Lifeline Northern Beaches employees and prospective employees who have been offered a position should also refer to our Employment Conditions Policy.
This policy is written in simple language. The specific legal obligations Lifeline Northern Beaches has when collecting and handling your personal information are outlined in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), and in particular the Australian Privacy Principles found in that Act.
This policy applies to Lifeline Northern Beaches handling of personal information.
section 6 of the Privacy Act 1988:
personal information means information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable:
(a) whether the information or opinion is true or not; and
(b) whether the information or opinion is recorded in a material form or not.
This policy also refers to ‘sensitive information’, which is a subset of personal information. Sensitive information includes information or an opinion about your:
Where possible, we will allow you to interact with us anonymously or using a pseudonym. For example, if you seek to contact us through the Online Crisis Support Chat Service, the 13 11 14 telephone service, donating to Lifeline, the Text4Good service or our general enquiries and feedback online form we will not ask for your name or seek identifying information unless we need it to adequately respond to your request or to assist you. However, please see below information collected via our IT systems when you contact Lifeline’s 13 11 14, Online Crisis Support Chat or Text4Good services.
However, if we do identify you in the course of interacting with you anonymously (such as through your telephone number), we may use or disclose that information to protect you or others. For example we may provide your phone number to emergency services if we think there is a risk of harm to you or another person. This is described in more detail in paragraph 6.1.
The choice of how much information you provide to us is yours and depends on the purposes for which you interact with Lifeline Northern Beaches. However, if, for example, you want to subscribe to our mailing list, make a donation, apply to become a volunteer, or apply for employment with us, we require certain information from you. Our information handling practices in relation to the personal information we collect are explained below.
We collect, hold, use and disclose personal information for the purpose of carrying out the objectives of Lifeline Northern Beaches. The objectives of Lifeline Northern Beaches include:
Use for primary purpose and certain secondary purposes
Lifeline Northern Beaches only uses individuals’ personal information for the primary purpose for which it was collected, a secondary purpose to which the individual has consented, or for a purpose related to the primary purpose of collection and the individual would reasonably expect the personal information to be used for such purpose.
Primary purposes (and secondary purposes for which consent is required) is set out in collection notices, and may include:
Use for direct marketing General principles
Lifeline Northern Beaches may use individuals’ personal information for direct marketing purposes, but only where:
Consent for direct marketing
Opting out of direct marketing
Email direct marketing communications contain an ‘unsubscribe’ link that provides individuals with the opportunity to opt out of direct marketing communications. In other circumstances, individuals who do not wish to receive direct marketing communications from Lifeline Northern Beaches may contact us at (02) 9949 5522 or firstname.lastname@example.org to opt out or use the opt out provided on the direct marketing material.
Lifeline Northern Beaches takes all necessary steps to opt such individuals out of direct marketing communications. Requests to opt out of direct marketing communications are treated in the first instance as a request to opt out of the particular campaign or event to which the communication relates. However, individuals are given the opportunity to contact Lifeline Northern Beaches (for example, by phone) to opt out of all direct marketing communications, across all programs, events and channels.
Individuals who have opted out of direct marketing may still receive administrative emails or phone calls, such as reminders to bank funds raised.
Removal of opt-outs
Individuals who register for events, make a donation or otherwise provide their personal information for marketing-related purposes after they have previously opted out of direct marketing communications should be taken to have ‘opted in’ once again and may receive direct marketing communications. However, all such direct marketing communications must give the individual the opportunity to opt out as described above.
What we collect
We try to only collect personal information that is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, an activity we are undertaking to carry out a Lifeline Northern Beaches objective. The kind of personal information we may collect, and its uses, are described below.
Information collected in providing a Lifeline crisis support service
We collect information that you provide to the Lifeline telephone crisis support service, or through contact with the Online Crisis Support Chat Service or the Text4Good service. We collect this information as a result of our role in providing:
Your name and contact details are not recorded in either of the above records unless you provide them to us.
