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CWU Communications Divisions Privacy Policy

Amendments to the 'Commonwealth Privacy Act - 1998', which came into effect on 21st December, 2001, extend privacy obligations to most organisations within the private sector, including unions.  The new legislation sets out a number of principles concerning the way private organisations collect, use, disclose and store information about individuals.

The CWU has always handled your personal information with care and diligence.  However to comply with the Act we would like to advise you of the following information.

CWU Privacy Policy

The CWU is an organisation of employees registered under the 'Workplace Relations Act - 1996'.  The Union is covered by the provisions of the 'Commonwealth Privacy Act - 1998'.
The principal activities of the Union are:

  • Representing members in workplace and industry-wide negotiations with employers and employer organisations;

  • Representing members before an Australian Industrial Relations Commission, state industrial tribunals and other courts and tribunals on matters relevant to workplace issues;
  • Lobbying Federal and State Governments and other relevant bodies about matters of concern to members and their families in relation to employment;
  • Publicising to members and to the community, issues of concern to members and proposals to address these concerns;
  • Conducting research and other activities in order to enable the union to effectively carry out these functions;
  • Conducting research and other activities in order to enable the union to effectively carry out these functions;
  • Providing information to members about their employment and related rights and obligations; and
  • Providing members and their families with access to a range of services on favourable terms.

Personal Information

The Union collects personal information from members, including name, address, employer, occupation, date of birth, country of birth, main language spoken, and contact details.  The Union collects this information in order to:

  • Contact members about matters relating to their Union membership;

  • Meet statutory requirements under the 'Workplace Relations Act - 1996' and other relevant legislation; and
  • Ensure that services and programmes are relevant to the needs of the members, including carrying out surveys and other research.

More detailed information is generally collected where the Union is assisting members with individual cases (eg compensation, health and safety, etc)

Privacy Policy Statement

The Union's privacy policy includes:

  • A commitment to secure storage and control of all access to its members' personal information by the Union and any other organisations with which it deals;
  • A commitment not to pass information to third parties without the member's consent.  Other than in particular cases of contracted out services, such as use of mail houses, or where required by law;
  • A member can contact the Union to view information held about him or her and may correct any inaccuracies; and
  • Members who do not wish to receive this information from the Union by mail, email or other means, may contact the Union to arrange this.
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