ST MONICA’S COLLEGE, EPPING
This statement outlines St Monica’s College, Epping, policy on how the
College uses and manages personal information provided to or collected by
it. St Monica’s College is bound by the National Privacy Principles
contained in the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988 and the Privacy Amendment
(Private Sector) Act 2000. The College may, from time to time, review and
changes to College’s operations and practices and to make sure it remains
appropriate to the changing College environment.
2. TYPES OF INFORMATION AND COLLECTION
The type of information the College collects and holds includes (but is not
limited to) personal information, including sensitive information, about:
2.1 students and parents and/or guardians (hereafter referred to as
parents) before, during and after the course of a pupil's enrolment at the
2.2 job applicants, staff members, volunteers and contractors, and
2.3 other people who come into contact with the College.
Personal Information provided by parents and
The College will generally collect personal information held about an
individual by way of forms filled out by parents or students, face-to-face
meetings and interviews, emails and telephone calls. On occasions people
other than parents and students provide personal information.
Personal Information provided by other sources:
In some circumstances the College may be provided with personal information
about an individual from a third party, for example a report provided by a
medical professional or a reference from another school.
Exception in relation to employee records:
Under the Privacy Act and Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) the Australian
Privacy Principles do not apply to an employee record. As a result, this
record, where the treatment is directly related to a current or former
employment relationship between the College and employee.
3. USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
The College will use personal information it collects from you for the
primary purpose of collection, and for such other secondary purposes that are
related to the primary purpose of collection and reasonably expected by you, or
to which you have consented.
Students and Parents:
In relation to personal information of students and parents, the College's
primary purpose of collection is to enable the College to provide education for
the student. This includes satisfying the needs of parents, the needs of the
student and the needs of the College throughout the whole period the student is
The purposes for which the College uses personal information of students and
3.1 to keep parents informed about matters related to their child's
education, through correspondence, newsletters and magazines;
3.2 day-to-day administration;
3.3 looking after students' educational, social and medical wellbeing;
3.4 seeking donations and marketing for the College;
3.5 to satisfy the College's legal obligations and allow the College to
discharge its duty of care.
In some cases where the College requests personal information about a student
or parent, if the information requested is not provided, the College may not be
able to enrol or continue the enrolment of the student or permit the student to
take part in a particular activity.
Job applicants, staff members and contractors:
In relation to personal information of job applicants, staff members and
contractors, the College's primary purpose of collection is to assess and (if
successful) to engage the applicant, staff member or contractor, as the case may
The purposes for which the College uses personal information of job
applicants, staff members and contractors include:
3.6 in administering the individual's employment or contract, as the case may
3.7 for insurance purposes;
3.8 seeking donations and marketing for the College; and
3.9 to satisfy the College's legal obligations, for example, in relation to
child protection legislation.
The College also obtains personal information about volunteers who assist the
College in its functions or conduct associated activities, such as the alumni
association, to enable the College and the volunteers to work together.
Marketing and fundraising:
The College treats marketing and seeking donations for the future growth and
development of the College as an important part of ensuring that the College
continues to provide a quality learning environment in which both students and
staff thrive. Personal information held by the College may be disclosed to
organisations that assist in the College's fundraising, for example, the
College's alumni organisation.
Parents, staff, contractors and other members of the wider College community
may from time to time receive fundraising information. College publications,
like newsletters and magazines, which include personal information, may be used
for marketing purposes.
4. DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
The College may disclose personal information, including sensitive
information, held about an individual to:
4.1 another school;
4.2 government departments;
4.3 diocesan authorities;
4.4 medical practitioners;
4.5 people providing services to the College, including specialist visiting
teachers, counsellors and sports coaches;
4.6 recipients of College publications, like newsletters and magazines;
4.8 anyone you authorise the College to disclose information to; and
4.9 anyone to whom we are required to disclose the information to by law.
Sending and storing information overseas:
The College may disclose personal information about an individual to overseas
recipients, for instance, to facilitate a school exchange. However, the College
will not send personal information about an individual outside Australia
4.10 obtaining the consent of the individual (in some cases this consent will be
4.11 otherwise complying with the Australian Privacy Principles or other
applicable privacy legislation.
The College may also store personal information in the 'cloud' which may mean
that it resides on servers which are situated outside Australia.
5. TREATMENT OF SENSITIVE INFORMATION
In referring to 'sensitive information', the College means: information
relating to a person's racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion,
trade union or other professional or trade association membership, philosophical
beliefs, sexual orientation or practices or criminal record, that is also
personal information; health information and biometric information about an
Sensitive information will be used and disclosed only for the purpose for
which it was provided or a directly related secondary purpose, unless you agree
otherwise, or the use or disclosure of the sensitive information is allowed by
6. MANAGEMENT AND SECURITY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
The College's staff are required to respect the confidentiality of students'
and Parents' personal information and the privacy of individuals.
The College has in place steps to protect the personal information the
College holds from misuse, interference and loss, unauthorised access,
modification or disclosure by use of various methods including locked storage of
paper records and password access rights to computerised records.
7. ACCESS AND CORRECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Under the Commonwealth Privacy Act and the Health Records Act, 2001 (Vic), an
individual has the right to obtain access to any personal information which the
College holds about them and to advise the College of any perceived inaccuracy.
Pupils will generally be able to access and update their personal information
through their parents, but older students may seek access and correction
There are some exceptions to these rights set out in the applicable
To make a request to access or update any personal information the College
holds about you or your child, please contact the Principal in writing. The
College may require you to verify your identity and specify what information you
require. The College may charge a fee to cover the cost of verifying your
application and locating, retrieving, reviewing and copying any material
requested. If the information sought is extensive, the College will advise the
likely cost in advance. If we cannot provide you with access to that
information, we will provide you with written notice explaining the reasons for
8. CONSENT AND RIGHTS OF ACCESS TO THE PERSONAL INFORMATION OF
The College respects every parent's right to make decisions concerning their
Generally, the College will refer any requests for consent and notices in
relation to the personal information of a student to the student's parents. The
College will treat consent given by parents as consent given on behalf of the
pupil, and notice to parents will act as notice given to the pupil.
As mentioned above, parents may seek access to personal information held by
the College about them or their child by contacting the Principal. However,
there will be occasions when access is denied. Such occasions would include
where release of the information would have an unreasonable impact on the
privacy of others, or where the release may result in a breach of the College's
duty of care to the pupil.
The College may, at its discretion, on the request of a student grant that
student access to information held by the College about them, or allow a student
to give or withhold consent to the use of their personal information,
independently of their parents. This would normally be done only when the
maturity of the student and/or the student's personal circumstances so
9. ENQUIRIES AND COMPLAINTS
If you would like further information about the way the College manages the
personal information it holds, or wish to complain that you believe that the
College has breached the Australian Privacy Principles please contact the
Principal. The College will investigate any complaint and will notify you of the
making of a decision in relation to your complaint as soon as is practicable
after it has been made.
This policy was approved by the College Board in March 2014 and will be
reviewed in 2017.
No portion of this material may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system
or transmitted in any form by any means whatsoever without the prior permission
of the Principal of St Monica’s College Epping.