Our Privacy Principles
Toomey Family Law is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) in the Privacy Act 1988 (the Act). We have adopted internal policies and procedures to ensure that personal information that we collect, store, use and disclose is dealt with in accordance with the APPs. You can see the full text of the APPs online at www.privacy.gov.au
Collecting personal information
We may need to collect personal information about you and others including names, addresses, phone numbers and other contact details. We may also collect details of the age, sex, hobbies and other personal information about you or others.
Personal information refers to any information or any opinion, whether true or not, from which an individual’s identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained.
We may need to collect personal information so we can:
- identify our clients, potential clients and their representatives;
- identify parties with whom our clients have dealings or who are in some way involved in proceedings involving our clients;
- inform you or others of any initiatives we think may be of interest to you or them;
- inform you or others of developments in the law and relevant business markets;
- provide or offer you or others services or other benefits;
- conduct our business and provide our services in a professional and efficient manner; or
- develop and implement initiatives to improve our services.
If we are not provided with all the personal information we request, we may be unable to act for or do business with you or others.
Where possible we will collect personal information directly from the individual concerned. However, an individual’s representatives may hold personal information (eg, financial or bank account details or a credit reference) that we may need to access for particular dealings, legal proceedings or other purposes. Where we are at liberty to do so, we will use our best endeavours to seek an individual’s consent before obtaining their personal information from third parties.
Personal information may be collected by us when:
- we are contacted about our services, in person or over the telephone or online;
- during the course of a dealing or proceedings involving a client;
- we negotiate and enter into dealings; or
- we respond to an inquiry, where we consider personal details are required or appropriate to fulfil the query.
The personal information of our clients or their representatives will usually be recorded or up-dated on our computer database. Otherwise, personal information will be kept on the file involving the matter in which the individual concerned is involved or for which the personal information was collected.
Any additional purpose for the collection (not included in this policy) will be identified when we collect the personal information, or as soon as practicable afterwards.