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Privacy Policy - Chemistry Australia Ltd

Chemistry Australia Ltd ACN 063 335 615 (which, for the purpose of this Privacy Policy includes any of its Related Bodies Corporate, as that term is defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) (Chemistry Australia, we, us, our) is not legally bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), however as a matter of best practice, the APPs set the standard for how we aim to deal with your personal information.

As the peak industry body for the Australian chemistry industry, we respect your privacy and we have developed this Privacy Policy to inform you of how we manage the personal information that we collect about you.

By providing personal information to us, you are taken to have read, and consent to the collection, use, disclosure and handling of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

1. What personal information we collect about you and how we collect it

Personal information has the meaning given to that term in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and includes information or an opinion (whether true or not) about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable.

We aim to collect personal information only if it is reasonably necessary to providing the service, product or information you have requested from us.
In the course of providing you with products and services, Chemistry Australia collects personal information in a variety of ways. If your employer is a member of Chemistry Australia, the majority of your personal information that is collected by us is collected through your employer (including from your colleagues) in connection with the provision of services to our corporate members.

At the time of collection, or as soon as practicable after we have collected it, we will take such steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to notify you of the collection and of any matters relevant to the collection, unless it is obvious from the circumstances that you would know or would expect us to have the information.

In general, we collect personal information about the following people:

  • individuals who are Honorary Members of Chemistry Australia;
  • employees of member companies;
  • individuals who register for and/or attend our events; and
  • individuals who are external stakeholders, for example, staff from government departments, political advisors, event sponsors, consultants and staff from other industry associations.

Chemistry Australia may collect personal information about you when:

  • your employer joins Chemistry Australia as a new member or its or your contact details are updated;
  • when a third party referral takes place and a third party refers you or your employer to us for membership purposes;
  • you engage with our business and its employees, including in the course of receiving services from us;
  • you visit our website, (Website);
  • you make an enquiry about our products and/or services (including through our Website);

  • you make an enquiry about our products and/or services (including through our Website);
  • you register for an event, including through our online event registration system;
  • you become a client or debtor of Chemistry Australia;
  • you ask to be placed on one of our mailing lists;
  • you acquire goods or services through our Website or otherwise; and
  • you supply goods or services to us.

In some cases, we will reach out to individuals with whom we have not had prior dealings (for example, government contacts, organisations in our industry or individuals from member companies who are not on our database) to communicate with them, including to invite them to our events. In this case, we may receive your personal information from your organisation. When we make contact with you, we will inform you how we have obtained your personal information and why we have contacted you.

In general, you can assume that we may collect the following personal information about you:

  • name;
  • the name of your employer or your company if you are self-employed;
  • occupation/position title;
  • workplace address;
  • email address;
  • telephone numbers;
  • the date you entered the Chemistry Australia database;
  • credit card details;
  • details about you to assist in managing our relationship with you, including details about interactions between you and Chemistry Australia employees; and
  • details of the products or services we have provided to you or that you have enquired about, including any additional information necessary to deliver those products and services and respond to your enquiries.

For each visitor to our Website, we may also collect other non-personally identifiable information, including your IP address, the date and time of your visit to our site, the pages viewed and information downloaded.

If you do not provide the necessary personal information, we may not be able to provide you or your employer with the goods, services or information that you or your employer have requested from us.

2. How we use Cookies

We may use session cookies on some areas of our Website. Session cookies end when you leave the website or close your browser window. They only contain information that is stored in a temporary memory location which is detected when your session ends. Session cookies are not stored on your device. A cookie is a small file saved on your computer’s hard drive. When you return to our Website, the data saved in the cookie is sent back to the website. We use cookies to gauge visitor traffic, trends and to help us serve you more efficiently. The cookies we use in no way give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the information you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of our Website.

3. Purpose of collection

We collect personal information primarily to:

  • record and manage your employer’s membership of Chemistry Australia and the products and services available to you as part of that membership;
  • deliver Chemistry Australia’s products and services to you; and
  • manage our relationship with you.

If it is reasonable to expect that we would use or disclose your personal information for purposes which are related to the above primary purposes, we may also use or disclose your personal information to:

  • assist you with enquiries or complaints;
  • develop and improve our membership service and relationships;
  • promote, advertise and market any of our products and services, including to invite you to seminars or events hosted or supported by Chemistry Australia;
  • comply with our legal obligations (including to comply with any law or any lawful request of a law enforcement agency or government authority), resolve any disputes that we may have with any of our clients and enforce our agreements with third parties such as your employer; and
  • inform you of developments at Chemistry Australia and other services that we can provide.

