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PO Box 947, Cairns QLD 4870
1300 WGCLAW (1300 942 529)

WGC LAWYERS PRIVACY POLICY

1. In the course of our business, there may be circumstances where we collect personal information. Our privacy policy has been developed to ensure that such information is handled appropriately.
2. We are committed to complying with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) in relation to all personal information we collect. This commitment is demonstrated in this policy. The Privacy Act incorporates the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). The APPs set out the way in which personal information must be treated.
3. This policy applies to any person for whom we currently hold, or may in the future collect, personal information.
4. This policy does not apply to acts and practices which relate directly to the employee records of our current and former employees.
5. In broad terms, ‘personal information’ is information or opinions relating to a particular identifiable individual.
6. Information or opinions are not personal information where they cannot be linked to a particular individual.
7. We manage the personal information we collect by:
(a) providing team members training on privacy issues;
(b) implementing procedures such as providing privacy statements when dealing with a client’s personal information;
(c) regularly reviewing our privacy compliance, including privacy audits;
(d) implementing security measures to keep the personal information we collect safe, including using unique usernames and passwords on systems that can access personal information and security cards to access on-site information; and
(e) appointing a designated privacy officer to monitor privacy compliance and be a contact for any privacy complaints and access or correction requests.
8. In limited circumstances, it may be possible for an individual to use a pseudonym or remain anonymous when dealing with us. If an individual wishes to use a pseudonym or remain anonymous they should notify us when making first enquiries or providing initial instructions. We will use our best endeavours to deal with the individual as requested, subject to our professional obligations and ability to perform the legal service without using the individual’s name. In most cases, our professional obligations will require the individual to deal with us using their real name.
9. We must comply with our professional obligations (including confidentiality obligations) in dealing with an individual’s personal information at all times.
10. We are a full-service commercial law firm and hold different information depending on the legal services provided to clients or, in the case of prospective employees, the information needed to assess future employment with us. Generally, the types of information that we may collect and hold include:
(a) contact information;
(b) financial information;
(c) business circumstances;
(d) family circumstances;
(e) information about assets and investments;
(f) employment history;
(g) date and place of birth;
(h) insurance history;
(i) banking and credit card details;
(j) expertise and interests;
(k) tax file numbers;
(l) driver’s licence and other photographic information;
(m) video or photographic footage given by clients to us for legal advice;
(n) information otherwise required by law; and
(o) any other personal information required to perform the legal service to the individual.
11. Where possible, we will only collect the personal information required to provide the legal service to the individual, or as required by our professional obligations.
12. ‘Sensitive information’ is a subset of personal information and includes personal information that could have serious ramifications for the individual concerned if used inappropriately.
13. The sensitive information that we collect and hold about an individual will include any information necessary to provide legal services to the individual. This may include:
(a) health information;
(b) racial or ethnic origins;
(c) political opinions and membership of political associations;
(d) religious beliefs or affiliations;
(e) philosophical beliefs;
(f) membership of professional or trade associations or unions;
(g) sexual preferences or practices;
(h) criminal records;
(i) genetic information;
(j) any sensitive information required to be disclosed by law; and
(k) any other sensitive information required to perform the legal service to the individual.
14. We will not collect sensitive information without the individual’s consent to which the information relates unless permitted under the Privacy Act.
15. Where reasonable and practicable, we will collect personal information directly from the individual to whom the personal information relates.
16. However, we may also collect personal information from numerous other sources. It is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of these sources, but they may include:
(a) professional advisors or agents for individuals who we act for;
(b) banks and financial institutions;
(c) government bodies;
(d) insurance companies;
(e) businesses about their employees, contractors, customers or suppliers;
(f) barristers and other solicitors;
(g) feedback surveys; and
(h) from paid search providers.
17. We hold personal information:
(a) physically, on our premises; and
(b) electronically,
(i) through internal servers and websites; and
(ii) on electronic storage devices, including DVD and USB.
18. We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that all personal information we hold is secure from any unauthorised access, misuse or disclosure. However, we do not guarantee that personal information cannot be accessed by an unauthorised person (e.g. a hacker) or that unauthorised disclosures will not occur.
19. Some of the methods we use to store and secure information include:
(a) using security cards to access printers;
(b) using unique usernames, passwords and other protections on systems that can access personal information;
(c) restricting access to information on a “needs to know basis”; and
(d) using our document retention system (locked storage area with only authorised access) for important documents such as Wills and other original documents.
20. We take reasonable steps to use and disclose personal information for the primary purpose for which it is collected. The primary purpose for which information is collected varies, depending on the particular service being provided, but is generally to provide legal advice and services to an individual or their business.
