The information you provide on this form includes your personal information. Your personal information is protected by law, including by the Commonwealth Privacy Act.
We are using an IT system called the ‘Data Exchange’ to store your information. This system is hosted by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS). The personal information that is stored on the Data Exchange is only disclosed to us for the purpose of managing your case.
You do not have to consent to sharing your personal information with DSS. If you do not consent to us sharing your personal information, it will not affect the services you receive. If you do consent to sharing your personal information with DSS, you can ask for this information to be removed at any time.
DSS de-identifies your data. This means they remove information that identifies you or that could be used to re-identify you (e.g. your name).
DSS combine your data with other clients’ data in the Data Exchange to identify trends at the program level. This information is used to develop policy, administer grants programs, and conduct research and evaluations.
DSS may use this data to produce reports. These reports may be shared with other organisations. The data in these reports is de-identified.
• how to access the personal information that is stored about you on the Data Exchange
• how you can ask for this information to be changed or removed.
• the circumstances in which DSS may disclose personal information to overseas recipients
• how to complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles by DSS, and how DSS will deal with your complaint.