- This section explains our policy on information that we
collect when people visit our website.
- This section explains our policy on information that we
collect in the course of our activities as an accredited professional
association of independent barristers.
Bar Inc’s commitment to privacy
1. To the extent that Victorian Bar Inc is bound by the provisions
of any Commonwealth or State privacy legislation and the national
privacy principles, it will observe and comply with those
provisions. Otherwise, it will use its reasonable endeavours
at all times to act in connection with personal information
collected by it in the spirit of the Commonwealth privacy
legislation and national privacy principles.
- Information collected
- Access to information collected
- Use of information collected
- Links to Third Party Websites
- Email management
- Further Information
2. When you look at the website of the Victorian Bar Inc and
Barristers’ Chambers Limited ("BCL"), we make
a record of your visit and log the following information for
statistical and security purposes:
- Your server address
- Your top level domain name (for example
.com, .gov, .au, .uk etc)
- The date and time of your visit to the site
- The pages you accessed and documents downloaded
- The previous site you have visited
- The type of browser you are using
Access to information collected
3. We will not ordinarily attempt to identify users or their
browsing activities unless such activities appear to jeopardise
the operation or integrity of this website. However, in the
unlikely event of an investigation, a law enforcement agency
or other government agency may exercise its legal authority
to inspect our logs.
4. Statistical information which does not identify the individual
visitor may be used to allow us to improve the quality, security
and performance of the website.
5. A cookie is a small text file placed on a user's computer
when a website is accessed. It allows the website to recognise
the cookie when the same computer returns to the website on
6. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you
you when cookies are being sent.
7. We believe that no cookies are employed on this website.
The website statistics for this site are generated from web
logs as outlined above.
8. We cannot guarantee that others (such
we have no access to or control over any such cookies, or
any information collected.
Links to Third Party Websites
9. This website contains links to other sites. We are not
responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.
This privacy statement applies solely to information collected
by this website. When you leave our site, you should read
the privacy statement of any other website you visit and make
your own judgment about the accuracy and reliability of information
10. We will only record your email address if you send us
a message. It will only be used for the purpose for which
you have provided it. We will not use your email address for
any other purpose, and will not disclose it without your consent.
11. This site does not provide facilities for the secure transmission
of information by email. Please note, when you send the Victorian
Bar an email, the content of your email may not be secure
as it is transferred across the Internet. Please contact the
Victorian Bar by telephone, facsimile or post if you have
any concerns about the security of your message.
12. The Victorian Bar Inc has published terms and conditions
regarding the use of its website which are available on its
13. If you are interested in obtaining additional information
about privacy, and in particular about the provisions of the
Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), you can visit the Australian Federal
Privacy Commissioner's website at www.privacy.gov.au.
— personal information
14. The Victorian Bar Inc values the privacy of information
and wishes to keep your personal information confidential unless
otherwise consented to or authorised by you or required by law.
Why the Bar collects personal information
15. The Victorian Bar Inc collects information of the following
kinds about its members:
(a) formal details;
(b) contact details;
(c) areas of practice;
(d) biographical details;
(e) current committee involvement;
(f) past committee involvement;
(g) year of admission, year of signing the Bar roll and
years of membership;
(h) professional indemnity insurance;
(i) accounting records for:
- Bar subscriptions;
- Barristers Benevolent Fund contributions, if any;
- practising certificate fees;
- social and professional functions;
(j) complaints or disciplinary matters.
16. The Bar collects this information as part of the normal
administration of a professional association which acts as
a recognised professional association for the purposes of
the Legal Practice Act 1996. The Bar also collects information
in the case of at least the matters mentioned above in paragraphs
15(a), (b), (c) and (d) for one or other of the following
(a) For distribution of:
(i) the BCL telephone directory (in
hard copy or electronic form) to members of the
Bar and clerks; and
(ii) the list of accredited mediators from time to time
to legal practitioners and members of the public;
(b) For distribution to people outside the Bar, namely:
(i) the publisher of the Law Institute Diary;
(ii) the publisher of the Victorian Bar Diary;
(iii) the building directory display screens for view
by anyone visiting chambers;
(iv) the Law Council of Australia for the purposes of
an Australian legal directory;
(v) to the Australian Bar Association for the purposes
of publicising their conferences; and
(vi) for any other use approved by resolution of the
Victorian Bar Council for the promotion of the Bar and
(c) For display on the Victorian Bar’s website and
on the website of any clerk approved by the Bar Council
of the Victorian Bar.
