The Privacy Act 1988 sets out a number of Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). Our aim is to both support these principles and ensure that we comply with them. Further information on privacy in Australia may be obtained by visiting the website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at https://www.oaic.gov.au
MyBudget collects personal information in a number of ways. These include:
Where you decline to provide us with personal information, or refuse us authorisation to collect information from a third party, this may affect our actions in setting up and managing your budget or creditor payment arrangements, or otherwise providing you with our services, and your level of service may be diminished.
You may choose to contact us anonymously where it is lawful and practicable to do so – for example, if you telephone us requesting our postal address. You will also be able to use our public website anonymously. However, if you do not identify yourself, we will only be able to give you general information and we may not be able to provide the full services you need.
Please note that all calls between clients and the contact centre are monitored and/or recorded for our records, as well as for training and quality purposes.
We collect only relevant information about you that is needed to establish and maintain your account and services, or as otherwise necessary to conduct our business, as the law allows and/or requires us to collect. We may collect personal and financial information about you that is “non-public”. The information we collect varies depending on the accounts and services you request and use.
We are likely to collect personal information, such as your contact details and other identifying information, necessary for our business dealings with you. This may include your name, email address, postal/residential address, telephone number, and how you heard about MyBudget. We may also collect further personal information, such as your current financial status, credit history, how many dependants you have, your employment status and other such information. We will also collect your financial information, including details about your income, expenditures, bank accounts and payment details. In some circumstances, we will be required to collect government identifiers, such as your tax file number, Medicare number and/ or pension card number.
Without your consent, we will not collect information about you that reveals your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs or affiliations, membership status of professional or trade associations, membership status of a trade union, or details of health, disability, sexual orientation, or criminal record. This is subject to some exceptions, including where the collection is required or allowed by law, and when the information is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of a legal claim. We understand that this information is sensitive, and our staff are trained to treat any sensitive information we have collected as highly confidential.
Anonymous analytical information such as gender and age brackets may be collected when you browse our website. This is managed through Google Analytics. No information collected in this way will be identifiable as relating to a particular individual. If you wish to opt out, please see the section below titled ‘Our website security’.
As mentioned above, we may also receive information from your creditors. This information may be used to assist with negotiations or ongoing budgeting for the particular payments in question. You can speak to your creditors about their privacy policies, including which information they can and cannot provide to MyBudget.
Please be advised that if you provide inaccurate or incomplete information, we may not be able to provide you with the products or services you are seeking. Further to this, if in its dealings with you, MyBudget becomes aware that you are engaged in illegal activity, we will be obliged to report this to the relevant authorities.
We need to collect some information from you so that we can provide you with an appropriate service, which will primarily involve helping you with your budgeting needs, and dealing with lenders and other creditors on your behalf. We also need to collect certain personal information so that we are sure we can identify you appropriately and act within the requirements of the Privacy Act.
Certain laws, such as the Australian Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006, may require us to collect personal information about you.
The information you provide to us, or which we otherwise collect about you, will be used primarily to set up and manage your account, and deal with lenders and other creditors on your behalf. Much of your information would be provided for a specific purpose, and in that case it would be used primarily for that purpose. For example, any of your payment details or bank account details which you provide so that we can make bill payments on your behalf would be used exclusively to make bill payments, and for no other purpose.
We use information gathered to tailor your budget to your needs, make arrangements with creditors, and provide you with the service you require.
From time to time we may also use the information gathered from you to perform statistical and demographic analyses of our client base so that we can improve our services and match our business model to our clients’ needs.
Where appropriate your information may be used to advise you of products or services we offer which we believe might suit your needs. This may include utilising your email address to send you emails or target online advertising. If at any stage you wish to stop receiving direct marketing material, you may contact us with this request. We maintain a register for those individuals who do not wish to receive marketing material. Please contact us if you wish to unsubscribe from all marketing communications by email to email@example.com.
MyBudget takes reasonable precautions to ensure that the personal information we collect, use and disclose is accurate, complete and up to date. To ensure that we are able to maintain this level of accuracy and completeness, we ask that you:
MyBudget is committed to keeping your personal information secure and confidential. We use a combination of technologies, systems and processes to control and limit access to your information. Your personal information is stored across multiple locations within the MyBudget database for better security and further control over who has access to your records. We can refer to this information collectively as your “client file”. These files are accessible to authorised personnel only. They are stored on a secure computer database owned and operated by MyBudget, and protected by security systems that monitor, control and protect access. All computer-based information is protected through the use of access passwords, and data is backed up regularly.
All of our staff are trained to respect client privacy, and they are only given access to the information necessary to perform their jobs and provide service to you, to the extent practical for their individual job roles. No one, except our employees and our service providers, has regular access to the MyBudget computer system and records storage, and we have internal physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect the information you provide us and the information we collect about you.
