1. Personal Information

Swanbuild Pty Ltd must observe certain rules when it collects or holds “personal information”.  “Personal information” means any information at all held about an individual person (not a company) and can include addresses, phone numbers, employment details, and any other information about employees, contractors, customers, suppliers and any other individuals.

2. Collecting Personal Information

Employees must observe the following rules when collecting or storing personal information during the course of their employment:

3. Collecting information

Information will only be collected when necessary, and will be collected from the individual concerned, unless that individual authorises Swanbuild Pty Ltd to collect the information from another source (for example, to contact a former employer for a reference), or unless one of the other exceptions in the Privacy Act applies.

4. Telling individuals their rights

When collecting personal information from an individual, Swanbuild Pty Ltd will ensure that that person is informed:

  • that the information is being collected (and the reason why);
  • who will have access to the information, and the name and address of the agency collecting and holding the information (which will usually be Swanbuild Pty Ltd);
  • what the result will be if the person fails to supply the information requested; and
  • that the individual has the right to have access to and to request correction of the information.

5. Storage and Security

Swanbuild Pty Ltd will keep personal information for no longer than is necessary.  Swanbuild Pty Ltd will ensure that unauthorised people do not gain access to personal information.

6. Access and Correction

Swanbuild Pty Ltd will give any person access to personal information about that person upon request, unless one of the exceptions in the Privacy Act applies.  The following is a guide to the situations in which access may be refused; however, as it is illegal to refuse access without good reason, employees should ensure that one of the exceptions set out in the Privacy Act applies before refusing a request for personal information.

Reasons for refusing access to a person’s personal information:

  • when the information is commercially sensitive;
  • when access would breach another person’s privacy;
  • when the information is “evaluative material” about the individual which was supplied in confidence by another individual (such as a reference from a former employer); and
  • when the information consists of confidential communications with legal advisers (or with other persons when legal proceedings are contemplated).

If a person requests that information held about that person be corrected, Swanbuild Pty Ltd will either comply with that request or attach a statement to the information to the effect that a request for correction has been made.

7. Personal Information

Swanbuild Pty Ltd holds information on its employees in accordance with the privacy policy.  All personal information on employees will be held as part of that employee’s employment record in accordance with the following policy:

  • The employment record will be kept by the Human Resources Department with details of the employee’s starting date, hourly rate and subsequent increases, all leave taken and owing, training received and required, correctional procedures, performance and salary reviews, and all other information relevant to the employee’s employment.
  • The employment record may be viewed by human resources personnel, payroll staff, and management.
  • Employees may request to have access to, and to request correction of, the information held about them, subject to the reasons for withholding information set out in the Privacy Act.
  • The purpose of holding the information is to enable Swanbuild Pty Ltd to function as an employer, including consideration of applications for promotions or transfers.  Failure to provide necessary information (including the provision of false or misleading information) may result in disciplinary action where this is warranted.

8. Collecting Personal Information

Employees who are involved in the collection of personal information must familiarise themselves with the privacy policy and, if necessary, with the Privacy Act itself.

9. Forms

All job applicants must be asked to complete the standard job application form, which contains a Privacy Act declaration.  [Customers and suppliers must be asked to complete the standard [customer account application, etc.] when they first do business with Swanbuild Pty Ltd, in order to obtain all necessary Privacy Act consents.]

10. Storage and Security

Employees who hold records of personal information must keep that information in locked filing cabinets and should regularly go through their files and discard all personal information which no longer needs to be kept.

11. Access and Correction

Any request for access to, or correction of, personal information by the individual to whom that information relates, must be referred to the Managing Director, unless the employee is certain that there is no reason why the request should not be granted.

12. Personal Information to be kept No Longer than Necessary

Personal information must not be kept for longer than is required for its lawful use.

13. Limits on the Use and Disclosure of Information

Information acquired for one purpose may not be used for another unless one of the exceptions set out in the Privacy Act applies.

Individual information, except for law and order purposes or for statistical purpose where the individual is not identified, may not be disclosed unless the disclosure is one of the purposes (or a directly related purpose) for which the information was collected from the individual, or unless the individual gives consent to the disclosure.

14. Unique Identifiers

The assignment of unique identifiers such as tax numbers or PIN numbers which may give opportunity to identify an individual is not permitted unless such assignment is necessary to enable Swanbuild Pty Ltd to carry out any one or more of its functions efficiently.  If so, certain rules apply to the use of unique identifiers.