Seller Solutions Pty Ltd and Synergy Pty Ltd and its related companies (collectively referred to as “Synergy”, “us” or “we”) respect the privacy and security of your Personal Information, as defined below, and comply with the requirements of the Australian Privacy Principles (“APP”) under the Privacy Act 1988 (“the Act”).
What Personal Information do we collect and hold?
Under the Act Personal Information is defined as information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual that is reasonably identifiable, in whatever form and regardless of whether it is true or not (‘Personal Information’). The Act also defines a subset of Personal Information as sensitive information (for example health records, racial or ethnic origin, religious beliefs, criminal records).
The types of Personal Information we collect and hold will depend on the circumstances of collection and on the type of service we are providing. For example, when we are engaged to sell a property, we may collect and hold Personal Information from both the seller and potential buyers such as name, address, email address, telephone numbers, employment details and details about their business.
How we collect Personal Information
We may collect Personal Information about you directly when you deal with us over the telephone, send us correspondence (whether by letter, fax or email), have contact with us in person, visit our websites or complete hard copy or online forms.
There are also circumstances where we may collect Personal Information about you from someone else. For example, from:
• market research companies contracted by us to obtain information so that we may improve and market our services;
• your employer;
• other agents and valuers who may be involved in the services we provide;
• property developers who contract us to market properties;
• publicly available information and databases;
• any of the companies within the Synergy & Seller Solutions group (both local and overseas); and
• anyone you have authorised to deal with us on your behalf.
We also automatically collect certain information when you visit our websites or our subscribers receive promotional emails from us via cookies and other tracking technology (such as web beacons), some of which may be capable of personally identifying you. Such information includes the type of browser and operating system you are using, your IP address and how you use our websites.
Why we collect, hold and use Personal Information
We generally collect, hold and use your Personal Information for the purposes for which it is provided to us (which will usually be obvious at the time of collection), related purposes or as permitted or required by law.
Such purposes may include:
• acting as agent for vendors or purchasers in relation to the sale of a property;
• acting as agent for owners or tenants in relation to the leasing and or valuation of a property;
• project management services;
• structured advisory services;
• town planning services;
• capital allowances services and other consulting services in relation to the property market;
• administration of our business, such as collection of overdue commissions or outstanding fees;
• responding to client enquiries and communicating with you from time to time to maintain contact and keep you updated on the services you have requested;
• forecasting future needs of our services and general quality assurance and training purposes;
• engaging in legal proceedings and/or enforcing judgments and/or orders;
• complying with the applicable legal or regulatory requirements and/or orders of competent authorities;
• providing you with promotional and marketing information, including market research reports, newsletters, event invitations and/or property market information relating to our products and services which we think may be of interest to you; and
• any other purpose identified at the time of collecting your Personal Information.
Disclosure of Personal Information
We may disclose your Personal Information to third parties as may be necessary for any of the purposes stated in the above section. Such third parties generally include:
• our third party providers, contractors, consultants, agents and/or representatives (such as law firms, banks, financial institutions, insurers, IT providers, mortgage referral services providers and/or wealth management services providers) who provide services to us or on our behalf, including to:
o conduct valuations;
o assist with obtaining payment from creditors;
o operate data centres;
o conduct market research;
o provide advice;
• potential buyers, tenants, conjunctional real estate agents and brokers for the purpose for which the information was collected or for related purposes (for example to complete a transaction on your behalf or provide you with a service that you requested);
• anyone you have authorised to deal with us on your behalf;
• any of the companies within the Synergy/Seller Solutions group and their related companies;
• government authorities, regulatory bodies, law enforcement agencies, courts, tribunals and/or parties to the legal proceedings where you have consented to this or we are required or authorised to do so by law;
• debt collection agencies; and/or
• any other third parties identified at the time of collection of your Personal Information.
Disclosure of Personal Information overseas
Some of the third parties listed above to whom we may disclose your Personal Information are located overseas. For example:
• our overseas clients that are located in the same countries as the companies within the Synergy group.
However you acknowledge that, by agreeing to the disclosure of your Personal Information to these entities outside of Australia, we will no longer be required to take reasonable steps to ensure the overseas recipient’s compliance with the Australian privacy law in relation to your Personal Information and we will not be liable to you for any breach of the Australian privacy law by these overseas recipients. On this basis, you consent to such disclosure.
Access, update and correction of Personal Information
We take reasonable steps to ensure that the Personal Information we hold about you is accurate, complete and up-to-date. However, we also rely on you to advise us of any changes to your Personal Information. If you are able to access your Personal Information by logging on to an account you have with us, it is your responsibility to ensure your information is accurate, complete, relevant and up-to-date.
On request we will provide you with access to the Personal Information we hold about you, including for the purpose of correcting or updating that information, unless otherwise required or permitted by law. There is no charge for making the request or giving the access to your Personal Information. We will deal with your request within a reasonable period after the request is made. If we refuse to provide you with access we will provide you with a written notice that, at a minimum, outlines reasons for the refusal and the complaints mechanisms available to you.
If you wish to access the Personal Information we hold about you or to update or correct it, you can either do so by logging on to your account (if you have one) or contact us using the contact details provided below. We will require you to verify your identity and specify what information you require.
Security of Personal Information
We take reasonable steps to protect any Personal Information that we hold from misuse, interference and loss and from unauthorised access, alteration and disclosure. For example, we implement IT security procedures including password protection, firewalls and site monitoring and we store your Personal Information on a secure server.
However, data protection measures are never completely secure and, despite the measures we have put in place, we cannot guarantee the security of your Personal Information. You must take care to protect your Personal Information (for example, by protecting any usernames and passwords). You should notify us as soon as possible if you become aware of any security breaches.
When you register on any of our websites, you will be provide contact details to receive email or telephone correspondence from Synergy, including newsletters, announcements, telephone calls and email communications about our latest news, products, developments or services.
If you do not wish to receive direct marketing calls or materials, you may use the unsubscribe facility in the marketing communication or contact our Chief Privacy Officer using the channels prescribed below. We will stop using your Personal Information for direct marketing if you so request.
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What if you have a complaint?
Our Chief Privacy Officer will investigate the issue and determine the steps that we will undertake to resolve your complaint. We will contact you if we require any additional information from you and will notify you in writing of the outcome of the investigation. If you are not satisfied with our determination, you can contact us to discuss your concerns or contact the Australian Privacy Commissioner website via www.oaic.gov.au(external link).
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Our contact details
PO Box 12299 Abeckett St VIC 8006
For more information about the Privacy Act in Australia and protecting your privacy, visit the www.privacy.gov.au (external link).