Publication Date: 9 September 2019
Balfour Development Group ABN 35 408 313 962 (Balfour Group/we/us/our) is a property development company based in Melbourne, Australia. We are committed to protecting your privacy, in accordance with applicable Australian privacy laws.
This Policy is designed to give you a greater understanding of how we collect, use, disclose and otherwise handle personal information.
1.2 What is personal information?
Personal information means information or an opinion, whether true or not and whether recorded in a material form or not, about an individual who is identified or reasonably identifiable.
1.3 Our obligations
We are required to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). The APPs regulate the manner in which personal information is handled throughout its life cycle, from collection to use and disclosure, security, accessibility and disposal.
The type of personal information that we collect about you depends on the type of dealings you have with us. For example, if you:
are a purchaser or prospective purchaser of a property – we may collect your name, age, address, contact details, details of the property that you are interested in or have agreed to purchase (such as the location and size of the property and the design and specifications of the apartment), what prompted you to inspect the project, how you heard about us, details of price points and apartment types you are interested in (eg one bedroom or two bedroom) and whether you are an owner-occupier or investor. If you are purchasing from us, we will also confirm whether you are an Australian resident and record the terms of your contract (including price), payment details, information relating to your financing arrangements (such as your bank details and how much money you are borrowing) and contact details for your authorised representatives (such as your lawyer)
are a supplier to us – we may collect your name and contact details, details about the goods or services you supply and payment details
send us an enquiry, complete an enquiry form or provide us with feedback, we may collect your name, contact details, details of your enquiry or feedback and information about our response
fill in a contact form at one of our display suites – we may collect your name, age, address, contact details, details of the properties you are interested in (including price ranges), what prompted you to inspect the project, whether you are an owner occupier or investor and how your heard about us or the relevant property development
ask us to send you information about our products and services – we may collect your name, address, contact details, details of the properties you are interested in and how you heard about us or the relevant property development
2.2 Sensitive information
Sensitive information is a subset of personal information that is generally afforded a higher level of privacy protection, such as health information. We only collect sensitive information where it is reasonably necessary for our functions or activities and either:
the individual has consented; or
we are required or authorised by or under law to do so.
For example, if you purchase a property from us, we will collect information about your residency status, which may indicate your racial or ethnic origin.
2.3 Collection of information other than personal information through our website
When you visit our website, some of the information that is collected about your visit is not personal information, as it does not reveal your identity.
Site visit information
For example, we may record your server address, the date and time of your visit, the pages you visited, any documents you downloaded, the previous site you visited and the type of device, browser and operating system you used.
We use and disclose this information in anonymous, aggregated form only, for purposes including statistical analysis and to assist us to improve the functionality and usability of our website. You are not individually identified, however we reserve the right to use or disclose this information to try to locate an individual where we reasonably believe that the individual may have engaged in any unlawful or inappropriate activity in connection with our website, or where we are otherwise required or authorised by law to do so.
A cookie is a small string of information that a website transfers to your browser for identification purposes. The cookies we use do not identify individual users, although they do identify the user’s internet browser.
Most internet browsers are set to accept cookies. If you prefer not to receive them, you can adjust your internet browser to reject cookies, or to notify you when they are being used.
2.4 What if you don’t provide us with your personal information?
We will provide individuals with the option of not identifying themselves, or of using a pseudonym, when dealing with us if it is lawful and practicable to do so. A pseudonym is a name or other descriptor that is different to an individual’s actual name.
For example, you can access our website and make general phone queries without having to identify yourself.
In some cases however, if you don’t provide us with your personal information when requested, we may not be able to provide you with the product or service that you are seeking. For example, you must identify yourself to check on the status of a payment made to or by us.
3.1 Methods of collection
We may collect personal information in a number of ways, including:
in person (for example, visits to our head office or properties we are developing, at events or at conferences)
through our website
over the telephone
through written correspondence (such as letters and emails)
on hard copy forms (for example, enquiry forms)
through surveillance cameras at either our corporate premises or on some of our display suites or development sites
from third parties, including:
– the Land Titles Office
– real estate agents
– mortgage brokers and/or financial service providers
Where we collect personal information about you, we will take reasonable steps to provide you with certain details about that collection (such as the purpose for which we are collecting the information and the type of third parties to which it is usually disclosed).
