This Privacy Policy Statement is prepared in accordance with the National Privacy Principles (‘NPPs’) in the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988 (‘Privacy Act’). The NPPs prescribe minimum standards for the way in which organisations deal with individuals’ personal information. Under the Privacy Act, personal information generally includes information from which an individual’s identity is apparent or is reasonably ascertainable.

Your Privacy is Important to Us

TradesmanInsurance.com.au, Equita Financial Services Pty Ltd and any related companies that may be incorporated from time to time (collectively referred to as ‘Equita’, ‘we’, ‘us’, and ‘our’) are committed to the protection of your personal information in accordance with the NPPs.

This Privacy Policy Statement (‘Privacy Policy’) explains in general terms how we collect, store, use and disclose your personal information, and sets out your right to request access to information that we hold about you. Employee records which are exempt under the Privacy Act will not be subject to this Privacy Policy.

Collection of Personal Information

Equita only collects personal information which is necessary in connection with its business purposes. These purposes include:

  • Referring you to insurance brokers and financial advisers to receive quotes on insurance

The specific types of personal information collected and used by Equita varies according to the purpose for collection. However, in general this information includes:

  • Your name, location, phone number and email address.
  • Your gender, date of birth, smoking status and occupation.

We will assume that you have consented to the collection, use and disclosure by us of any health information which you provide to us for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy, unless you tell us otherwise.

Equita collects most of the personal information it requires directly from you by way of written forms and other correspondence (including faxes, letters and emails), by telephone, in person, by its representatives, and via its website.

It is important that Equita collects the information it requires about you. Without this information, we may not be able to provide you with its services.

Before providing personal information about another individual to Equita, you must first ensure that the other individual is aware of:

  • The disclosure of their information to Equita and the purposes for which the information is collected.
  • The individual’s ability to request access to the personal information held about them by Equita, and to advise Equita if they think the information is inaccurate, incomplete or out-of-date.

Use and disclosure of Personal Information

Equita may use and disclose your personal information for the primary purpose for which the information was collected (see Collection of Personal Information), reasonably expected secondary purposes, where you have consented, and otherwise in accordance with the NPPs, including:

  • To┬árefer you to an insurance broker or financial adviser who can assist with your quote request or enquiry;
  • To conduct surveys and other market research to assist us in assessing and improving our services;
  • Where required or authorised by law; and
  • Where required for administrative purposes and all other purposes reasonably associated with Equita’s business.

We may disclose your information to third party contractors and service providers engaged by Equita from time to time to provide goods or services to us or on our behalf (including but not limited to email and mail handling providers, financial and credit service providers and market research providers). Where such a third party is engaged, we prohibit them from using personal information provided to them by us, except for the specific purpose for which we supplied it.

Your information may be shared between TradesmanInsurance.com.au and Equita Financial Services Pty Ltd, and with any related companies that are incorporated from time to time.

Data Quality, Storage and Security

Equita strives to ensure that all personal information held in its records is accurate, complete and up-to-date.

Personal information is held in a combination of electronic (and in some cases, hard copy) records stored securely at Equita’s facilities. Electronic information is protected by password security and other data protection measures.

Access to personal information is restricted in accordance with Equita’s procedures to those personnel whose job functions require access to such information. Certain administrative functions may from time to time be contracted out to third parties, and in these cases appropriate security measures are implemented to ensure the security and integrity of all personal information.

Access and Correction

You may obtain access to the information held about you by Equita by writing to our Privacy Officer as detailed below.

In accordance with the NPPs, Equita may deny access to requests for access to information in certain circumstances, including where:

  • Providing access would have an unreasonable impact upon the privacy of another individual
  • Providing access to the information would be unlawful, or the law permits Equita to deny access
  • The information relates to existing or anticipated legal proceedings, or would prejudice Equita’s commercial negotiations with you or other individuals
  • In Equita’s opinion, the request is frivolous or vexatious.

Equita will correct any personal information which it becomes aware is inaccurate, incomplete or out of date.

Changes to Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is current as at January 2010. Equita may review and update this Privacy Policy from time to time to reflect changes in the law, our business practices, procedures and structure, and the community’s changing privacy expectations.

While it is not possible to notify you of changes to the Privacy Policy, the latest version of the Privacy Policy will be available on our website at www.tradesmaninsirance.com.au. You can also contact our Privacy Officer to obtain the latest version of the Privacy Policy at any time.

Point of Contact

To request access to personal information held about you in our records, to make a privacy related complaint, to obtain more information about this Privacy Policy or to enquire about privacy matters generally, please contact our Privacy Officer as follows:

The Privacy Officer
Equita Financial Services Pty Ltd
PO Box 511
Hamilton QLD 4007
Email: privacy@equita.com.au