We respect your rights to privacy under the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Act) and we comply with all of the Act’s requirements in respect of the collection, use, management, disclosure, quality, security, access to and correction of your personal information.
What is your personal information?
What personal information do we collect & hold?
The kinds of personal information we collect from you or about you depend on the transaction you have entered into with us, the services you, your agents or your organisation have contracted us to provide, and the services you, your agents or your organisation are interested in. We may collect the following types of personal information:
- mailing or street address;
- email address and telephone and fax number;
- age or birth date;
- system access passwords;
- profession, occupation or job title;
- where you are our employee, your personnel records including your employment agreement, pay records, leave records, tax status, criminal record checks, superannuation records, training records, and performance and disciplinary records;
- where you are our customer, details of the products and services you have purchased from us or our customers (on whose behalf we may provide products or services) or which you have enquired about, together with any additional information necessary to deliver those products and services and to respond to your enquiries;
- credit card and banking details;
- details of your creditworthiness and credit history;
- any additional information relating to you that you provide to us directly through our websites or indirectly through use of our websites or online presence, through our representatives or otherwise; and
- information you provide to us through our service centre, customer surveys or visits by our representatives from time to time.
It is important to appreciate that much of the personal information we collect and hold is done so by us when we are acting as the “agent” or service provider of our customer. For example, we operate customer support centres on behalf of many Australian companies, from real estate agents, retailers to banks and other institutions. When you contact one of our operators at a contact centre, you may not necessarily be aware that the call centre is operated by EPIC Biz Solutions on behalf of our customer. We have set out in the Annexure to this policy some more detail around the information we may collect and hold in respect of each of our key businesses. Please read this carefully.
We may also collect some information that is not personal information because it does not identify you or anyone else. For example, we may collect anonymous data or aggregated information about how users use our websites. We do not re-identify this information to turn it into personal information.
How do we collect your personal information?
Personal information is only collected by lawful and fair means in accordance with the Act. We collect your personal information directly from you unless it is unreasonable or impracticable to do so. When collecting personal information from you, we may collect in ways including:
- through your access and use of our website;
- through your use of telephone and mobile communication (including but not limited to fixed line IVR services);
- through your use of electronic devices including tablets, supplied by us to you, or otherwise connecting to our systems in order to facilitate and enable you to perform your duties or to provide services to us;
- during conversations between you and our representatives;
- during correspondence between you and our representatives, including electronic correspondence; or
- when you complete an application, contract or purchase order.
Some of the personal information EPIC Biz Accounting holds or deals with is not actually collected by EPIC Biz Accounting. Because EPIC Biz Accounting is a leading provider of business process outsourcing, much of the data and personnel information it deals with is provided to it by its clients, and has not actually been directly collected by EPIC Biz Accounting from the individual concerned.
It is impracticable for us to collect information directly from you when we are acting as the “agent” or service provider of our client, as our client has already collected the relevant information from you (or another third party), and our client has provided it to us for our use in providing services to or on behalf of our client. For example, we act on behalf of many customers in sending email communications. To enable us to do so we may use our customer’s database of personal information which our customer has supplied to us. It is impracticable for us to “recollect” this information from you directly before we use as requested by our client.
In respect of personal information which is provided to us by our clients, we do seek client assurances that all such personal information has been collected lawfully and in compliance with the Privacy Act and that all required consents have been obtained for, and disclosure statements made in respect of, the intended use of that personal information. EPIC Biz Accounting however will not be responsible for, and accepts no liability in respect of, any failure by a client to do so.
We may also collect personal information from third parties who are not our clients including for example, from third party companies such as data providers and brokers, credit reporting bodies, law enforcement agencies and other government entities.
What happens if we can’t collect your personal information?
If you do not provide us with the personal information described above, some or all of the following may happen:
- we may not be able to provide the requested products or services to you, either to the same standard or at all, or we may not be able to supply services to our clients which will enable our clients to do the same; or
- we may not be able to provide you with information about products and services that you may want, including information about discounts, sales or special promotions, or we may not be able to supply services to our clients which will enable our clients to do the same; or
- we may be unable to tailor the content of our websites to your preferences, or we may not be able to supply services to our clients which will enable our clients to do the same; or
- if you are a client of ours, we may not be able to provide you with the products and services you require; or
- if you are a prospective employee, we may not be able to hire you; or
- if you are our employee, it may be a breach of your employment conditions to not provide us with the information; or
- if you are a contractor to us, you may not be able to provide your services to us.
