This Privacy Statement (“this Statement”) applies to “PMCA Advisory” (“we” or “us”), which includes Philip Martin Chartered Accountant and the entities it owns or controls. We want you to know that we are committed to protecting your privacy and handling your personal information in an open and transparent way.
This Statement explains how we collect, handle, store and protect personal information when:
When handling personal information we will comply with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in thePrivacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and other applicable legislation (such as Australian State and Territory healthprivacy legislation), as well as the Spam Act 2003 (Cth) and the Do Not Call Register Act 2006 (Cth). Where applicable,we will also comply with data protection laws of other jurisdictions, such as the European General Data ProtectionRegulation (GDPR)
The APPs are legally binding principles that are designed to ensure that individuals’ personal information is protected throughout the information life-cycle – that is, from the time the information is collected through to its destruction.The APPs also give individuals the right to access their personal information and have it corrected if it is incorrect.
We take our obligations under the APPs, Australian State and Territory privacy legislation and other applicable dataprotection laws seriously. Therefore, in addition to this statement, we also:
Information we collect when we provide professional services to our clients
We may be provided with personal information directly by our clients to enable us to deliver professional services or to perform due diligence checks before we agree to provide services. This information may relate to clients’ employees, members or customers or it may relate to third parties (for example, the spouses and dependants of a client’s employees, members or customers).
As part of providing professional services to our clients, we may also collect personal information from other sources (such as directly from individuals themselves or information that is publicly available).
The types of personal information we may collect or be provided with include, but are not limited to:
We may also collect sensitive personal information (also called ‘special category information’). For example, where we are provided with such information directly by our clients to provide professional services, or where we collect information directly from individuals with their consent. This may include:
Where we are provided with personal information by a client, we take steps to ensure that the client has complied with the relevant obligations under applicable data protection laws in relation to that information; this may include, for example, that the client has provided you with notice of the collection (and other matters) and has obtained any necessary consent for us to collect, use and disclose that information.
We also collect personal information (such as contact details and account details) from suppliers, contractors and third-party service providers that we engage to help us operate our business.
Information we collect when we perform any other activities that form part of the operation of our business
We may collect personal information when performing other activities that form part of the operation of our business, but which do not directly form part of providing professional services to our clients. For example, we might collect personal information from members of the public as part of undertaking surveys, research on current issues or as part of projects or initiatives we are conducting with other organisations.
The types of information that we collect may vary depending on the nature of the activity. However, we will take reasonable steps to provide clear information about the nature of those activities and the purpose for which we are collecting your information.
Information we collect via this Website (Log information, cookies, and web beacons) or when you attend events
We may collect your personal contact details when you use this Website or when you attend a PMCA event, or an event sponsored by PMCA. For example, if you sign up to receive promotional materials, thought leadership or communications about services provided by us.
Protecting children’s privacy
We understand the importance of protecting children’s privacy. This Website is not designed for, or intentionally targeted at, children 13 years of age or younger. It is not our policy to intentionally collect or store information about anyone under the age of 13.
How do we use personal information collected to provide services to our clients?
We use the personal information that we collect to provide clients with agreed services. We have an agreement with each client that governs the provision of our services and sets out the purposes for which we may use any information that the client provides to us (including any personal information). We use that information as permitted by the client agreement and we do not use that information for any other purposes, unless it is necessary to comply with a legal or professional right or duty.
Because we provide a wide range of different types of services to our clients, the way we use personal information also varies. For example, we might use personal information:
How we use information collected when we perform other activities that form part of the operation of our business
When we collect personal information as part of performing other activities that form part of our business, we will take reasonable steps to provide clear information about the nature of those activities and how we will use any personal information collected.
We may also use non-personal, de-identified and aggregated information for several purposes including for data analytics, research, submissions, thought leadership and promotional purposes.
How do we use information collected via this Website or through other sources? Do we use it to market goods and services to you?
We may use personal information that we collect from you via this Website, through your interactions with PMCA or through your attendance at events, to provide you with promotional materials, thought leadership or communications about services provided by us that we feel may be of interest to you. We may provide these materials to you directly(e.g. via email) or through third parties who provide us with marketing services (e.g. via your news feed in professional networking platforms).
We will not use your personal information collected via this Website or through other sources to market the goods and services of third parties to you without first notifying you and seeking your consent (usually through a separate privacy notice).