Information collected when you make a general enquiry
We collect personal information that you provide to enable us to respond to your enquiry. For example, we collect your name and contact details and the nature of your enquiry if you contact us to:
Information collected in relation to Fundraising
For the avoidance of doubt, fundraising refers to the activities undertaken by Lifeline to raise funds to support its Crisis Services. This includes (but is not limited to), facilitating donations, sponsorships, workplace giving and fundraising campaigns.
When you make a donation, we collect your name and contact details, your credit card number, the card expiry date and the amount donated. The only information that is required when you make a donation via our website is your credit card details.
Where possible, we will collect personal information directly from the individual. However, it is permissible to obtain personal information from third parties such as contractors (including fundraising service providers and list vendors. Lifeline Northern Beaches will ensure that any contractual arrangements with a list owner or broker will ensure that any contractual arrangements with a list owner or broker will meet all requirements outlined in the Australian Privacy Principles. Until first use, the broker or, in the case of the data being supplied direct, list owner is responsible for the accuracy and the agreement of those people on the list for their details to be used by third parties.
If personal information about an individual is collected from a third party and it is unclear that the individual has consented to the disclosure of his or her personal information to Lifeline Northern Beaches, reasonable steps should be taken to contact the individual and ensure that they are aware of the collection. In most cases, this can take place simultaneously with the first use of the information by Lifeline Northern Beaches.
Donors also have the availability to ‘opt in’ to providing other information such as date of birth, employment information, including but not limited to job title, opinions via surveys and questionnaires and postal address. This information can be provided to Lifeline in an ‘opt in’ basis, and donors have the ability to opt out of this at any time.
Where Lifeline Northern Beaches collects personal information from an individual in relation to fundraising, that individual should be provided with a collection notice.
Collection notices should generally be provided at the time the information is collected. Where this is not practical (for example, where information is collected from a third party), the collection notice should be provided at the time of first contact with the individual.
The collection notice should cover as many of the following matters as is reasonably practicable in the circumstances:
Lifeline Northern Beaches may use individuals’ personal information for direct marketing purposes, but only where:
Information collected when you purchase
When you order resources from the Lifeline Shop, we collect your name and contact details, items purchased, the last four digits of your credit card number and the card expiry date.
Information collected when you volunteer to deliver Lifeline services
We collect personal information necessary to enable us to assess your application to register as a volunteer. Depending on the role this may include your employment and volunteer history, education, criminal history or a working with children background check. Volunteers for Board member positions may also have to provide information relevant to assessing conflict of interest risks.
Information collected when you seek employment with Lifeline Northern Beaches
We collect personal information necessary to enable us to assess your application for employment with us such as:
Information collected in relation to Lifeline Northern Beaches employees
We collect personal information necessary to manage our employees such as:
Information collected via the Workforce Management System
Lifeline Northern Beaches facilitates the use of a Workforce Management System (WFMS) by the Lifeline Northern Beaches Members for the purpose of forecasting call demand and the allocation of resources across the Lifeline network (to support 13 11 14 and Text4Good). The WFMS holds details of each Crisis Supporter’s name and contact details; skills and training, rostered shifts and employment status (employee or volunteer).
Information collected in the delivery of training and education services
We collect personal information such as student contact details, enrolment forms and academic records which are required by law to be collected by Lifeline Northern Beaches as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
As an RTO, Lifeline Northern Beaches is also required to collect information from trainers and assessors to verify they possess the requisite qualifications to deliver training and education.
Who we collect personal information from
The main way we collect personal information about you is when you give it to us or through a Lifeline Northern Beaches Member (service delivery provider).
For example, we may collect personal information from you:
We also collect personal information from you when you give it to a Lifeline Northern Beaches Member and that information is entered by that Member into IT systems that are provided and supported by Lifeline Northern Beaches.
Sometimes we collect personal information from a third party or a publicly available source, but only if the individual has consented to such collection or would reasonably expect us to collect their personal information in this way. For example, we collect personal information:
We may also collect personal information about you from a third party in the course of a person calling a Lifeline service such as the Online Crisis Support Chat Service, the 13 11 14 telephone service or the Text4Good service. As we do not create records that identify people who use Lifeline services, personal information about you that is provided by another person in these circumstances, will not be contained in a record that is easily linked to you.
