Web privacy statement
The Privacy Act 1988 defines personal information as meaning information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable: whether the information or opinion is true or not; and whether the information or opinion is recorded in a material form or not.
This website is managed by the Office of the Special Investigator (the OSI). We take our obligation to protect your privacy seriously.
The Privacy Act 1988 is the key law designed to protect your rights and prevent misuse of your personal information collected by government agencies such as the OSI.
Also, information received by us is protected from unauthorised use and disclosure by virtue of specific provisions in the Crimes Act 1914, Public Service Act 1999 and the Public Service Regulations 1999.
A breach of these laws might incur criminal and/or civil liability.
We might collect personal information from you when you visit this site. You can generally visit this site without telling us who you are, unless you choose to provide such information.
Security of information
We operate under The Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF), published by the Attorney-General's Department, which provides direction on our information security management policies.
The PSPF ensures that all official information is safeguarded to ensure its confidentiality, integrity, and availability by applying safeguards so that:
- only authorised people, using approved processes, access information
- information is only used for its official purpose, retains its content integrity, and is available to satisfy operational requirements
- information is classified and labelled as required.
All information created, stored, processed, or transmitted in or over government information and communication technology (ICT) systems is properly managed and protected throughout all phases of a systems life cycle, in accordance with the protocols and guidelines set out in the PSPF, which includes the Australian Government Information Security Manual, produced by the Australian Signals Directorate.
Site visit data
A record of each visit to our site is logged. Information is recorded for statistical purposes and is used by us to monitor the use of the site, discover what information is most and least accessed and to make the site more useful.
The information we log when you access our website includes:
- your IP or server address
- the date and time of your visit to the site
- the pages or files accessed by you
- your operating system
- your web browser version and type
- the time taken to transmit the information to you
- the previous internet address from which you were referred to our website.
The information we collect is analysed to show broken links on our website, bottlenecks, and other site problems. We use this information to maintain the site for efficient use.
We might also collect information about the IT device you use. This information could be used to identify you to assist us to carry out our functions and activities.
We use two cookie types — session cookies and persistent cookies.
These files are used only for the duration of a web browser session with our website. All cookies will be immediately removed when you end your internet session or shut down your computer. Our copy of your information will be automatically deleted twenty minutes after you have last used our system.
This information is only used to help you use our website systems more efficiently, not to track your movements through the internet, or to record your personal information.
These files stay in one of your browser subfolders until you delete them manually or your browser deletes them based on the duration period contained within the persistent cookie's file (usually beyond the termination of the current session).
No personal information is stored within cookies used by our website. No attempt will be made to identify anonymous users or their browsing activities unless we are legally compelled to do so.
You can find more information on the Privacy Commissioners website.
If at any time you believe we have not adhered to the principles referred to in this privacy statement, contact us through our online form.
While we provide a secure environment, you should be aware there are inherent risks associated with the transmission of information via the Internet.
Before you put your personal details on our website, check that your computer and internet are as secure as possible. Steps you can take to help make your computer safe include:
- set and protect your passwords
- set and update anti-virus and anti-spyware software
- install and use a firewall
- manage spam emails
- secure your internet browser.
You can find further information, including practical tips on how to protect yourself against security scams and how to complete online transactions safely at Stay smart online.