12.0 PRIVACY STATEMENT
Diocese of Rockhampton
Catholic Schools and Diocesan Catholic Education Office
This privacy statement applies to schools administered by the Diocese of Rockhampton and the Diocesan Catholic Education Office (DCEO).
In accordance with the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000, the Diocese of Rockhampton Catholic schools and the DCEO (referred to as Catholic Education within this statement) have adopted and are bound by the ten (10) National Privacy Principles established by the Federal Privacy Commission and set out in the Act – see www.privacy.gov.au
Catholic Education considers all personal, sensitive and health information of parents/guardians, students and prospective employees (considered Rockhampton Catholic Education’s ‘consumers’ under the Act) to be private and only uses information collected and recorded to fulfil the educational mission of the Diocese of Rockhampton.
In abiding by the National Privacy Principles Catholic Education will:
• collect personal, sensitive and health information by fair, lawful and non-intrusive means.
• only use information collected for the provision of quality Catholic schooling. In addition, information may be collected and recorded to satisfy Catholic Education’s legal obligations.
• not disclose or distribute personal, sensitive or health information collected from its consumers without the consumer’s specific consent or unless required to do so by law. Catholic Education may distribute aggregated statistical information for reporting purposes, but information that is personally identifying will not be disclosed to third parties.
• disclose, with consent, from time to time, personal, sensitive and health information to others for administrative and educational purposes. This includes individuals within DCEO, systemic schools within the Diocese of Rockhampton, parish authorities, medical practitioners, and people providing services to schools, including specialist visiting teachers and consultants, sports coaches and volunteers.
• take reasonable steps to ensure information collected is accurate, complete and up-to-date.
• take reasonable steps to protect personal, sensitive and health information held from misuse, loss and unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
If a consumer believes that any of the personal, sensitive or health information held by Catholic Education regarding them is inaccurate, incomplete or out of date, they have the right, in accordance with the provisions of the Act, to make any updates or corrections.
Privacy issues arising within schools can be discussed on a confidential basis in the first instance with individual School Principals. Alternatively, if an individual believes that their privacy has been breached and this matter is unable to be resolved at school or local level, a complaint may be made in writing to The Director, Diocesan Catholic Education Office Rockhampton. Similarly, privacy issues arising within the DCEO are to be discussed on a confidential basis with Director.
If you would like further information about the way DCEO or a particular school manages the personal information it holds, please contact the school or the Assistant to the Director / Administration at the Diocesan Catholic Education Office on 49 313 611 or write to Diocesan Catholic Education Office, Attention: Assistant to the Director – Administration at PO Box 524 Rockhampton 4700.