The personal information we collect
We collect personal information about you to enable us to assess your suitability and eligibility for buying or selling a property, property management services or for the provision of other services. The types of personally identifiable information we may collect include your name, address, telephone number, email, occupation and financial information. When we request your personal information, we will endeavor to specify which information we require for our purposes and which information may be provided at your option. You may choose not to supply any optional information requested by us but our ability to assist you may be restricted. If you give us personal information about another person, you represent that you are authorised to do so and agree that you have obtained consent from that person for us to use and disclose their personal information and that they may access any personal information we hold about them.
How we use your personal information
We use your personal information to assist us in conducting our business;
At any time you may opt out of receiving any communications from us (other than as required for the operation of our business). If you wish to opt out of receiving communications from us please either contact your Agent or our Privacy Officer whose contact details are set out later in this policy.
Your access rights to the personal information we hold
At any time, you may ask us to provide you with a list of the personal information we hold about you, and copies of that personal information. We will endeavour to provide you with the data within 30 days of receiving your request. We may charge you a small fee to cover any administrative costs that we may incur in providing personal information to you. If you believe for any reason that we are holding inaccurate or incomplete data about you, you may ask us to correct it. We will consider if the information requires amendment. If we do not agree that there are grounds for amendment, then we will add a note to the personal information stating that you disagree with it. Financial information becomes out of date very quickly and so we will update that information if it is required in any future dealings we may have with you. We will take reasonable steps to destroy or remove identifying information of your personal information, when your personal information is no longer required for our business functions.
Disclosure of your personal information
We may disclose your personal information to our related bodies, our agents, service providers, property data service providers and others that we use in the ordinary operation of our business. We will only use and disclose your personal information for the purposes that we collected the personal information, such as:
If your personal information is disclosed to third parties, these third parties are strictly prohibited from using your personal information for any other purpose. We will only disclose to these third parties that information necessary for them to perform their services. Otherwise, we do not disclose personal information unless we are required to do so by law or regulation.
How we store your personal information
We take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or exposure. We require all our Employee, Contractors and Agents (Representatives) to maintain the confidentiality of customer information. Access to information stored electronically is restricted to our representatives whose job requires access to the information. Access to our computer systems is restricted through password protection. If we no longer need your personal information, we destroy or remove the identity information.
Open for inspection collection notice
Privacy Act 1988, Spam Act 2003, Do Not Call Register Act 2006 and the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009. We store and use your personal information collected from you at the opens for inspections for security purposes on behalf of our clients. We will also use your personal information to contact you by means of any officer, contractor, employee or agent in relation to this property as well as other properties, products and services which we believe may be of interest to you and for customer feedback on our services. In providing your personal information you consent to us collecting, storing and using your personal information in the manner set out above and you consent to us disclosing your personal information to our related bodies corporate and each of their officers, contractors, employees and agents who may collect, store and use of your personal information in the manner set out above. You acknowledge and agree that this consent is effective consent for the purposes of the Do Not Call Register Act 2006, Spam Act 2003,Privacy Act 1988 and National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 and is deemed to be for an indefinite period (unless you advise us differently). If the information is not provided by you we may not be able to provide an effective service to you.
If you require more information you can contact your Peter K Real Estate agent with which you have dealings, or us on the details provided below.
How an individual may complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles
You can contact Homes Group’s Head Office in writing addressed to our:
Compliments, Privacy, Complaints and Compliance Officer
Homes Group Estate Agents
1A Princess Street, St Albans, Victoria, 3021
Fax: 03 9366 5192
If Homes Group are unable to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction, you are welcome to refer your complaint to the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection.
Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection
Level 6, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Phone: 03 8684 1660
How this policy may change over time
This statement represents our policy as at 1 February 2016. We may change this policy from time to time at our discretion, especially in line with changes in applicable regulations and legislation.