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The following policies have been developed by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and its agencies.

The process of development begins with a draft policy being generated by the relevant group (ACBC WHS Network, ACBC HR Network, ACBC IT Group). The draft policy is then circulated to Health and Safety Representatives, Management Representatives, Employees and Heads of Agencies for comment. Feedback is considered by the relevant group, and where required, the draft policy is amended. The amended policy is circulated to employees and Heads of Agencies for comment. The final draft is checked by ACBC's legal advisors to ensure that all our legislative requirements have been met. The policy is then submitted to the Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Administration and Information for approval.

These policies are introduced to workers during the induction process and changes are communicated to workers through staff meetings and via email.

Other organisations may feel free to use the wording of our policies, however, please be aware that in certain cases there is a legislative requirement to consult with your workers in developing and implementing these policies.


Folder Privacy

Approach to privacy compliance

The Australian Privacy Act 1988 applies to organisations with an annual turnover of $3 million or more, including businesses and not-for-profit organisations in relation to most of the personal information they collect and hold. Other organisations are exempt from compliance. Whether or not a particular church body, such as a Parish, has this kind of turnover, all church bodies are asked by the Bishops to comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act regardless of turnover when collecting and handling personal information. The interdependent nature of church organisations requires the adoption of common understandings about protecting private information. It is important that all in the Church develop and maintain a culture which respects and values personal information. This can be achieved by compliance with the Privacy Act.

The following documents give an overview of the Australian Privacy Principles and guidance on how to comply with the Privacy Act.