the privacy or data handling practices of any other sites and strongly advises individuals to check their terms and policies before submitting any personal information to any third party site.
TACIS may also request information via surveys or experience evaluations. Participation in these surveys or evaluations is voluntary. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and address, phone number) and demographic information (such as postcode, age or course). Collected survey information will be used for monitoring or improving the use of TACIS’s services.
Collection of Personal Information from Prospective and Current Employees
TACIS may collect personal information from prospective and current employees. For prospective employees this may include: name, address and contact details, educational and work history. Information may also be collected regarding referees and their contact details, which provides consent for TACIS to collect personal information from said referees.
It may be necessary to collect additional personal or sensitive information, either directly or from third parties, when hiring employees including any relevant security or background checks.
Use and Disclosure of Personal Information
TACIS uses and discloses personal information for the purposes disclosed at the time of collection or as set out in this policy. Where necessary, TACIS may disclose personal information to external agents and contractors (such as organisations who assist with TACIS’s educational and regulatory activities (NAATI, PRISMS, AVETMISS), mail-outs, student recruitment and independent IT service providers). TACIS will only disclose personal information to third parties for a purpose disclosed at the time of collection or as set out in this policy and with whom TACIS has entered into an agreement that gives the individual (or that the law requires to give the individual) at least the same level of protection to the personal information TACIS does.
TACIS may use personal information for the purpose of direct marketing and individuals will be able to opt out of receipt of marketing material and other optional communication by contacting TACIS on firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting that direct marketing communications are not sent. TACIS direct marketing activities may include sending materials such as surveys, newsletters and information about TACIS education events and activities. TACIS may use third parties to undertake such direct marketing activities on its behalf and may provide personal information to them for those purposes. TACIS will not disclose or externally publish personal information to third parties with a view to allowing them to direct market their products or services without the individuals consent. However, there are various communications that are required for TACIS to fulfil its purpose of providing education and these are not optional.
Personal information is also collected to enable TACIS to correspond with students and attend to administrative matters, which may require disclosure to third parties such as: work integrated learning, other student services, emergency circumstances, graduation and alumni purposes, bench-marking and quality assurance purposes, compliance with legislative reporting requirements and other uses as permitted by the Privacy Act. Other circumstances when TACIS may disclose personal information include:
There are certain extenuating circumstances under the Privacy Act where TACIS may be required to disclose personal information to third parties including:
Disclosure of such information will be carried out as necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and/or imminent threat, including when TACIS has been unable to contact a student for an unreasonable period. Refer also to the TACIS Critical Incident Policy and Procedures.
If an individual is alleged to have committed an offence, TACIS may be requested to assist the police or other authorised persons by providing personal information about that individual for enforcement of the law.
No attempt will be made to identify users of TACIS websites except in the unlikely event of an investigation or legal proceedings, or where otherwise permitted to do so under the Privacy Act. TACIS may be required to gather more extensive information than stated above, in cases such as:
TACIS will publish personal information on its website, only where the individual has consented to personal information being collected and disclosed for that particular purpose. Individuals should be aware that personal information may be indexed by search engines and that it may be copied and used by any web user Once personal information is published on TACIS website, it will not be possible to control subsequent use and disclosure. Where TACIS website contains external links to other sites, TACIS is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.
Under no circumstances will TACIS sell or receive payment for licensing or disclosing personal information.
TACIS may receive unsolicited information. In such circumstances, TACIS will dispose or de-identify any personal information collected within a reasonable timeframe.
Reporting to Government Agencies
TACIS is required to collect and disclose information obtained from a student’s admission and enrolment in order to meet its obligations under a range of legislative requirements for reporting to government agencies. This may include reporting to:
The authority to collect this information is contained in legislation including the following:
Information collected about a student can be provided, in certain circumstances, to the Australian Government and designated authorities and, if relevant, the Tuition Protection Services.
Security and Quality of Personal Information
TACIS takes reasonable steps to ensure that personal information is protected against loss, unauthorised access, use, modification or disclosure, other misuse, as required by law and generally accepted industry standards. However, to the extent permitted by law, TACIS excludes any liability for any security breach.
TACIS takes reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify personal information that is no longer required for any purpose permitted by the APP’s and that destruction of personal information is undertaken by secure means, as required by the Privacy Act.
TACIS will take reasonable steps required by the Privacy Act to ensure that personal information is accurate, complete and up to date. However, individuals must ensure their personal information is kept up to date by informing Student Services.
Students may also contact Student Services to request access to other personal information or to request access to, or correction of information not held on the online system. For security reasons, requests to view other information not held on the online systems (Moodle and aXcelerate) must be in writing by completing a Student Personal File Access Form.
TACIS will make reasonable endeavours to accommodate all access requests and requests to destroy or de-identify information to the extent required under the Privacy Act and the APPs. However, TACIS may refuse requests for access to, or correction of an individual’s personal information, in accordance with the Privacy Act and any other applicable legislation.
Complaints and Appeals
If an individual believes that their personal information has not been dealt with in accordance with the Privacy Act, they may lodge a complaint. The complaint should be lodged with Student Support Services or TACIS’s nominated delegated authority in the first instance for resolution. All complaints will be made in accordance with TACIS’s “Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedure”.
If a complainant is not satisfied with the response to a complaint, they can refer the matter to the Australian privacy regulator. Information about the regulator, the complaints process and how to lodge a complaint is available at http://www.oaic.gov.au/about-us/contact-us-page.
Administrative Policies and Procedures
TACIS provides policies and procedures of importance to all students and employees to assist them during their course of study or work. These policies and procedures can be found either in the Student Handbook, Staff Handbook or accessed from Student Services or the Quality and Compliance Manager.
Staff and students are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with these policies and procedures.
Relevant Documents and Forms: