Find out about your online privacy rights when using our website.
On this page:
We are committed to protecting your privacy.
We aim to offer an environment online that makes sure the information you give us is secure.
- the Privacy Act 1988
- the 13 Australian Privacy Principles (the APPs) that apply to both business and Australian government agencies.
When you deal with us you have the right be anonymous and the right to use a pseudonym.
Visiting the website
When you visit our website, we record anonymous information about your visit. We log this information to collect and analyse statistics on how our website is used in order to develop better services online for you.
The anonymous information we collect won’t tell us anything about you specifically (such as your personal details).
Information we log includes:
- your server address
- your operating system (eg. Windows, Mac)
- your top level domain name (eg. .com, .gov, .au, .uk)
- the date and time of your visit to our site
- the pages accessed and the documents downloaded
- the previous site visited
- the type of browser used (eg. Internet Explorer, Firefox)
- the language selected for translation.
The browser information is tracking using cookies. A cookie is a small text file a server puts on your hard-drive that shows you have come to our website a second time, third time, fourth time and so on.
Cookies are shared between your browser and our server. This lets us see the patterns of how you use our website. Cookies ‘remember’ your browser between page visits and identifies your browser when you return to the site, not you personally.
Subscribing to email alerts and completing online forms
The FWO uses Swift Digital, an online marketing platform service provider to send and manage emails.
When you subscribe to email updates and media updates:
- we record your email address
- we only use your email address for the reasons you gave it
- unless you ask us to, we won’t add your email address to other mailing lists.
- you can use a pseudonym as long as you supply a valid email address.
If you give us other personal information when using an online form or email, we will only:
- collect it by lawful and fair means
- use it for a lawful purpose
- collect it from you personally with your consent
- collect it from someone else if required, with your consent.
When you send us information by completing an online form that includes your personal details, we will collect personal details such as name, address and email address. We will delete your personal information when you unsubscribe in accordance with our obligations under the Archives Act 1983.
We won’t identify you or your browsing activities, except if there is an investigation. In this case, a law enforcement agency can exercise a warrant to look at our logs.
Archiving our website information
The National Library of Australia can archive information on our websites in accordance with the Archives Act 1983.
We can provide your information to third parties in Australia or overseas who help us with our statutory functions and activities.
We can provide your personal information to:
- government agencies/departments or anyone we are required or permitted, by law, to provide personal information to, or
- researchers conducting research or survey work for us.
We can transfer your information to these third parties electronically, including via the internet.
When we no longer need this information for authorised purposes, we will take all reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify it.
Using your information for surveys or research
When we provide personal information to third parties for surveys and research, we will limit them to only using or disclosing your personal information for the reasons we engaged them for.
Third parties conducting surveys or research for us have to follow the same legal obligations we follow when it comes to your information.
If you don’t want your personal information to be used by or disclosed to third parties conducting research or surveys for us, or if you want to inspect, amend or remove personal information we have about you, write to us at:
Fair Work Ombudsman
GPO Box 9887
In your capital city
While we work to make sure the web environment is secure, there are some risks when providing information online.
To make sure your information is as secure as possible, we encrypt all messages between the browser running on your computer and its online site. The encryption process we use is Secure Socket Layer (SSL).
The Privacy (Australian Government Agencies – Governance) Australian Privacy Principles Code 2017 (Cth) requires all agencies, including the Fair Work Ombudsman, to conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for all high privacy risk projects.
The FWO maintains this register of PIAs completed since the Code came into effect on 1 July 2018:
|Date||Title of PIA|
|October 2021||Online Services Program|
|July 2021||Small Business Employer Advisory Service|
|July 2021||Inclusion@Work Index|
|June 2021||Survey of employees as part of an investigation|
|March 2021||Email subscription services|
|March 2021||Exploring the Factors Underlying Effective Return to Work Programs|
|December 2020||CaseWare IDEA|
|December 2020||Information and data sharing with ATO|
|December 2020||International Students Workplace Rights Quiz|
|August 2020||Mentoring Solution|
|July 2020||eDiscovery Platform|
|April 2020||COVID-19 Notification Process|
|February 2020||Consultation Hub|
|January 2020||HR Digital Project|
|September 2019||Transition from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning platform|
|August 2019||Qualtrics survey tool|
|June 2019||Customer Information Search|