17. The Victorian Bar Inc holds accounting records for the
purposes of administering the collection of Bar subscriptions,
contributions to the Barristers’ Benevolent Fund, fees
for practising certificates and social and professional functions
in which a member participates. The Bar collects this information
from members of the Bar, holds it in data base records and
does not disclose it except as required by the Legal Practice
Act 1996 or the Constitution and Rules and Regulations of
the Bar or for the primary purpose for which the information
18. Details of the information referred to in the preceding
paragraph in relation to a member may be inspected by that
member by appointment on reasonable written notice to the
Executive Director of the Bar, subject to any obligation of
confidence or other legal cause for declining inspection.
19. The Bar holds information relating to complaints against
members and disciplinary matters and does not disclose this
information except for the purpose of discharging its duties
as a recognized professional association under the Legal Practice
Act 1996 or otherwise as required by law.
How the Bar collects personal information
20. Victorian Bar Inc collects personal information in a variety
of ways when:
(a) a member:
(i) joins the Bar or a clerking list or a Bar association;
(ii) supplies information to the various barristers’
directories published from time to time in hard copy or
on the internet;
(iii) applies for a practising certificate, chambers,
a telephone or internet subscription with the Bar or Barristers'
Chambers Ltd (BCL); or
(iv) contributes to the Barristers’ Benevolent
Association or Bar functions; or
(b) a member of the public or an organisation or business
entity communicates with the Bar about a member of the Bar
in a particular case.
21. Victorian Bar Inc also collects information from any
one browsing on its website. For details, see the website
section of this policy statement.
When we disclose personal information
22. Victorian Bar Inc discloses your personal information:
(a) for the primary purpose for which the information was
supplied (as the case may be);
(b) when requested or consented to by you; or
(c) to discharge its duties either under statute law or
its Constitution and Rules and Regulations.
23. Reasonable steps will be taken to ensure that personal
information is accurate, complete and up-to-date.
How we protect your personal information
24. Victorian Bar Inc safeguards the security of the data
collected with physical, electronic, and managerial procedures.
We ask you to take care to protect your personal data when
you have on-line access to the website and data bases of the
Bar and BCL. Change your passwords often, use a combination
of letters and at least one number, and make sure you use
a secure browser.
25. Reasonable steps will be taken to protect personal information
held from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification
or disclosure. The Bar seeks to protect the privacy of information
available to a member on-line by appropriate password protection
and unauthorized entry detection procedures. It uses industry-standard
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption on its web pages where
personal information may be entered on-line.
Openness and access to your personal information
26. Members have access to the personal information held about
them either by on-line access to that information through
the website of the Bar and BCL or by inspection by appointment
with the Executive Director of the Bar. Members may, upon
first making application for a password, correct certain information
27. Whilst all reasonable steps will be taken to ensure the
security of a member’s information to which access is
available through the website, no guarantee can be provided
that information made available to a member or provided by
a member is totally secure. Sending and receiving information
over the Internet is at the member’s risk. However Victorian
Bar Inc will do everything reasonable in the circumstances
to ensure the security of a member’s information once
it has been received from the member.
28. The Victorian Bar Inc does not hold information about
members of the public save as indicated on the website section
of this privacy statement.
29. An identifier that has been assigned by a government agency
will not be adopted and used by Victorian Bar Inc as its own
30. Sensitive information (as defined
in the Commonwealth Privacy Act) will only be collected
and dealt with in accordance the member’s consent.
31. Should any complaints arise, these should be brought to
the attention of Victorian Bar Inc’s Executive Director.
Victorian Bar Inc will investigate the complaint and if the
complaint is valid it will ensure that any conduct causing
an interference with a member’s privacy is discontinued.
If the complaint is not dealt to the member’s satisfaction
the member may contact the Victorian or Commonwealth Privacy
Published by resolution of the Victorian
Bar Council on 8 November 2001.
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