For what purposes do we collect, hold, use & disclose your personal information?
We collect personal information about you so that we can perform our business activities and functions and to provide the best possible quality of customer service to you and to enable us to provide products and services to our clients.
We collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information for the following purposes, in each case, either on our own behalf or when acting on behalf of a client:
- to provide products and services to you and our clients and to send communications requested by you and/ or our clients;
- to answer enquiries and provide information or advice about existing and new products or services;
- to conduct business processing functions including providing personal information to our related bodies corporate, clients, contractors, field officers, service providers or other third parties;
- to assess the provision of, and provide credit, to you;
- to undertake debt collection services on behalf of our clients;
- for the administrative, marketing (including direct marketing), planning, product or service development, quality control and research purposes of EPIC Biz Accounting, its related bodies corporate, clients, contractors or service providers;
- to provide your updated personal information to our related bodies corporate, clients, contractors or service providers;
- to update our records and keep your contact details up to date;
- to process and respond to any complaint made by you; and
- to comply with any law, rule, regulation, lawful and binding determination, decision or direction of a regulator, or in cooperation with any governmental authority of any country (or political subdivision of a country).
Where you are our employee, we may collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information for all purposes connected with our employment relationship. This includes hiring you, training you, administering your personnel records (including pay and leave records), and managing your performance.
We may also use your personal information for other purposes related to those described above, and/or for a purpose for which you would reasonably expect it to be used, as permitted by the applicable Act.
EPIC Biz Accounting sometimes handles personal information relying on exemptions under the applicable Act. Under the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), these include exemptions in relation to
- (i) employee records;
- (ii) related bodies corporate;
- (iii) provision of services to State or Territory authorities; and
To whom may we disclose your information?
We may disclose your personal information to:
- our employees, related bodies corporate, clients, contractors or service providers for the purposes of operation of our websites or our businesses, fulfilling requests by you, and to otherwise providing products and services to you and our clients including, without limitation, IT systems administrators, couriers, payment processors, data entry service providers, electronic network administrators, debt collectors, and professional advisors such as accountants, solicitors, business advisors and consultants;
- Suppliers, clients and other third parties with whom we have commercial relationships, for business, collection, marketing, credit reporting and related purposes; and
- any organisation for any authorised purpose with your express consent.
We may combine or share any information that we collect from you with information collected by any of our related bodies corporate. Our clients may do likewise.
Direct marketing materials
We may send you direct marketing communications and information about our products and services that we, or our clients, consider may be of interest to you. These communications may be sent in various forms, including email, in accordance with applicable marketing laws, such as the Australian Spam Act 2003 (Cth).
At any time you may opt-out of receiving marketing communications from us by contacting us (see the details below) or by using opt-out facilities provided in the marketing communications and we will then ensure that your name is removed from our mailing list (or where are using a mailing list provided by our client, we will pass your request on to our client).
How can you access and request correction of your personal information?
You may request access to any personal information we hold about you at any time by contacting us at email@example.com. Where we hold information that you are entitled to access, we will try to provide you with suitable means of accessing it (for example, by mailing or emailing it to you). We may charge you a fee to cover our administrative and other reasonable costs in making the information available to you and, if so, the fees will be $30 per hour of time spent. We will not charge for simply making the request and will not charge for making any corrections to your personal information.
There may be instances where we cannot grant you access to the personal information we hold. For example, we may need to refuse access if granting access would unreasonably interfere with the privacy of others or would result in a breach of confidentiality. If that happens, we will give you written reasons for any refusal.
If you believe that personal information we hold about you is incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate, then you may request us to correct it. We will consider if the information requires correction. If we do not agree that there are grounds for correction then as required by the applicable Act we will, where requested by you, take reasonable steps to attach to or associate with the information a statement of the correction sought but not made, or a statement that the information is inaccurate, out-of-date, incomplete, irrelevant or misleading.
