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Personal Information Protection Policy

April 2019 (Version 1)

Review of Policy

The Board will review this Policy at least every three years, or earlier if the need arises.

Acknowledgement

This Policy borrows from and in some cases replicates information from the Department of Premier and Cabinet. The assistance of the Department of Premier and Cabinet is acknowledged.


1. Application

Under the Personal Information Protection Act 2004 (the PIP Act), Brand Tasmania is the custodian of personal information related to its functions and activities.


2. Summary

The PIP Act regulates the collection, maintenance, use and disclosure of personal information relating to individuals.

Personal Information is defined under the PIP Act as any information or opinion in any recorded format about an individual –

  • whose identity is apparent or is reasonably ascertainable from the information or opinion; and
  • who is alive or has not been dead for more than 25 years

‘Basic personal information’ (i.e. name, residential or postal addresses, date of birth and gender of an individual) can be used and disclosed to other Government bodies without consent in certain limited circumstances.

This Policy sets out the principles that are applied by Brand Tasmania in managing personal information. This Policy does not extend to public information, as such information is not regulated by the PIP Act.


3. Information collected by Brand Tasmania

Brand Tasmania only collects personal information that is necessary for it to perform its functions, and will only use or disclose this information for the purposes for which it was provided.

Brand Tasmania undertake activities that require the collection of personal information. The type of ‘personal information’ collected includes:

  • names
  • addresses
  • telephone numbers
  • any specific information about a person that may be required to enable us to provide the service.

Brand Tasmania takes reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information it holds is accurate, complete and up to date. Where practicable, Brand Tasmania will check on the accuracy of your personal information before it is used.


4. Sensitive information, unique identifiers and anonymity

‘Sensitive Information’ includes things like health information, criminal record, racial origin and sexual preferences. Generally, Brand Tasmania will only collect sensitive information if it is necessary to provide a service to a person and the person consents, or if the collection of that information is required or permitted by law.

Brand Tasmania does not assign unique identifiers to people unless it is necessary for us to carry out our functions efficiently or is required by law.

If a person is making a general enquiry, it may not be necessary to identify him- or herself. However, if a person wants to obtain a service, identification may be necessary


5. Access to and correction of information collection

The PIP Act provides that a person can access his or her personal information that is held by Brand Tasmania. If a person considers the personal information held by Brand Tasmania is inaccurate in any way, he or she can request that the information be amended.

Requests to access or correct personal information held by Brand Tasmania should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer by mail at GPO Box 123, Hobart, 7001, or via email to welcome@brandtasmania.com.

If a person is not satisfied with the handling or outcome of his or her request for access to or correction of his or her personal information, he or she can lodge a complaint with the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman’s Office can be contacted on 1800 001 170 and by email at ombudsman@ombudsman.tas.gov.au.


6. Use and disclosure of personal information

Brand Tasmania staff are only provided with or have access to the personal information that is necessary for them to carry out their functions within Brand Tasmania.

All staff are bound to maintain appropriate confidentiality in relation to information acquired in carrying out their duties.

Personal information will be used only for the purposes described in the Information Collected section above. Personal information will only be disclosed with the person’s consent, or if it is required by or authorised by law.

There may be a need to disclose some or all of the personal information Brand Tasmania collects to contractors and agents of the Brand Tasmania, law enforcement agencies, courts, or other public sector bodies.

Personal information in written submissions on policy matters or matters of public consultation may be disclosed in reports that are made public, unless the submission was submitted and/or accepted on a confidential basis.


7. Security of personal information

Brand Tasmania uses a number of safeguards to protect information from misuse and loss, unauthorised access, modification and disclosure.

Generally, there is an intention that information is destroyed or permanently de-identified when it is no longer required, but this can only be done in accordance with processes approved by the State Archivist under the Archives Act 1983.

Further information

If you have any questions about the information contained in this website, please contact Brand Tasmania.

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Facts about Tasmania

Tasmania

Tasmania is the southernmost state of Australia, located at latitude 40° south and longitude 144° east and separated from the continent by Bass Strait. It is a group of 334 islands, with the main island being 315 km (180 miles) from west to east and 286 km (175 miles) north to south.

Tasmania

Tasmanians are resourceful and innovative people, committed to a continually expanding export sector. In 2012–13, international exports from the state totalled $3.04 billion. USA, China, Taiwan, India, Japan and other Asian countries account for the bulk of exports, with goods and services also exported to Europe and many other regions.

Geography

Tasmania is similar in size to the Republic of Ireland or Sri Lanka. The Tasmanian islands have a combined coastline of more than 3,000 km.

Geography

The main island has a land area of 62,409 sq km (24,096 sq miles) and the minor islands, taken together, total only 6 per cent of the main island’s land area. The biggest islands are Flinders (1,374 sq km/539 sq miles), King, Cape Barren, Bruny and Macquarie Islands.

Geography

About 250km (150 miles) separates Tasmania’s main island from continental Australia. The Kent Group of Islands, one of the most northerly parts of the state, is only 55km (34 miles) from the coast of the Australian continent.

Climate

Twice named ‘Best Temperate Island in the World’ by international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler, Tasmania has a mild, temperate maritime climate, with four distinct seasons.