We may also use your personal information collected via this Website:
If you do not want to receive marketing materials from us, you can click on the unsubscribe function in the communication; or
At times, you may choose to register or create a user profile on this Website – for instance, to gain access to specific content, attend a hosted event, respond to a survey, or request communications about specific areas of interest. In such cases, the information you submit will be used to manage your request and to customise and improve this Website and related services offered to you. You may request at any time that we discontinue sending you emails, or other communications generated in response to your registration on this Website.
Are there any other ways we use your personal information?
We may also use personal information to protect our rights and those of our users or to comply with a legal or professional right or duty
We will only disclose your personal information as set out below. Importantly, we will never sell your personal information to third parties for advertising purposes or disclose it for any other secondary purpose without your authorisation.
We may disclose personal information to third parties that we engage to assist us in providing professional services to our clients or in the operation of our business (i.e. our subcontractors, advisors and suppliers).
These entities and third parties may sometimes be in other countries including the United States, Europe, Singapore, UK and India.
Where we disclose your personal information to third party service providers, we will take steps to ensure that those recipients protect that information from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure, and from misuse, interference and loss.
We may also be required to disclose personal information to law enforcement, regulatory or government agencies, or to other third parties:
We may share non-personal, de-identified and aggregated information with third parties for several purposes, including data analytics, research, submissions, thought leadership and promotional purposes.
Blogs, forums, wikis, and other social media
This Website may host various blogs, forums, wikis, and other social media applications or services that allow you to share content with other users (collectively ‘social media applications’). Importantly, any personal information that you contribute to these social media applications can be read, collected and used by other users of the application. We have little or no control over these other users and, therefore, we cannot guarantee that any information that you contribute to any social media applications will be handled in accordance with this Statement.
Certain data protection laws, such as the European GDPR, require us to have a ‘legal basis’ for processing personal information. Where those laws apply, we may process your personal information for the purposes outlined above because:
(a) You have consented to the processing of your personal information for those purposes;
(b) We have a legitimate interest in processing your personal information, which may be to:
(c) We are subject to legal, regulatory or professional obligations.
To the extent that we process any sensitive (special category) personal information about you for any of the purposes outlined above, we will do so because either:
(a) You have given us your explicit consent to process that information;
(b) We are required by law to process that information, for example, in order to ensure we meet our ‘know your client’ and ‘anti-money laundering’ obligations;
(c) The processing is necessary to carry out our obligations under employment, social security or social protection law; or
(d) The processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
We hold personal information in hard copy and electronic formats. We use a range of physical, operational and technological security measures to protect this information. These measures include:
You may access your personal information or have that information corrected if you believe that it is incorrect, at any time.
To request access, or to correct your personal information, please contact PMCA. The privacy team will then get in contact with you (either by phone or via email) and will work with you to provide you with access to your information or to determine whether it requires correction.
Alternatively, visitors who have chosen to register with this Website (for example, to receive the latest media releases or blog posts) may access their user profile, correct and update their details, or unsubscribe at any time. Visitors who have any problem accessing their profiles or would like to request a copy of their personal information should contact PMCA.
Depending on the jurisdiction in which you are located, you may also have the right to:
If you believe these rights apply to you and wish to exercise these rights, please contact PMCA.
Who should you contact?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your privacy, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact PMCA at:
PO Box 16129
Collins Street West VIC 8007
If you believe that the Privacy Officer has not adequately handled your query or issue, you may complain to the Complaints Officer whose contact details are as follows:
PO Box 16129
Collins Street West VIC
How do we handle complaints that we receive?
We take all the privacy complaints we receive seriously. We will acknowledge the receipt of a complaint immediately and will work with you to resolve it. If you would like more information about our process for handling complaints, please see our complaints handling policy.
What if you are not satisfied with how we have handled your complaint?
If you believe that PMCA has not adequately handled your privacy complaint, you may complain to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) whose contact details are as follows:
Where can I find out more about my privacy rights?
For further information about privacy and the protection of privacy, visit the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s website at www.oaic.gov.au.
What is our process for making changes to this Privacy Statement?
We may modify or amend this Privacy Statement from time to time. To let you know when we make changes to this Statement, we will amend the revision date at the top of this page. The new modified or amended Privacy Statement will apply from that revision date. Therefore, we encourage you to periodically review this Statement to be informed about how we are protecting your information.
The next annual review is scheduled for: July 2021.