Your privacy is important to us and we are committed to the highest standards of privacy when we collect, store, use or disclose your personal information.
Steps we take to protect your privacy
Comcare is covered by national privacy legislation—Privacy Act 1988.
The Privacy Act gives you rights including:
- to be told why your personal information is being collected and whether it can be given to anyone else
- to see what information is held about you and have it corrected
- to have your personal information stored securely
- if you believe your privacy has been infringed, you can make a complaint.
To protect your privacy, we act to:
- ensure the personal information we collect, use, store or disclose is accurate, up to date and complete
- meet the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988, including the Australian Privacy Principles and Privacy (Australian Government Agencies) APP Code 2017
- ensure our staff understand and comply with their privacy responsibilities
- respond to complaints quickly and honestly
- continue working effectively with the Privacy Commissioner.
Privacy Impact Assessment Register
A Privacy Impact Assessment is a tool to assist an agency understand and evaluate compliance with privacy principles.
Comcare must maintain a register of all Privacy Impact Assessments completed, in accordance with s15(1) of the Australian Government Agencies Privacy Code.
View the Comcare Privacy impacts assessment register.
Personal information explained
Some common examples of personal information are:
- names, addresses, phone numbers or email addresses
- medical certificates, clinical notes or medical reports
- pay slips or bank statements
- witness statements.
The Privacy Act 1988 defines personal information as:
’Information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable:
- whether the information or opinion is true or not, and
- whether the information or opinion is recorded in a material form or not.
Access or correct your personal information
You can ask to access, amend or annotate the personal information we hold about you under the Privacy Act 1988. We aim to respond to your request within 30 days.
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- call us at 1300 366 979.
The Freedom of Information Act also supports personal information being amended if it is incorrect, incomplete, out of date or misleading.
- email email@example.com
- call us at 1300 366 979.
How to make a complaint about privacy
You can make a complaint to us if you believe we have interfered with your privacy or breached our obligations under the Privacy Act 1988:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- call us on 1300 366 979.
If you are not happy with our response or have a question about the Privacy Act or Australian Privacy Principles, contact the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
Comcare eNews privacy statement
Your privacy is important to us. We will only collect, use or disclose your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act).
Comcare is the Commonwealth agency authorised by the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for, or in connection with, the performance of its functions under the SRC Act, Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulations 2019 and other legislation. Any personal information collected from this subscription will be used for those purposes and we will not share your personal information or disclose it overseas.
Social media privacy statement
We use social media channels, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Vimeo, to communicate with the public about our work.
When you communicate with us through these channels, we may collect your personal information, but we only use it to help us to communicate with you and the public.
The social media services will also handle your personal information for its own purposes. These services have their own privacy policies. You can access the privacy policies for Twitter, LinkedIn and Vimeo on their websites.
You can find out more information about how Comcare uses social media.
Event registration collection notice
Comcare is authorised to collect, use and disclose personal information under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and the Work, Health and Safety Act 2011.
Any personal information you provide is collected by Comcare for the purpose of facilitating your participation in, seeking your feedback in relation to, and communicating about the event. Comcare needs to collect your personal information, otherwise Comcare may not be able to ensure your participation in the event.
You may also be required to provide financial information, including credit card details, if you make a payment for an event. This may be through one of our providers and Comcare may receive your personal information including whether payment for an event has been made. Where this occurs, Comcare does not receive your financial information.
Comcare will only collect, use, or disclose your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.
Comcare uses personal information for research, business, and policy development and for internal administrative purposes. We may also use personal information for analytics including to operate and improve our services including associated applications.
While unlikely, Comcare may need to disclose personal information outside Australia if circumstances require that we do so. If disclosure of personal information is made to someone overseas, Comcare will follow the Australian Privacy Principles that relate to disclosure to overseas entities.