In dealing with personal and sensitive information about individuals, CEM is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). In relation to health records, CEM is also bound by the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).
CEM collects information from individuals that is necessary in order for it to perform one or more of its functions or activities related to its work of advising and supporting Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The type of information CEM collects and holds includes (but is not limited to) personal information, including health and other sensitive information, about:
CEM will generally collect personal information held about an individual from forms filled out by the individual, face-to-face meetings and interviews, emails and telephone calls. On occasions people other than the individual provide personal information.
CEM may receive information on students, Parents and staff of Victorian Catholic schools from schools.
In some circumstances CEM may receive personal information about an individual from a third party, for example a report provided by a school or by a medical professional or a reference from another employer.
When you look at CEM’s website, CEM’s Internet Service Provider (myinternet) makes a record of your visit and logs the following information for statistical purposes:
Access to information collected
CEM will not attempt to identify users by their browsing activities. However, in the unlikely event of an investigation, a law enforcement agency or other government agency may exercise its legal authority to inspect CEM’s Internet Service Provider's logs.
CEM will only record your email address if you send CEM a message. Your email address will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it and it will not be added to a mailing list or used for any other purpose without your consent.
CEM’s website does not provide facilities for the secure transmission of information across the Internet. Users should be aware that there are inherent risks in transmitting information across the Internet.
CEM’s website only uses session cookies and only during a search query of the website.
On closing your browser the session cookie set by CEM’s website is destroyed and no personal information is maintained which might identify you should you visit CEM’s website at a later date.
CEM will use personal information it collects from you for the primary purpose of collection, and for such other secondary purposes that are related to the primary purpose of collection and reasonably expected, or to which you have consented.
CEM uses personal information on students and Parents collected by the CEM or provided to CEM to:
Job applicants and contractors
In relation to personal information of job applicants and contractors, CEM's primary purpose of collection is to assess and (if successful), engage the applicant or contractor.
In addition, CEM uses the personal information of job applicants and contractors for the purpose of:
CEM may also obtain personal information about volunteers to assist CEM in its functions or to conduct associated activities to enable CEM to conduct its functions.
CEM undertakes marketing activities to promote the future growth and development of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. CEM may receive personal information held by a school for CEM’s marketing purposes.
CEM may disclose personal information, held about an individual to:
Sending and storing information overseas
CEM will not send personal information about an individual outside Australia without:
How does CEM treat sensitive information?
Sensitive information relating to a person's racial or ethnic origin, political opinion, religion, trade union or other professional or trade association membership, philosophical beliefs, sexual orientation or criminal record will be used and disclosed only for the purpose for which it was provided or a directly related secondary purpose, unless you agree otherwise, or the use or disclosure of the sensitive information is allowed by law.
CEM staff are required to respect the confidentiality of students' and Parents' personal information and the privacy of individuals.
CEM has various methods in place to protect the personal information it holds from misuse, interference, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. These include, but not limited to, locked storage of paper records, access protocols, password protected computer records, high level security measures and encryption.
Under the Commonwealth Privacy Act and the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic.) an individual has the right to obtain access to any personal information which CEM holds about them and to advise CEM of any perceived inaccuracy. There are some exceptions to this right set out in the Act. Students will generally be able to access and update their personal information through their Parents, but older students may seek access and correction themselves.
To make a request to access or update any personal information CEM holds about you or your child, please refer to the contact details below.
CEM may require you to verify your identity and specify what information you are seeking. CEM may charge a fee to cover the cost of verifying your application and locating, retrieving, reviewing and copying any material requested. If the information sought is extensive, CEM will advise the likely cost in advance. If CEM cannot provide you with access to that information, you will be provided with a written notice explaining the reasons for refusal.
CEM respects every Parent's right to make decisions concerning their child's education.
Generally, CEM will refer any requests for consent and notices in relation to the personal information of a student to the student's Parents. CEM will treat consent given by Parents as consent given on behalf of the student, and notice to Parents will act as notice given to the student.
While Parents may seek access to personal information held by CEM about them or their child by contacting the CEM Privacy Officer (see contact details below), there will be occasions when access is denied. Such occasions would include where release of the information would have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of others, or where the release may result in a breach of CEM’s duty of care to a staff member or student.
CEM may, at its discretion, on the request of a student, grant that student access to information held by CEM about them, or allow a student to give or withhold consent to the use of their personal information, independently of their Parents. Normally, this would only be done when the maturity of the student and/or the student's personal circumstances warrant it.
If you would like further information about the way CEM manages the personal information it holds, or wish to complain if you believe that CEM has breached the Australian Privacy Principles, please contact the CEM Privacy Officer:
CEM Privacy Officer
Catholic Education Office Melbourne
PO Box 3, EAST MELBOURNE 8002
Phone 9267 0228
CEM will investigate any complaint and notify you of a decision in relation to your complaint as soon as practicable after the decision has been made.
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