The planning and delivery of the Suburban Rail Loop project (Project) is being overseen by the Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA).
The legal framework
As a public organisation delivering a project on behalf of the Victorian Government, SRLA must comply with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) which contains a set of Information Privacy Principles (IPPs). SRLA must also comply with other laws which protect your privacy, including the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic). The Health Records Act contains a set of Health Privacy Principles (HPPs) and applies to SRLA’s handling of health information, which is not subject to the IPPs.
Types of information
In providing a query or feedback to SRLA, some of your personal information may come into SRLA's possession and when that occurs it is known as a collection under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic). The different types of information that are governed by privacy laws are set out below.
Personal information is information or an opinion that is recorded in any form, whether true or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent or can reasonably be ascertained from the information or opinion.
Sensitive information is also personal information, specifically personal information about an individual's racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association, religious beliefs or affiliation, philosophical beliefs, membership of a professional or trade association, membership of a trade union, sexual preferences or practices, or criminal record.
What personal information does SRLA collect?
SRLA has a number of interactions with the public during which the public may provide SRLA with personal information. For example, on its online "contact us" form SRLA collects individual's names and contact details.
In other instances, SRLA may collect personal information such as proof of identity, work details or information about your interactions with SRLA including enquiries and complaints. In relation to owners and occupiers of properties affected by the Project, SRLA may collect additional information such as information about buildings on the properties and planning permits. SRLA may collect your image (e.g. by photograph or by CCTV) if you attend any SRLA premises, information sessions or Project construction sites.
For job applicants, SRLA collects information about qualifications, skills, experience, character and screening checks. In addition, for staff who join SRLA, SRLA collects information about their employment arrangements and conduct and payment/financial details.
How will SRLA handle the personal information that it collects about you?
In performing its functions and in complying with the IPPs and HPPs, SRLA:
- will only collect personal information about you that is necessary for SRLA to fulfil its functions. A core function of SRLA is to engage and consult with stakeholders and the public about the Project. In some circumstances SRLA may collect personal information from third parties. For example, SRLA may collect personal information from other government bodies and ministers that redirect your queries and issues to SRLA. SRLA may also collect personal information from other third parties including public sources, local councils, rail operators, contractors engaged to help deliver the Project and organisations/groups with which you are associated or involved (e.g. your employer or a community group).
- will, when collecting your personal information, take reasonable steps to notify you or ensure that you are aware of the purpose for which your personal information is being collected and how your personal information is used and disclosed.
- may use the information you provide to communicate with you about the Project, consider and respond to enquiries, requests (including FOI requests), applications or complaints, plan and manage the design and delivery of the Project, to report on and forecast land/property claims including in relation to land use and associated claims, gain a better understanding of SRLA's stakeholders' questions or concerns about the Project to allow our team to respond to enquiries more efficiently, and to inform future public information and engagement activities.
- may disclose your contact details to a third party, such as a rail operator or authority, other state government personnel or organisations (including Public Transport Victoria, Transport for Victoria and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources or a contractor engaged to help deliver the Project, an external company that delivers mail on behalf of SRLA, technology and other contracted service providers, to respond to your enquiry or concerns, or at handover of the completed Project to the authority responsible for the rail network. SRLA may publish images, e.g. in SRLA's reports, website and social media pages. SRLA is subject to additional privacy requirements under the IPPs and HPPs when transferring personal information to third parties outside Victoria. This may occur in some cases including in relation to some technology providers.
- will obtain your consent to collect your sensitive information (unless SRLA is otherwise required or authorised to collect it), and to use or disclose your personal information if required.
- will take reasonable precautions to protect the security of your personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorised access, modifications or disclosures, including measures relating to secure premises, data access restrictions and user authentication.
In relation to job applicants and staff, SRLA uses also personal information for recruiting, training and managing staff. Personal information (including payroll/financial details where appropriate) may also be disclosed to academic institutions, recruiters, payroll service providers, screening check providers, health service providers, professional and trade associations, law enforcement agencies, referees and your current, previous and prospective employers.
SRLA may not be able to fulfil its functions without your personal information. We encourage you to contact us should you have any privacy queries.
A web server log is a file created by a web server which records all the activities it performs. SRLA may use standard web analytics software packages to analyse its web server log files in order to track usage of the Website.
Web server logs and cookies are used to gather statistical information about the use of the Website. These tools provide SRLA with general data including the number of visits, date and time of visits, pages viewed, browser types, methods of navigation, sections of the Website visited and other Website usage information. SRLA will not make any attempt to identify you or your individual browsing activity through these tools. The information collected is used by SRLA to update and improve the Website. SRLA does not use web server logs and cookies as the basis for direct marketing.
For further information, please visit the Google Privacy Centre and related information at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.
If you choose to engage with the Suburban Rail Loop Authority via social network channels including Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram or Facebook you should be aware of the following:
- SRLA only collects information that you voluntarily provide via polls, responses, posts, comments, direct messages and tweets
- Your social media profile contact details may be used to contact you for feedback or to engage you in conversation. All contact will be made via the channels you choose to participate in
- Any information you post on social media sites is potentially accessible to anyone else engaging with the same social media.
- Your individual privacy settings for profiles and accounts on social media networks are your responsibility. SRLA has no control or jurisdiction over these settings
- Each social network has inbuilt privacy settings. We strongly recommend that you regularly check and configure the privacy settings for your profiles and accounts to make sure that you know what information you are making available, and to which audience.
- When you choose to join our social networks and/or participate in any way, some of your personal information may be made visible to others. For example, if you choose to: ‘Like’ a post, tweet, comment or update; share a link; follow on Twitter; tweet a mention or retweet a message; or join a Facebook Group, your activity may be made visible to others within these network.
Social media accounts managed by SRLA include but may not be limited to:
Surveys using SurveyGizmo or SurveyMonkey
You may decline to provide this information by not responding to these surveys. If you do provide a survey answer you consent to storage of your survey answer offshore (outside of Australia). This means that once you have chosen to participate in the survey SRLA will not have an obligation to take reasonable steps to ensure that SurveyGizmo or SurveyMonkey does not breach the Victorian Privacy Principles in relation to personal information that is given to SurveyGizmo or SurveyMonkey.
You can access SurveyMonkey's and SurveyGizmo's privacy policies:
Who do you contact for any privacy concerns?
Please contact SRLA if:
- you wish to seek access to any personal information that SRLA holds about you
- you wish to have your personal information corrected
- you have any concerns about an image of you which has been published by SRLA, or
- if you have a complaint about the way that SRLA has handled your personal information.
Please address requests to the Lawyer – FOI & Privacy, Suburban Rail Loop Authority, PO Box 4509, Melbourne VIC 3001.
If you are not satisfied with SRLA's response you can contact the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection, or, in relation to health information, the Health Complaints Commissioner.