Under the Privacy Act 1988 (as amended) Australian Volunteers International is obliged to comply with requirements effective from 21 December 2001. The following policy statement provides an overview of how we are meeting these privacy compliance obligations.
Protecting your privacy is important to Australian Volunteers International. Whenever we collect and otherwise deal with your personal information, we are governed by the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) which are contained in the Privacy Act 1988. Therefore, whenever collecting and dealing with information such as your name, address, email address or phone number and any sensitive information such as health information, we will be bound by the NPPs. Whenever we collect personal information from you, we will make every reasonable attempt to inform you of why we are collecting your information, to whom we will disclose that information and the purposes for which we intend to use that information. In general, the purposes for which we collect your personal information include:
- to process an application to become a participant in our program
- to facilitate your placement in an appropriate position
- to liaise with overseas employers and government departments to facilitate your placement
- to assist you with services whilst you are placed in our program
- to provide feedback and follow up on your placement
- to obtain feedback from you about your experiences
- to process a donation, sponsorship or other financial support
- to process your membership to our website
- to allow us to review and improve our program
- to keep you informed of AVI developments and future placement opportunities
To ensure that these purposes are fulfilled, the information will be stored, processed and handled in a manner that complies with the NPPs. To place you in our program, it will be necessary, where relevant, to pass on some of the information that you provide to appropriate third parties such as overseas government departments, Australian indigenous or overseas employers, health service providers, our insurer and auditors, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). Where it is necessary for us to collect sensitive information from you such as information about your health, we shall only disclose this information after receiving your consent to do so.
At all times, we will take great care to ensure that your personal information is protected and treated confidentially and in accordance with the Privacy Act. If you believe that we have not dealt with your personal information in a manner that complies with the Privacy Act or if you wish to access personal information that we hold about you, please write to or email the AVI Privacy Compliance Officer at the following address requesting a form on which to document the matter which you wish to discuss or the information that you would like to access.
All correspondence should be directed to:
Privacy Compliance Officer
Australian Volunteers International
PO Box 350
Fitzroy VIC 3065