Information collection and privacy protection
The Information Protection Principles of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 are the basis upon which personal information is collected, stored, used and disclosed by this Office.
This Office aims to ensure that personal information gathered via the electoral process or in the carriage of the activities of this Office is secure and protected from unauthorised access and use. Our officers are expected to be diligent in ensuring that personal information is not inadvertently released.
No officer is to disclose personal information unless authorised by legislation or approved by the Electoral Commissioner.
Your email address
This Office will only record your email address in the event that you send a message by email. Your email address will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it and will not be added to any mailing lists without your consent. This Office will not use or disclose your email address for any other purpose, without your prior written consent.
Clickstream data and cookies
When visiting this website the site server makes a record of the visit and logs the following information for statistical purposes:
The user's server address – this allows us to consider the visitors who use the site most, and tailor the site to their interests and needs;
The user's operating system (for example Windows, Mac etc.) – this allows us to tailor browser or platform specific parts of the site to each operating system because browsers act differently on each platform;
The user's top level domain name (for example, .com, .gov, .au etc.) – this can allow us to tailor information relevant to different domains;
The date and time of the visit to the site – this is important for identifying the website's busy times and ensuring maintenance on the site is conducted outside these periods;
Pages accessed and documents downloaded – this indicates to us which pages or documents are most important to our users and also helps identify important information that may be difficult to find;
Duration of the visit – this indicates to us how interesting and informative our site is to our users;
Geographic location – this shows us how well marketed our site is internationally;
The site visited before our website – this helps us determine the interests of our users and which sites are providing links to ours as well as sites where we may be able to seek links;
No attempt will be made to identify users unless legally compelled to do so, such as in the event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect the Internet Service Provider's log files.
This site contains links to other sites. This Office is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. This Office has no knowledge if cookies or other tracking devices are used on linked websites other than those used to confirm the effectiveness of online advertising.
Security of Information
We provide a secure environment and a reliable system but you should be aware that there may be inherent risks associated with the transmission of information via the Internet. For those who do not wish to use the Internet, this Office provides alternative ways of obtaining and providing information.
Need further information?
If you have any privacy concerns, please contact this Office on telephone 1300 135 736.
Domain name – The code for the country or type of internet connection a user comes from, such as '.com' '.gov' '.au' '.uk'.
Information Privacy Principles – Principles established under Part 2 Division 1 of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. Government agencies must comply with these principles in their handling of personal information in their possession. The principles can be accessed via www.legislation.nsw.gov.au.
Internet Service Provider – A company or organisation that provides access to the internet for users.
Law enforcement agency – An agency of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory, such as the Police, which exercises powers such as executing a warrant to seize documentation or goods or to search premises etc.