What is the process for complaining about a breach of privacy?
If you believe that your privacy has been breached, please contact us using the contact information below and provide details of the incident so that we can investigate it.
Our procedure for investigating and dealing with privacy breaches is to ascertain all relevant facts and correspond with those involved (including where relevant our clients), reach a view as to the existence, scope and cause of the issue, and where relevant and appropriate, implement corrective or rectification measures.
A request for access to the personal information held by EPIC Biz Accounting concerning an individual can be made by that individual to EPIC Biz Accounting Privacy Officer on the numbers or address mentioned below or, in cases where EPIC Biz Accounting is acting on behalf of a client, to EPIC Biz Accounting client. A fee may apply, the amount of which will be advised at the time of application.
Do we disclose your personal information to anyone overseas?
We may disclose personal information to our related bodies corporate including EPIC Biz Accounting and third party suppliers and service providers located overseas for some of the purposes listed above. Some of our employees are located overseas. We also store electronic personal information using cloud technology, which may involve the transfer of data to other foreign countries.
Except where specific individual consent has been obtained, we take reasonable steps to ensure that the overseas recipients of your personal information do not breach the privacy obligations relating to your personal information.
We may disclose your personal information to entities located overseas, including the following:
- our related bodies corporate located in Australia, New Zealand and Philippines (including EPIC Biz Accounting );
- our data hosting and other IT service providers, located in United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and Philippines;
- our clients and their related entities located in foreign countries, to the extent that we are acting on their behalf or at their direction in using, storing, or collecting your personal information. Applicable foreign countries include Australia, New Zealand and Philippines.
We take reasonable steps to ensure your personal information is protected from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. We may hold your information in either electronic and/or hard copy form.
Personal information is destroyed or de-identified when no longer required for any of the purposes for which it may be lawfully used or disclosed.
As our website is linked to the internet, and the internet is inherently insecure, we cannot provide any assurance regarding the security of transmission of information you communicate to us online. We also cannot guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted over the internet. Accordingly, any personal information or other information which you transmit to us online is transmitted at your own risk.
Our website may contain links to other websites operated by third parties. We make no representations or warranties in relation to the privacy practices of any third party website and we are not responsible for the privacy policies or the content of any third party website. Third party websites are responsible for informing you about their own privacy practices.
- information we collect and hold about individuals who are directors of a company, when providing commercial credit to that company;
- information we collect and hold about individuals who provide a personal guarantee to us in relation to commercial credit we provide to a company; and
- information we collect and hold about individuals who are obtaining that credit for their own business purposes as sole traders or partners in a partnership.
When you apply for or obtain or guarantee credit from us, the credit-related personal information that we collect from you includes information that identifies you, such as your name, postal address, email address and date of birth and your driver’s license number.
We may exchange credit-related personal information about you with credit reporting bodies (CRBs) for the purposes of assessing commercial credit applications from you or companies of which you are a director, and also to assess whether to accept a guarantee from you.
We may use the information we collect from and about you for account management and administrative purposes directly related to the provision or management of the commercial credit we provide to you or to companies of which you are a director.
We may also report defaults in payment terms or guarantee commitments in relation to commercial credit to CRBs. We may also disclose your credit-related personal information to any guarantor of your obligations to us.
We may also use the information we collect from and about you to:
- collect overdue payments;
- assign debts; and
- create assessments and ratings of your creditworthiness.
- Access and Correction – see section “How can you access and request correction of your personal information?”;
- Complaints – see section “What is the process for complaining about a breach of privacy?”;
- Disclosure outside Australia – see section “Do we disclose your personal information to anyone overseas”; and
- Security – see section “Security”.
We will treat your requests or complaints confidentially. Our representative will contact you within a reasonable time after receipt of your complaint to discuss your concerns and outline options regarding how they may be resolved. We will aim to ensure that your complaint is resolved in a timely and appropriate manner.
Please contact our Australia-based Privacy Officer at:
Att: Privacy Officer
EPIC Biz Accounting
Phone: 1300 787 968
Address 15 Market Street Nunawading – 3131
Melbourne VIC 3000