21. In the case of potential employees, the primary purpose the information is collected is to assess the individual’s suitability for a position with us.
22. Personal information may also be used or disclosed by us for secondary purposes which are within the individual’s reasonable expectations and related to the primary purpose of collection.
23. For example, we may use personal information for the following secondary purposes:
(a) to add an individual’s details to our newsletters, to inform the individual of updates and changes to the law that may affect them and to invite them to legal events relevant to their industry (which can be unsubscribed from at any time); or
(b) to provide a referral.
24. We may disclose personal information:
(a) to other service providers or referral partners, in order to provide the legal service to the individual (for example, other solicitors, barristers, experts, accountants, insurers etc. as the context of the legal service requires);
(b) with the consent of the individual to whom the information relates; or
(c) to third party contractors where it contracts out any financial, administrative, information technology or other services.
25. Otherwise, we will only disclose personal information to third parties with the relevant individual’s consent or if the disclosure is permitted by the Privacy Act.
26. We do not disclose personal information to overseas recipients.
27. We do not use an individual’s personal information to assess their credit eligibility. However, during the course of providing the legal service to the individual, we may collect credit information that is necessary to provide them with the legal service.
28. The main kind of credit information we collect is an individual’s identification information.
29. However, in the course of providing legal services to an individual, we may be given (and subsequently hold) the following other kinds of credit information:
(a) information about any credit that has been provided;
(b) repayment history;
(c) information about overdue payments;
(d) if terms and conditions of credit arrangements are varied;
(e) if any court proceedings have been commenced in relation to the individual’s credit activities;
(f) information about any bankruptcy or debt agreements;
(g) any publicly available information about credit worthiness; and
(h) any information about whether an individual may have fraudulently or otherwise committed a serious credit infringement.
30. We do not collect an individual’s credit information from credit reporting bodies, banks or other credit providers unless it is necessary to provide legal services or we have been expressly asked to.
31. In most cases, we will only collect credit information about an individual if disclosed to us and it is relevant in providing legal services.
32. Other sources we may collect the credit information from include:
(a) banks and other credit providers;
(b) other individuals and entities via referrals; and
(c) an individual’s suppliers and creditors.
33. However, in most cases an individual will be aware that this information is being collected as part of providing legal services.
34. We store and hold credit information in the same manner as outlined in paragraphs 17 to 19 above.
35. Our usual purpose for collecting, holding, using and disclosing credit information is to enable us to provide legal services.
36. We may also collect credit information to process payments.
37. We will not disclose an individual’s credit information to overseas entities unless expressly requested, apart from the extent that it is necessary or desirable to make such a disclosure to obtain payment of money owed to us.
38. An individual can access and correct his/her credit information, or complain about a breach of privacy in the same manner as set out in paragraphs 39 to 46 of this policy.
39. It is important the information we hold about individuals is up-to-date. Individuals should contact us if their personal information changes.
40. Individuals may request access to the personal information we hold or ask for their personal information to be corrected.
41. A request by an individual to access or correct personal information about the individual must be made to the following contact officer:
Contact person: Paul Furse
Telephone number: 07 4046 1111
Email address: pfurse@wgc.com.au
Postal address: PO Box 947, Cairns, Qld, 4870
42. We will grant an individual access to their personal information as soon as possible, subject to the request circumstances.
43. In keeping with our commitment to protect the privacy of personal information, we will not disclose personal information to an individual without proof of identity.
44. We may deny access to personal information if:
(a) the request is impractical or unreasonable;
(b) providing access would have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of another person;
(c) providing access would pose a serious and imminent threat to the life or health of any person;
(d) providing access would compromise our professional obligations; or
(e) there are other legal grounds to deny the request.
45. We may charge a fee for reasonable costs incurred in responding to an access request. The fee (if any) will be disclosed prior to it being levied.
46. If an individual is able to establish that personal information we hold is not accurate, complete and up-to-date, we will take reasonable steps to correct it so that it is accurate, complete and up-to-date, where it is appropriate to do so.
47. If a person wishes to complain about an alleged privacy breach, they must follow the following process:
(a) The complaint must be firstly made to us in writing. We will have a reasonable time to respond to the complaint.
(b) In the unlikely event the privacy issue cannot be resolved between us and the individual, the individual may take their complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.


48. A person can complain about a breach of privacy by contacting us using the contact details below:
Contact person: Belinda Down
Telephone number: 07 4046 1111
Email address: bdown@wgc.com.au
Postal address: PO Box 947, Cairns, Qld, 4870
49. We may update, modify or remove this policy at any time without prior notice. Any changes to the privacy policy will be published on our website.