The Catholic Education Office (CEO) and System Schools are bound by the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) as amended by the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012.
The CEO and System schools as well as Early Learning Centres and before
and after school care facilities is committed to respecting the privacy
rights of families, (parent/students) employees, and all individuals in
the workplace, and those interacting with the CEO and System Schools.
Furthermore, the policy has been established to ensure that all Catholic
Education Office workers comply at all times with its obligations under
the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) as amended by the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012.
how an individual may complain about an alleged breach of privacy and
how Schools or the CEO will deal with such a complaint. Complaints
should be sent to:
Catholic Education Office
Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn
PO Box 3317
Manuka ACT 2603
Phone: (02)6234 5455
You may also submit your complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
We will use personal information for the primary purpose for which it
was collected and for such other secondary purposes that are related to
the primary purpose and reasonably expected.
We may use the personal information of Students and Parents:
We may use the personal information of Staff and contractors:
We will also use the information for any purpose to which you have consented or that is required or authorised by law.
We may share personal information between our schools, Early Learning
Centres and before and after school care facilities and the Catholic
Education Office and to:
Information about Parents’ occupations and education is accessed by
the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to
meet the government’s National Goals for Schooling in the 21st century.
These state that the achievement of students in schools should not be
affected by discrimination based on sex, language, culture and
ethnicity, religion or disability; or by differences arising from social
and economic background or geographic location. The goals also state
that ‘the learning outcomes of educationally disadvantaged students
[should] improve and, over time, match those of other students’.
To help schools to achieve these goals, all Parents across Australia,
no matter which school their child attends, are asked to provide
information about family background. The main purpose of collecting this
information is to promote an education system that is fair for all
Australian students regardless of their circumstances.
We use the information to evaluate whether our policies are effective
and to ensure that no group is experiencing undue disadvantage.
Providing information about Parents’ occupation and education is
voluntary, but Parents’ information will help us to ensure that all
students are being well served by our schools.
You may access information we hold about you and request that it be
updated or corrected. Such requests should be made in writing to
schools, Early Learning Centres and before and after school care
facilities or the relevant head of service at the Catholic Education
Office. We may require you to verify your identity and specify what
information you require. We may charge you a fee to access your
information to cover expenses of verifying your application and
locating, retrieving and copying relevant records. If the information
sought is extensive, we will advise the likely cost in advance. We will
not charge you for the request or correction of your personal
There may be occasions when access to information is denied. Such
occasions may include where the disclosure of information may have an
unreasonable impact on others, for example if the disclosure breaches a
school’s duty of care or the privacy of others. In certain
circumstances, we may also refuse access to, or correction of, employee
records applying exemptions under the Privacy Act.
We treat consent given by Parents relating to personal information
about Students as consent given by the Student and notices relating to
personal information about Students given to Parents as notices given to
the Student. An exception to this is when independently of Parents we
may, at our discretion:
This would normally be done only when the Student is of sufficient maturity and his/her personal circumstances warrant it.
There may be occasions where a Parent’s access to their child’s
personal information is denied. Such occasions would include where
release of the information would have an unreasonable impact on the
privacy of others, or where the release may result in a breach of a
school’s, Early Learning Centres, before and after school care
facilities or the Catholic Education Office’s duty of care to the
We will only use and disclose sensitive information for the purpose
for which it was provided or for a directly related secondary purpose,
unless you agree otherwise or the disclosure is permitted by law.