Personal Information collected by government agencies must be collected and managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act). In particular, government agencies must comply with the requirements of the eleven Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) contained in the IP Act. The IPPs were originally contained within Queensland Government Information Standard 42 - Information Privacy (IS42). IS42 has now been superseded by the IP Act.
Under the IPPs the Department of Community Safety (DCS) is responsible for ensuring its personal information holdings are appropriately collected and managed by observing the requirements of the IPPs regarding the collection, use, storage and disclosure of personal information.
The IP Act also provides for access and amendment rights for personal information held by the Government.
Details about the personal information held by the department are outlined in the DCS Privacy Plan. The plan details the steps this department will take to address its obligations under the
Details about the personal information held by DCS are outlined in the Department’s of Community Safety Information Privacy Plan . You can view a copy of this plan online. The plan details the steps this department will take to address its obligations under the Information Privacy Act 2009.
If you choose not to provide personal information, we may not be able to provide you with the services you require, or as high a level of service.
DCS collects personal information in a number of ways, including:
Your personal information may be used in order to:
For the purposes set out above, we may disclose your personal information to other organisations. The organisations to which we may disclose information may include:
Personal information provided to DCS when you send us an e-mail message or other electronic format will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it. Your details will not be added to a general mailing list. Unless required by law, DCS will not disclose this information without your consent.
Cookies are pieces of information that a website can transfer to an individual's computer hard drive. Most Internet browsers are pre-set to accept cookies. However, you can usually change the settings on your browser to not accept cookies.
Cookies are used in three limited ways by some services on DCS websites:
The information remains on your computer after the Internet session until the expiry time. Cookies used on DCS sites do not contain any personal information. We make no attempt to identify individual users in any way.
Note: External sites that are linked to our websites are not under DCS control and you are advised to review their privacy and security provisions and statements.
Separate security arrangements will typically apply, depending on the sensitivity of the information. For further information refer to the DCS Information Privacy Plan.
Help us to ensure we hold accurate information
DCS takes all reasonable precautions to ensure that the personal information we collect, use and disclose is accurate, complete and up-to-date. However, the accuracy of that information we hold depends to a large extent on the information you provide.
That's why we recommend that you:
You have a right to access your personal information, subject to some exceptions allowed by law. If you would like to do so, please let us know. You will be required to put your request in writing for security reasons.
The Department of Community Safety is committed to effective, customer-focussed privacy complaints management by ensuring that privacy complaints are managed in an accountable, transparent, timely and meaningful way and in accordance with the Information Privacy Principles under the Information Privacy Act 2009.
If you have any questions in relation to the way DCS handles your personal information, please contact us on (07) 323 93695 between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Please note that this number is not for general service enquiries.
Alternatively, you can write to:
For more detailed information about privacy in DCS please refer to:
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