With specific reference to donations made to Lifeline Northern Beaches:
Lifeline Northern Beaches makes no active effort to collect personal information from Children under the age of 18. Children who do wish to submit information to Lifeline (to process a donation) should secure permission from their parent or legal guardian prior to doing so.
Collecting through our websites
Lifeline Northern Beaches has its own public website — https://www.lifelinenb.org.au . There are a number of ways in which we may collect information though our website.
We may use Google Analytics to collect data about your interaction with our website. Google Analytics is hosted by a third party. The sole purpose of collecting your data in this way is to improve your experience when using our site. The types of data we collect with these tools include:
Cookies are small data files transferred onto computers or devices by websites for record-keeping purposes and to enhance functionality on the website.
Most browsers allow you to choose whether to accept cookies or not. If you do not wish to have cookies placed on your computer, please set your browser preferences to reject all cookies before accessing our website.
The core functionality on these platforms will be largely unaffected if you disable cookies in your browser but you may be unable to access some advanced functions.
Social Networking Services
We may use social networking services such as Facebook and Instagram to communicate with the public about our services. When you communicate with us using these social networking services we may collect your personal information, but we only use it to help us to communicate with you and the public. The social networking service will also handle your personal information for its own purposes. These services have their own privacy policies. You can access the privacy policies for Instagram and Facebook on their websites.
NB: Lifeline Northern Beaches does not provide crisis support or suicide prevention services via Lifeline Northern Beaches social media platforms (Facebook or Instagram).
General Disclosure Practices
We do not disclose personal information to another person or organisation (including police, emergency services and other government agencies) unless one of the following applies:
Disclosure to service providers
Lifeline Northern Beaches uses a number of service providers to whom we disclose personal information. These include providers that host our website servers and CRM system.
To protect the personal information we disclose we:
Disclosure of personal information overseas
Web traffic information is disclosed to Google Analytics when you visit our websites. Google stores information across multiple countries.
When you communicate with us through a social network service such as Facebook or Instagram, the social network provider and its partners may collect and hold your personal information overseas.
Lifeline Northern Beaches’s Customer Relationship Management Database (which hosts donation related information) is hosted on secure off-shore servers in the USA, Japan, Germany and Australia and accessed through the ‘cloud’. We have taken reasonable steps to ensure that:
To ensure that the personal information we collect is accurate, up-to-date and complete we apply the following data quality procedures:
We also review the quality of personal information before we use or disclose it.
The manner in which we apply the above data quality procedures depends on the nature of the personal information. For example:
We take steps to protect the personal information we hold against loss, unauthorised access, use, modification or disclosure, and against other misuse. These steps include:
When no longer required, personal information is destroyed or deleted in a secure manner in compliance with the Payment Card Industry standards, which governs Lifeline Northern Beaches handling of payment card information.
Under the Privacy Act (Australian Privacy Principles 12 and 13) you have the right to ask for access to personal information that we hold about you, and ask that we correct that personal information.
You can ask for access or correction by contacting us and we must respond within 30 days. If you ask, we must give you access to your personal information, and take reasonable steps to correct it if we consider it is incorrect, unless there is a law that allows or requires us not to. For example, we will not give you access to your personal information if we reasonably believe that:
Individuals will be required to provide the following information before access or correction is undertaken:
We will not provide access to personal information unless we are sure that the person seeking access is the person to whom the information relates, or the law otherwise supports such access. In some cases additional proof of identity information may be required or access may have to be denied because ownership of a record cannot be proven.
If we refuse to give you access to, or correct, your personal information, we will notify you in writing setting out the reasons.
If we make a correction and we have disclosed the incorrect information to others, you can ask us to tell them about the correction. We must do so unless there is a valid reason not to.
If we refuse to correct your personal information, you can ask us to attach a statement which indicates that you believe the information is incorrect, and why.
If you wish to contact us about a privacy matter or are concerned about the way we have handled your personal information, you can lodge a written request or complaint with our Privacy Officer at either of the following addresses:
Postal Address: PO Box 681, Balgowlah, NSW 2093; or
Email Address: email@example.com
If you are dissatisfied with our investigation of your concerns, you can lodge a complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner who is independent of Lifeline Northern Beaches.