Laneway Education Pty Ltd is a Registered Training Organisation with responsibility for delivering vocational education and training. Laneway Education Pty Ltd collects and stores personal information on our students. Laneway Education Pty Ltd complies with the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth). This policy describes how Laneway Education Pty Ltd collects, manages, uses, discloses, protects, and disposes of personal information in accordance with the thirteen Australian Privacy Principles outlined in Schedule 1 of the Privacy Amendment (EnhancingPrivacy Protection) Act 2012.
AUTHORITY TO COLLECT AND STORE INFORMATION
Laneway Education Pty Ltd is an approved Registered Training Organisation by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, RTO number 41504. This registration is issued under the authority of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011. This legislation requires Laneway Education Pty Ltd to collect personal and sensitive information from its students. This requirement is specified in the Data Provision Requirements 2011 which is one of four legislative instruments that Laneway Education Pty Ltd must comply with as a condition of its registration.
The data provision requirements require Laneway Education Pty Ltd to collect data from students in accordance with the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS). This is a complex information standard that defines information about who the student is, where the training is delivered and what they are studying. The Standards for Registered Training Organisations require Laneway Education Pty Ltd to retain and store this information for up to 30 years and to report training activity to government agencies in accordance with mandatory reporting requirements. Together these requirements form a statutory obligation to collect, store and report information of any student participating in nationally accredited training.
COLLECTION AND USE
Laneway Education Pty Ltd collects personal information, either directly or indirectly, that is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to its delivery of the services it offers. Some of the information collected may be regarded as ‘sensitive’ as defined by the Privacy Act. In broad terms the kinds of personal information and purposes for which it is collected are:
- Contact information such as name, organisation, position, address, telephone, and email are collected for marketing, support services, mandatory reporting and for communicating with stakeholders as part of our day to day operation.
- In addition to information collected for training activity, Laneway Education Pty Ltd will also collect, store and report information relating to satisfaction surveys, complaint handling and our client employers.
- Contact Student’s personal and sensitive information as well as training activity information is prescribed by the AVETMISS Standard. This information is collected directly from our students using enrolment forms which may be paper based or electronic and other administrative forms including but not limited to complaint forms, recognition
- Applications, request for refund, transfer application, etc. Much of this information is entered into our student management software. Paper-based records are electronically scanned and retained within our student files.
- Survey responses are collected using SurveyMonkey, a surveying tool. Survey responses are also recorded in our student management system.
- Enquiry information from prospective students including personal contact information is collected directly from individuals who make data requests either by telephone or email, in person or via our website.
Personal information collected by Laneway Education Pty Ltd that may be regarded as ‘sensitive’ under the Privacy Act includes:
- ‘Disability’ and ‘long-term impairment status’ (health); and ‘indigenous status’, ‘language spoken at home’, ‘proficiency in spoken English’, ‘country of birth’ (implies ethnic/racial origin). This information is specified in the AVETMISS data elements and is collected for the national VET data collections, national VET surveys, and may be collected for VET-related research.
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UNSOLICITED PERSONAL INFORMATION
If Laneway Education Pty Ltd should receive unsolicited personal information, it will be treated and managed according to the Australian Privacy Principles.
NOTIFICATION OF COLLECTION
Laneway Education Pty Ltd aims to notify individuals of the collection of their personal information before, or at the time of collection, or as quickly as possible thereafter. Notifications are usually in writing, but may be verbal for telephone help-desk services, or research conducted by telephone interview.
- Marketing – notification is provided on our website course application page. Individuals are also notified at the time of collecting personal information for events.
- Quality Indicator surveys – notification is provided in the invitation to participate in the surveys.
DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Laneway Education Pty Ltd does not disclose personal information other than for the purpose for which it was collected, or an individual has consented to a secondary purpose, or an individual would reasonably expect this (such as receiving communications about upcoming events), or if required by law. Laneway Education Pty Ltd may share personal information with the Commonwealth government in accordance with Commonwealth contractual obligations. In these circumstances Laneway Education Pty Ltd will take reasonable steps to inform and seek consent from the individuals concerned and take all reasonable steps to ensure that the recipient handles the personal information according to the Australian Privacy Principles. Laneway Education Pty Ltd does not sell its mailing lists to third-parties for marketing purposes. Laneway Education Pty Ltd does not disclose personal information to overseas recipients. While people around the world can access material published on our website, no statistical or research publications contain identifiable personal information.
MANAGEMENT OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Laneway Education Pty Ltd endeavors to ensure the personal information it collects and uses or discloses is accurate, up to date, complete and relevant. Laneway Education Pty Ltd routinely updates the information held in its customer relationship management system. In addition, Laneway Education Pty Ltd will periodically check with stakeholders to see if their personal contact details have changed.
ACCESS TO AND CORRECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Individuals may, subject to the exceptions prescribed by the Australian Privacy Principles, request access to and correction of their personal information where this is collected directly from individuals by Laneway Education Pty Ltd. Laneway Education Pty Ltd does not charge for giving access to or for correcting personal information. Requests for access to or correction of personal information should be made in writing. Requests will be answered within 14 business days.
INFORMATION RETENTION AND DISPOSAL
Personal information is held in electronic and paper format:
- Information collected from student enrolment applications, survey responses and during the delivery of services is held in our student management system.
- Names and contact details of stakeholders are held in our student management system and email contact lists.
- Backup copies of all electronic files held in Laneway Education Pty Ltd’s systems are kept in the event of system failure/loss. All backup copies of system files are secured.
Laneway Education Pty Ltd retains personal information for up to 30 years. When personal information is no longer necessary for Laneway Education Pty Ltd’s business functions, and it is lawful to do so, Laneway Education Pty Ltd destroys the information.
Laneway Education Pty Ltd takes active steps to protect personal information from misuse, interference and loss, and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
- Laneway Education Pty Ltd’s systems and internal network are protected from unauthorised access using appropriate technologies.
- Access to the student management system is protected through user log-on and password, and assignment of user access rights.
- Third-party providers used by Laneway Education Pty Ltd for the delivery of services are all located within Australia and are required to be compliant with the Australian Privacy Principles and offer appropriate safeguards to protect personal information.
- Laneway Education Pty Ltd’s premises and data storage systems are fully secured. Paper documents containing names and addresses are required to be shredded when destroyed. All hardware is properly ‘sanitised’ before disposal.
COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS
Complaints or concerns about Laneway Education Pty Ltd’s management of personal information should be directed in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Laneway Education Pty Ltd will respond in writing within 14 business days.