The main purposes for which we collect, hold, use and disclose personal information are set out below:
outlining our development products and services to prospective and existing purchasers
completing sales transactions and assisting purchasers with the management of their apartment upon completion of a development
promoting ourselves and our products and services
obtaining products and services for our business
obtaining finance for our developments
performing research and statistical analysis, including for customer satisfaction and service improvement purposes
protecting the security of our offices, staff, customers and the property held on our premises
answering queries and resolving complaints
We may also collect, hold, use and disclose personal information for other purposes explained at the time of collection or:
which are required or authorised by law; or
for which you have provided your consent.
4.2 Direct marketing
We may use or disclose your personal information to let you know about us and our products and services (including promotions, special offers and events), either where we have your express or implied consent, or where we are otherwise permitted by law to do so. We may contact you for these purposes in a variety of ways, including by mail, email, SMS and telephone
Where you have consented to receiving marketing communications from us, your consent will remain current until you advise us otherwise. However, you can opt out at any time, by:
contacting us (details under heading 10 below)
advising us if you receive a marketing call that you no longer wish to receive these calls
Notification of source
If we have collected the personal information that we use to send you marketing communications from a third party (for example a direct mail database provider), you can ask us to notify you of our source of information, and we will do so, unless this would be unreasonable or impracticable.
We may share personal information with third parties where appropriate for the purposes set out under heading 4, including:
suppliers of fixtures and fittings
the Land Titles Office
real estate agents
financiers and prospective financiers
financial institutions for payment processing
an individual’s agent or authorised representative
mortgage broker, financial planner and banks if they make enquiries of us
owners corporation managers and managing / letting agents
our contracted service providers, including:
– suppliers of building materials and fittings;
– marketing and communications agencies
– research and statistical analysis providers
– external business advisers
In each case, we may disclose personal information to the service provider and the service provider may in turn provide us with personal information collected from you in the course of providing the relevant products or services.
6. Use of government related identifiers
We will not:
use a government related identifier of an individual (such as a Medicare number or driver’s licence number) as our own identifier of individuals; or
otherwise use or disclose such a government related identifier,
unless this is permitted by the Privacy Act (for example, use of an identifier to verify an individual’s identity or uses or disclosures required or authorised by or under an Australian law).
7. Data quality and security
We may hold personal information in a number of ways, including in electronic databases, email contact lists, and in paper documents held in drawers and cabinets. Paper files may also be archived in boxes and stored offsite. We take reasonable steps to:
make sure that the personal information that we collect, use and disclose is accurate, up to date and complete and (in the case of use and disclosure) relevant;
protect the personal information that we hold from misuse, interference and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure; and
You can help us keep your information up to date, by letting us know about any changes to your details, such as your address, email address or phone number.
The steps we take to secure the personal information we hold include website protection measures, security restrictions on access to our computer systems (such as login and password protection), and controlled access to our corporate premises.
While we endeavour to protect the personal information and privacy of users of our website, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you disclose online and you disclose that information at your own risk. If you are concerned about sending your information over the internet, you can contact us by telephone (details under heading 10 below)
8. Access and Correction
Please contact us (details under heading 10 below) if you would like to access or correct the personal information that we hold about you. We may require you to verify your identity before processing any access or correction requests, to make sure that the personal information we hold is properly protected.
We will generally provide you with access to your personal information, subject to some exceptions permitted by law. We will also generally provide access in the manner that you have requested (eg by providing photocopies or allowing a file to be viewed), provided it is reasonable and practicable for us to do so.
If you ask us to correct personal information that we hold about you, we will take reasonable steps to correct that information.
8.4 Timeframe for access and correction requests
Except in the case of more complicated requests, we will endeavour to respond to access and correction requests within 30 days.
8.5 What if we do not agree to your request for access or correction?
If we do not agree to your access or correction request, or if we do not agree to give you access in the manner you requested, you may ask us to provide you with a written notice setting out:
the reasons for our decision (except to the extent that, having regard to the grounds for refusal, it would be unreasonable to do so)
If you have a complaint about how we have collected or handled your personal information, please contact us (details under heading 10 below).
We will endeavour in the first instance to deal with your complaint and take any steps necessary to resolve the matter within a week. If we are not able to do so, we will ask you to submit your complaint in writing.
In most cases, we expect to investigate written complaints and provide a response within 30 days of receipt. If the matter is more complex and our investigation may take longer.
If you are not satisfied with our response, you can refer your complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (see here for further information).
10. Our contact details
Please contact us if you have any queries about the personal information that we hold about you or the way we handle that personal information. Our contact details are set out below.
Mail: 12 Milton Parade, Malvern, Victoria, 3144
Telephone: 0411 071 755
Further general information about privacy is available on the website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at www.oaic.gov.au or by calling the OAIC’s enquiry line at 1300 363 992.
11. Changes to this Policy