The information on this website should not be used as a substitute for advice from a properly qualified medical professional who can advise you about your own individual medical needs. It is not intended to constitute medical advice and is provided for general information purposes only. Information on cancer, including the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer, is constantly being updated and revised by medical professionals and the research community.
Cancer Council Queensland does not warrant that the information on this website, or provided through its services, is correct or complete or that it is suitable for any particular purpose. Your use of the information is at your own risk. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept any liability for any reliance placed on the information including information which is not correct, complete or up to date or suitable for any particular purpose. If any warranty or guarantee cannot by law be excluded, then, to the extent permitted by law, Cancer Council Queensland's liability for such warranty or guarantee is limited, at Cancer Council Queensland's option, to supplying the information or materials again or paying the cost of having the information or materials supplied again.
Where there are links from this website to other sites, these are provided for your general information only. Cancer Council Queensland does not control or monitor other sites and these links should not be taken as an endorsement or a recommendation by Cancer Council Queensland of those other sites or their content.
Cancer Council Queensland supports the importance the community places on the maintenance of confidentiality of individuals' personal and/or sensitive information. This extends to the collection and management of information held in its records regarding individuals.
Cancer Council Queensland is a non-government, community-based, not-for-profit organisation whose core business is cancer control and fundraising. In order to pursue these areas of activity, Cancer Council Queensland must provide assurances to the community of its commitment to privacy of personal information.
The Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000, effective December 21 2001, sets out guidelines which regulate how private sector organisations should treat personal and/or sensitive information they collect, use, handle or store.
What do the National Privacy Principles do?
The NPPs set minimum standards for:
- collection, use and disclosure of personal information which could identify a person;
- quality, security and storage of that information;
- giving an individual access to their information;
- transferring information offshore;
- special categories of information such as 'sensitive' information and 'health' information.
What is personal information
The NPPs set minimum standards for:
- Information or an opinion about an individual whose identity is apparent or can be ascertained from that information or opinion.
- This includes names, addresses, telephone numbers, age and e-mail address.
What is sensitive information
This includes information about:
- racial or ethnic origin;
- political opinion or association;
- trade union or professional association membership;
- religious beliefs or philosophical beliefs;
- sexual preferences;
- criminal record;
- health information.
What are the National Privacy Principles?
The National Privacy Principles establish 10 principles to which an organisation must comply in regard to personal and sensitive information.
- NPP1 Collecting information
- NPP2 Using and disclosing information
- NPP3 Data quality
- NPP4 Data security
- NPP5 Openness
- NPP6 Access and correction
- NPP7 Identifiers
- NPP8 Anonymity
- NPP9 Transborder data flow
- NPP10 Sensitive information
Collection of information
Personal and sensitive information is only collected as is reasonably necessary to enable Cancer Council Queensland to maintain its activities and deliver services to the community.
- Personal information about an individual should only be collected from that individual with their consent.
- Collection will be undertaken by a method which is fair, lawful and not unreasonably intrusive.
- Individuals from whom personal information is collected are to be made aware of:
- Cancer Council Queensland's contact details;
- The primary purpose for which the information is collected;
- Any possible secondary purpose for which the information may be used;
- The ability of individuals to access the information held on themselves.
- When we contact you, or you contact us, we like to be sure that our staff are as skilled as possible in answering your queries and having conversations with you. We therefore may monitor or record calls for quality assurance.
Use and disclosure of information
- Information will only be used or disclosed for the primary purpose for which it was collected. In some instances, information provided by individuals may be used to keep them better informed about Cancer Council Queensland activities and services, such as by way of a newsletter. Individuals have the right to opt out of receiving such additional mailings.
- Personal information about an individual will not be used or disclosed for a secondary purpose unless:
- The purpose is closely related to the primary purpose and the individual would reasonably expect the information to be used in that way; or
- The information is health information and its use is necessary for records or statistical analysis relevant to public health; or
- The individual has consented (recognising the competence to consent); or
- Cancer Council Queensland has a legal obligation to disclose personal information which overrides the provisions of the primary legislation.
