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The Office of the Public Advocate has taken reasonable care to ensure that the material is correct and current at the time of publication but makes no warranty, either express or implied, concerning the suitability, reliability, availability, timeliness or accuracy of the material or any linked site for any purpose. We recommend that you obtain your own independent advice before acting on any material.
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The Office of the Public Advocate reserves the right to amend, delete, add to, or otherwise revise any information or materials contained on this website at any time.
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- damages for loss of use of data, loss of data, loss of profits, loss of revenue, indirect or consequential loss or damage, incurred by or awarded against you or any other person arising out of or in any way connected with the use or performance of the material, this website or any linked site
- any cost, loss, liability or expense arising from death, personal injury or damage to property (including damage to your software, hardware or data) resulting directly or indirectly from your access to or use of the material on, this website or any linked site
This website may be accessed throughout Australia and overseas. The Office of Public Advocate makes no representation that the content of this website complies with the laws (including intellectual property laws) of any country outside Australia. If you access this website from outside Australia, you do so at your own risk and you are responsible for ensuring compliance with all laws in the place where you are located.
The linked sites are not under the control of the Office of the Public Advocate and the Office of the Public Advocate is not responsible for the contents of any linked site. The Office of the Public Advocate does not endorse any material on a linked site or endorse any associated organisation, product or service.
By accessing a linked site, you agree to any terms of access or use imposed by that linked site. You acknowledge that the Office of Public Advocate cannot and does not grant any permission, licence or authority to you in respect of the intellectual property rights in a linked site.
The Office of the Public Advocate allows you to download particular material from this website. By downloading material from this website, you agree to:
- comply with the terms of our Copyright statement.
- on downloading material, conduct such virus scanning and other checks as may be necessary to ensure that the downloaded material will not corrupt or damage your property (including damage to software, hardware or data) or that of any other person
You can access the Office of the Public Advocate’s website home page, browse the site and download documents without disclosing personal information.
If you are seeking a service from the Office of the Public Advocate, you may be asked to provide personal information, such as your name, email address, telephone number and other contact or identification details. If you choose not to provide this information, the Office of the Public Advocate may not be able to provide the requested service to you.
The types of personal information that the Office of the Public Advocate may collect through its website include:
- personal information you have provided, such as your contact details
- the content of any online application, enquiry, submission, subscription, survey or complaint that you submit
- the content of any other solicited or unsolicited electronic communication that you send
- any registration information that you provide
- any other information that you provide to, or make available on, the website
- metadata relating to any electronic communications that you send (examples of metadata include your electronic address, time and date sent, time and date received, unique message identification, message type, message length, etc.)
The Office of the Public Advocate relies upon you to ensure that any personal information that you provide to, or make available on, its website is accurate, current, complete and relevant.
Collection of personal information about other persons
At or before the time that you provide to, or make available on, the Office of the Public Advocate’s website any personal information about another person the Office of the Public Advocate relies upon you to take reasonable steps to ensure that the person is aware:
- that such information will or has been provided to the Office of the Public Advocate
- how the person can access his or her information
- the purposes for which the information was provided to the Office of the Public Advocate
- to whom the Office of the Public Advocate usually discloses information of that kind
- any law that requires the information to be provided to the Office of the Public Advocate
- the main consequences (if any) for the person if all or part of the information is not provided to the Office of the Public Advocate
You are not required to make a person aware of the above matters where doing so would pose a serious threat to the life or health of any person or would involve the disclosure of information given in confidence.
Use and disclosure of personal information
The Office of the Public Advocate may disclose personal information collected through its website in order to perform its duties under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986.
The Office of the Public Advocate complies with the Health Records Act 2001 and Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014. Accordingly the Office of the Public Advocate will not use or disclose any personal information that it collects through its website unless the use or disclosure is:
- for the primary purpose for which the information was collected
- for a secondary purpose related or directly related to the primary purpose for which the information was collected and which the person would reasonably expect
- required or authorised by law
- for any other purpose permitted under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) or Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).
The Office of the Public Advocate will not use any of your personal information that it collects through its website to add you to a mailing list without your consent.
The Office of Public Advocate has implemented technology and security policies to protect the personal information which it collects through its website. When accessing or using any of the Office of Public Advocate’s website you should be aware that there are risks in transmitting information across the Internet. While the Office of Public Advocate strives to protect such information, it cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted over the Internet and you do so at your own risk. If you are concerned about providing sensitive information to the Office of Public Advocate over the Internet, you might prefer to contact the Office of Public Advocate by telephone or mail. The Office of Public Advocate uses SSL encryption where necessary to protect personal information which is provided to its website.
The Office of Public Advocate takes reasonable steps to protect personal information collected through its website from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure. The Office of Public Advocate will also take reasonable steps to remove personal information from its system where it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was collected or any other purpose (including archiving) which is permitted in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).
Web statistics data collection
The Office of the Public Advocate uses web analytics software to collect usage statistics for its website. This information is not used by the Office of the Public Advocate to identify you or match your identity with any of your personal information.
The following non-personal information may be automatically recorded by the web server of the Office of the Public Advocate’s website for statistical and system administration purposes:
- your server address
- your top-level domain name (e.g. .com, .au, .gov)
- the date and the time of your visit to the site
- the pages you accessed and downloaded
- the address of the last site you visited
- your operating system
- the type of browser you are using.
To the extent that any clickstream data could make you identifiable, the Office of the Public Advocate will not attempt to identify you from such clickstream data unless necessary for the investigation of unlawful activity or otherwise permitted under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).
The Office of the Public Advocate may use web beacons to record usage statistics for its website. Web beacons are not used by the Office of the Public Advocate to identify you or record any of your personal information.
Contacting us about privacy
The Office of the Public Advocate
Level 1, 204 Lygon Street
Carlton Victoria 3053
Phone: 1300 309 337
Fax: 1300 787 510
TTY: 1300 305 612
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