We provide many methods of communication for your privacy, including a secure password-protected online messaging tool, and discreet environments for confidential discussions. We will continue to review our internal security controls to safeguard your member information as we employ new technology in the future.
You have a right to access your personal information, subject to certain exceptions allowed by law. We ask that you provide your request for access in writing (for security reasons) using the contact details set out below, and we will endeavour to provide you with access to that personal information. Access to the requested personal information may include: providing you with copies, providing you with the opportunity for inspection, or providing you with a summary. If you believe that any of the personal information we hold is incorrect, you may request a correction.
We will never charge you for placing a request to access your personal information, and, in most circumstances, we will not charge you for providing such access. However, if you request information which is of a particularly large volume or is otherwise onerous, MyBudget reserves the right to charge a reasonable fee to compensate us for time spent servicing your request.
It is a legislative requirement that we keep all personal information and records for a period of seven (7) years.
Should you cease to be a client of ours, we will maintain your personal information on or off site, in a secure manner, for seven (7) years. After this time, the information will be destroyed.
You are welcome to access your personal information at any stage within this seven (7) year period by making a request in the manner set out above.
Some exceptions exist where we will not provide you with access to your personal information. We will not provide you with a copy of your personal file if:
Should we refuse you access to your personal information, we will provide you with a written explanation for that refusal. All applications for access of personal information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
We may disclose your personal information to organisations outside of MyBudget. The organisations to which we disclose information may include:
In the event that we propose to sell part or all of our business, we may disclose your personal information to potential purchasers for the purpose of them conducting due diligence investigations. Disclosure will be made in confidence and it will be a condition of that disclosure that no personal information will be used or disclosed by them outside of the due diligence process.
We may need to transfer some of your information overseas if we are making an arrangement with an overseas creditor on your behalf. The information we may transfer includes your identifying details, such as name, date of birth and address; details of other payments you are required to make; and information about changes in your personal and financial situation, only to the extent necessary to make the payment arrangement.
From time to time, MyBudget uses overseas third party service providers to assist with activities such as data collection, processing, analysis and storage, marketing optimisation, contract provision and sending surveys or emails to many clients at once. At this time, our main third party providers include Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Microsoft Sharepoint, Emapta Versatile Services Inc, Google, DocuSign, SurveyMonkey, Marketo, MailChimp and ClickDimensions. Please be advised that these companies may have different privacy policies to MyBudget. However, we will only use third party providers which are trusted and are vigilant with your information.
Accordingly, MyBudget is likely to disclose personal information to overseas recipients. Although it is not practicable to specify all countries where such overseas recipients are located, particularly where they are your overseas creditors, MyBudget does frequently deal with service providers located in the United States of America, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom. Please note that if MyBudget discloses your personal information to an overseas recipient, that organisation may be subject to different privacy laws, and may not be bound by the Australian Privacy Principles. You can contact these creditors directly to discuss their privacy policies. We will not pass your details to any overseas recipient unless:
Although in certain circumstances we are required to collect government identifiers, such as your tax file number, Medicare number or pension card number, we do not use or disclose this information, other than when required or authorised by law or unless you have voluntarily consented to disclose this information to any third party. This may include disclosing this information to government departments which are acting as your creditors.
On our websites and mobile app, you may apply for services or access your existing budget, and you may communicate with us via web message. You may also access site information without revealing your personal identity. We use multiple levels of security to protect the information you provide us online. The application information we accept online relies on industry standard “Secure Sockets Layer” (SSL) encryption to secure your transaction information and communication. MyBudget’s computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing which information is of most and least interest to members, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.
Our websites utilise cookies to provide you with a better user experience. Cookies are small pieces of information that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser. Cookies enable us to recognise your browser, and capture and remember certain information. Most browsers allow you to disable cookies. Please refer to the help menu on your browser for more information.
We use first-party cookies and third-party cookies to help us compile and monitor aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction. This will allow us to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers may use the information collected on our behalf to help us conduct and improve our business.
Your online security relies on our actions and your actions. We will do everything we can to protect your privacy, but there are also measures that you can take. Here are some tips to help you maximise your online security:
You can contact us by phone, fax, post or online, using the below details:
Phone number: 1300 300 922
Fax number: 08 8272 9811
Postal Address: PO Box 3433, Rundle Mall SA 5000
For general and customer service related enquiries, our phones are open:
7:00am to 6:30pm ACST Monday to Friday
The above times are Central Standard Time. MyBudget is closed on national public holidays.
Existing clients can also send online messages through our secure client site.
If you wish to ask a question, give feedback, or make a complaint about any potential breach of your privacy rights, please contact MyBudget using any of the contact details above. Any complaints will be responded to within seven (7) days. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint, you are entitled to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.