- Cancer Council Queensland will not sell or exchange or release personal information about an individual for commercial gain.
Quality of information
Reasonable steps will be taken to ensure information collected and used is complete, accurate and up-to-date.
Security of information
- Reasonable steps will be taken to protect personal information from misuse, loss, unauthorised use, modification or disclosure.
- Personal information will be destroyed or permanently de-identified when it is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was collected.
- Cancer Council Queensland website uses secure technology for on-line transactions to protect personal details including credit card information.
- Cancer Council Queensland website contains links to other websites. Cancer Council Queensland does not accept responsibility for the privacy practices or the content of linked websites.
Openness of information
- Reasonable steps will be taken to allow any person, on request, to ascertain generally what sort of personal information is held, for what purpose, how it was collected, stored and used.
Accessibility of information
Information held on an individual is accessible to them on request (except where frivolous and vexatious) and will generally be available free of charge. Reasonable steps will be taken to ensure the information provided is accurate and up-to-date.
Identifiers used will be unique to Cancer Council Queensland.
Individuals have the option of not identifying themselves when dealing with Cancer Council Queensland.
Transborder data flow
Cancer Council Queensland will not sell, exchange or release personal information.
- Sensitive information about an individual will not be collected without that individual's consent; or
- The information is collected in the course of Cancer Council Queensland activities where the individual is in regular contact in relation to those activities and the individual understands that the information will not be disclosed without consent; or
- the information is necessary for research relevant to public health, compilation or analysis of public health statistics, or the management or monitoring of a health service and that purpose cannot be served by collection of non-identified information and it is impracticable to seek the individual's consent.
- Personal and/or sensitive information will be collected and maintained on confidential databases maintained by Cancer Council Queensland in support of its activities and service provision.
- Staff and volunteers who may have access to personal and/or sensitive information in the course of their duties will respect its confidentiality and not disclose the information to any third party.
- Breaches of confidentiality by staff will be dealt with in accordance with the conditions of appointment to the staff of Cancer Council Queensland.
- Breaches of confidentiality by volunteers will be dealt with in accordance with Cancer Council Queensland's volunteer management policies and procedures.
CCQ Website Intellectual Property and Security Statement
This site is owned by Cancer Council Queensland.
Copyrights, trade marks or other intellectual property rights and laws, protect all content and materials available on Cancer Council Queensland's site.
Except where indicated otherwise on this site, Cancer Council Queensland has no objection to the reproduction of content or material for educational purposes provided the following criteria apply:
- Content is used once only, in a non-commercial educational setting. (One written report, one oral report, or one day of educational display is allowed by a single nurse, GP, allied health professional, teacher or student for a single presentation.)
- An acknowledgment of Cancer Council Queensland must be prominently displayed.
- No fees are charged for your presentation using the content.
- Content is not altered, linked to, reused, further reproduced, or distributed.
- Content is not to be reproduced for use on a Web page or with any online service or application.
Other than as set out above, no material on this website may be reproduced, adapted, distributed, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted without prior written consent from Cancer Council Queensland, unless expressly permitted by law.
Cancer Council Queensland website contains links to third-party websites that are not operated or controlled by Cancer Council Queensland. Please note Cancer Council Queensland is not responsible for the privacy, accuracy or security practices of those websites and that this statement does not cover those websites.
Cancer Council Queensland uses secure data communications technology called SSL ("Secure Sockets Layer"). SSL can be used to secure any sensitive information including online payments, between your computer and the Fund's server so the information cannot be intercepted. Your browser is operating in a secure fashion, when you see the security status of the key/broken key icon change in the status area of your browser.
If you are still concerned about sending your credit card number through our online donation area, you can call us directly on 1300 65 65 85 to make a donation and provide your credit card details over the telephone.
Changes to this statement
We may amend this statement from time to time by posting the amended version on this website.
If you have any questions about these statements, please contact us.