We may use information collected through our Website for the purpose of analysis, gauging visitor traffic, trends and delivering personalised content to you while you are at our Website.

Where possible, we will provide you with a choice to opt-out of any of the above and any of our marketing communications. We will respect your request to decline to receive these marketing communications. If you wish to update your communications preferences, you can contact Chemistry Australia. Our contact details are set out in Item 11 of this Privacy Policy.

4. Sharing of your personal information 

As well as disclosure to your employer, who may be a member of Chemistry Australia, we may also disclose your personal information to:

  • external providers of services that we may use to operate our business and manage our business systems (for example, this may include events planning and management companies, e-communications service providers, file storage service providers, database and mailing service providers, marketing service providers; couriers and/or freight service providers, printers, call centres, providers of payment processing and identity verification services and IT technicians who may need access when providing on-site support (although it is our practice for them to work under supervision));
  • our professional advisors and agents; or
  • our existing or potential agents, business partners or partners.

We may disclose your personal information to these third parties so that they can assist us with providing the best possible service to you or your employer.

If you are an Honorary Member of Chemistry Australia, we will disclose your name and the fact that you are an Honorary Member of Chemistry Australia on our Website. We may also disclose this information in materials (such as flyers and emails) distributed to other third parties, including other members.

Those organisations to whom such disclosure is made will be permitted to access only the personal information they need to deliver the service to Chemistry Australia or to you. Chemistry Australia takes reasonable steps to ensure that these organisations are bound by confidentiality and privacy obligations in relation to the protection of your personal information.

We are not likely to disclose information to overseas recipients unless it is with your consent, or the disclosure is required or authorised by law.

The privacy and collection practices of entities to which we disclose personal information are governed by their own privacy policies and collection notices.

We will not otherwise disclose information about you unless the disclosure:

  • is required or authorised by law; or
  • you have consented to our disclosing the information about you.

 5. Quality of your personal information

We aim to ensure that your personal information is accurate, complete and up to date. To assist us in this, you need to provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as requested and properly update the information to us to keep it true, accurate, current and complete.

If you believe that the information we hold is inaccurate or incomplete, please contact us and we will use all reasonable efforts to correct the information.

If we do not believe the information to be incorrect, we will take reasonable steps to add a statement to the information claiming that you believe the information is inaccurate, incomplete, out of date.

 6. Securing your personal information

We may hold your personal information in electronic or hard copy form. Chemistry Australia takes reasonable precautions to protect your personal information from misuse, interference and loss, as well as from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. This includes appropriate measures to protect electronic materials and materials generated and stored in hardcopy.

All electronic personal information is stored on a main server in Australia with access to this server restricted to key Chemistry Australia staff and third party suppliers only.

We take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify personal information if it is no longer needed.

7. Changes to this Privacy Policy

Chemistry Australia reserves the right to make amendments to this Privacy Policy at any time for any reason. We will publish any updated Privacy Policy on our Website.

8. Accessing and correcting your personal information 

You have a right to request access to, or the correction of, your personal information that we hold about you, subject to exceptions allowed by law. You may be required to put your request in writing for security reasons.

We will give you access to, or correct, your personal information unless there is a lawful reason for refusing your request for access or correction. If we refuse your request we will give you a written notice explaining our reasons for that refusal and how you may complain about that refusal.

9. Change in control of Chemistry Australia

If we sell or otherwise transfer part or the whole of Chemistry Australia or our business to another organisation (including in the course of a transaction like a sale, merger or acquisition or as part of a dissolution, liquidation, administration, receivership or other form of insolvency), you agree that your personal information that is collected by Chemistry Australia may be disclosed to a third party, prospective buyer, transferee or insolvency practitioner and that this is reasonable to enable that party to continue or manage the business.

10. Complaints

If you have a complaint about our collection, use or disclosure of your personal information, or you wish to make a complaint about a breach of the APPs, please contact our Privacy Officer at the details set out below.

In your complaint, please set out the details of your complaint and your contact details. Our Privacy Officer will contact you to acknowledge your request and ask for any other applicable information. Our Privacy Officer will then investigate the issue and advise you in writing of the outcome.

You can also make a complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. Further information is available at

11. Contacting us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our privacy practices, would like to make a complaint or request access to or correction of your personal information, please contact us by any of the following means.

Our contact details in respect of any issues in relation to privacy are:

Telephone  +613 9611 5400

Attn: Privacy Officer
Chemistry Australia
PO Box 422
Flinders Lane 

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By working together, we can have a stronger voice to prosecute the key challenges facing our industry and advance chemistry as a critical enabler of a safer, more sustainable future for Australia and the broader community.

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Please contact Chemistry Australia on 03 9611 5400 or email .
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