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The Information Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act apply only to Commonwealth and ACT Government Agencies.

The Public Sector in Western Australia, including Local Government, is legally unaffected by the Commonwealth Privacy Legislation.

The Western Australian Public Sector is bound to privacy and confidentiality by Common Law duty of confidentiality and in Acts that govern Agencies.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act confirms upon persons a legally enforceable right of access to information, a right to apply for personal information and places an obligation on a Local Government to make certain information about their operations publicly available.

Under FOI Legislation, access to information may be refused if it is believed that providing access would be a breach of the privacy of another person.

As part of the Services provided to the community, the City of Albany may collect and hold personal information in a number of records and databases. The City will only use personal information and market research for the primary purpose for which it was collected.

The City will take reasonable steps to retain confidentiality of any personal information by maintaining a secure system for storing of information, by the utilisation of appropriate technologies and will protect such information from unauthorised access, improper use, alteration, unlawful or accidental destruction or accidental loss.

Use of information provided

The City of Albany will not sell, rent out or in any other way allow unauthorised users access to the information you provide on this website. In particular, we will not supply your information to businesses for promotional purposes.

Council officers are permitted to access your information only as required for the performance of their duties. Councillors may only access such information as appears on the Rate Roll or Electoral Roll.

Council may provide your information to appropriate authorities and other parties as required by law, regulation or court order. This includes for example public disclosure of the details of winning tenders and discussion of planning applications with other relevant bodies, assessors and contractors.

Council may use your details to send you newsletters and other material, including by email.

Council may from time to time use external contractors in information technology, web design and data management to process your details; these suppliers are subject to privacy requirements matching those observed by your Council.

If you have any queries regarding the privacy of your information, please the Freedom of Information Officer on 6820 3076 during office hours.

Data Breach Response Policy & Procedure

As required by the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017, the Data Breach Response Policy and Procedure outlines definitions, sets out the procedure and clear lines of authority for City of Albany staff in the event that the City of Albany experiences a data breach, or suspects that a data breach has occurred.