Climate

In summer (December to February) the average maximum temperature is 21° Celsius (70° Fahrenheit). In winter (June to August) the average maximum is 12° C (52° F) and the average minimum is 4° C (40° F). Snow often falls in the highlands, but is rarely experienced in more settled areas.

Annual Rainfall

Tasmania’s west coast is one of the wettest places in the world, but the eastern part of the State lives in a rain-shadow. Hobart, the second-driest capital city in Australia, receives about half as much rain as Sydney.

Annual Rainfall

Annual rainfall in the west is 2,400 mm (95 inches), but hardy locals insist there is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing. If you travel 120 km east to Hobart, you experience a much drier average of 626 mm (24 inches) a year.

Population

The 512,875-strong community spreads itself across the land; less urbanised than the population of any other Australian state. Hobart, the capital city, is home to more than 212,000 people.

Capital City

Hobart nestles at the foot of kunanyi / Mount Wellington (1,270 m / 4,000 ft) and overlooks the Derwent Estuary, where pods of dolphins and migrating whales are sometimes seen from nearby beaches. Surrounded by thickly forested rolling hills, the city is home to the state parliament and the main campus of the University of Tasmania.

Capital City

Its historic centre features Georgian and Regency buildings from colonial times. Hobart is home port for coastal fishing boats, Antarctic expeditions and vessels that fish the Southern Ocean.

Land Formation

Mountain ranges in the south-west date back 1,000 million years. Ancient sediments were deeply buried, folded and heated under enormous pressure to form schists and glistening white quartzites.

Land Formation

In the south-west and central highlands, dolerite caps many mountains, including Precipitous Bluff and Tasmania’s highest peak, Mt Ossa (1617 m / 5300 ft). More than 42 per cent of Tasmania is World Heritage Area, national park and marine or forest reserves.

Flora

Vegetation is diverse, from alpine heathlands and tall open eucalypt forests to areas of temperate rainforests and moorlands, known as buttongrass plains. Many plants are unique to Tasmania and the ancestors of some species grew on the ancient super-continent, Gondwana, before it broke up 50 million years ago.

Flora

Unique native conifers include slow-growing Huon pines, with one specimen on Mt Read estimated to be up to 10,000 years old. Lomatia tasmanica, commonly known as King’s holly, is a self-cloning shrub that may well be the oldest living organism on earth. It was discovered in 1937.

Fauna

Tasmania is the last refuge of several mammals that once roamed the Australian continent. It is the only place to see a Tasmanian devil or eastern quoll (native cat) in the wild and is the best place to see the spotted-tailed quoll (tiger cat), all carnivorous marsupials.

Fauna

The eastern bettong and the Tasmanian pademelon, both now extinct on the Australian continent, may also be observed.

Fauna

The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was Australia’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial and is a modern day mystery. The last documented thylacine died in captivity in 1936 and although the animal is considered extinct, unsubstantiated sightings persist.

History and Heritage

Aboriginal people have lived in Tasmania for about 35,000 years, since well before the last Ice Age. They were isolated from the Australian continent about 12,000 years ago, when the seas rose to flood low coastal plains and form Bass Strait.

History and Heritage

Descendants of the original people are part of modern Tasmania’s predominantly Anglo-Celtic population.

History and Heritage

Tasmania was originally named Van Dieman’s Land by the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman in 1642. The island was settled by the British as a penal colony in 1803 and the original name was associated with the convict era. It was changed to Tasmania when convict transportation stopped in 1853.

Economy

A resourceful island culture has generated leading-edge niche industries, from production of high-speed catamaran ferries and marine equipment to lightning-protection technology.

Economy

Tasmanians produce winches and windlasses for some of the world’s biggest ocean-going pleasure craft; large-scale inflatable evacuation systems and provide specialist outfit-accommodation services to the marine industry.

Economy

The Wooden Boat Centre at Shipwrights Point has re-established the skills and traditions of another age and attracts students from around the world.

Economy

Tasmania is a world leader in natural turf systems for major sporting arenas and in areas of mining technology and environmental management. Its aquaculture industry has developed ground-breaking fish-feeding technology and new packaging.

Economy

Tasmanians sell communications equipment to many navies and their world-class fine timber designers and craftsmen take orders internationally for furniture made from distinctive local timber.

Economy

The state is a natural larder with clean air, unpolluted water and rich soils inviting the production of 100 varieties of specialty cheeses, as well as other dairy products, mouth-watering rock lobsters, oysters, scallops and abalone, Atlantic salmon, beef, premium beers, leatherwood honey, mineral waters, fine chocolates, fresh berry fruits, apples and crisp vegetables.

Economy

Tasmania is a producer of award-winning cool-climate wines, beers, ciders and whiskies. Other export products include essential oils such as lavender, pharmaceutical products and premium wool sought after in Europe and Asia. Hobart is a vital gateway to the Antarctic and a centre for Southern Ocean and polar research.

Economy

The industries in Tasmania which made the greatest contribution to the State’s gross product in 2010–11 in volume terms were: Manufacturing (9.4%), Health care and social assistance (8.2%), Financial and insurance services (7.2%), Ownership of dwellings and Agriculture, forestry and fishing (each 7.1%).

Getting to Tasmania

Travel is easy, whether by air from Sydney or Melbourne, or by sea, with daily sailings of the twin ferries Spirit of Tasmania 1 and 2 each way between Melbourne and Devonport throughout the year.

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