24 AUG – 20 OCT 2019

Privacy Policy


BIFB Ballarat International Foto Biennale’s COMMITMENT TO PRIVACY

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) is committed to managing personal information in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Personal information is information or an opinion about an identifiable individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable. The information or opinion does not have to be true or recorded in a material form.

This Privacy Policy applies to the collection, use, disclosure and storage of personal information by the BIFB. It also sets out how you may access your personal information, ask for it to be amended, opt out of receiving marketing communications and complain about the BIFB’s information managing practices.

Why and how the BIFB collects and uses personal information

The BIFB collects personal information reasonably necessary to carry out our business including one or more of our functions or activities exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists as well as delivering quality events. We may also collect personal information for other lawful uses in connection with the BIFB’s activities consistent with this Privacy Policy.

The purposes for which we usually collect and use personal information relate to circumstances when we receive, respond to or action:

  • Purchase of an exhibition ticket or BIFB product either through a box office representing BIFB or online
  • Enrolments in programs and registration for events including talks, performances and workshops
  • Subscriptions to our e-newsletter
  • Applications to become a Friend of the Biennale
  • Donations, sponsorship and other support
  • Requests for information or brochures and other general inquiries
  • Venue hire and events arrangements
  • Recruitment processes (including for volunteers, internships and work experience)
  • Injuries or incidents that occur at a BIFB venue or event
  • Market research
  • Interaction with the BIFB through our website, our app, or through social networking activities including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Generally through these interactions with BIFB and our associated collection and use of your personal information, you are giving us permission to send you information about upcoming exhibitions, events, programs, products and services offered by the BIFB that may be of interest to you.

We collect personal information directly from you. We may collect and update information over the phone, by email, over the Internet, including through your social networking interactions with the BIFB, via our app, in person, in writing or if you participate in a BIFB survey.

We may also collect personal information from third parties in ways which you would expect (for example, through third parties we engage to sell our exhibition tickets).


Type of personal information we collect

The type of personal information we generally collect includes your name, e-mail, gender, postcode, postal address and contact numbers as well as any additional information you provide to us, or authorise us to collect, as part of your interaction with the BIFB. For example, it may be necessary to collect more information for the processing of application for grants or financial assistance or enrolling you in a program. In the case of our recruitment activities, we may also collect information about you from third parties who you have nominated as referees.

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) may be in use on the BIFB’s premises or at events for security and safety purposes. CCTV footage is likely to capture pictures or video footage of individuals. Footage is accessed by persons authorised to do so and may be provided to law enforcement agencies.

We do not collect sensitive information such as your political or religious beliefs or sexual preference unless you consent to its collection. We may collect details for statistical purposes such as ethnic background. This type of information can assist us to better develop and deliver programs.

BIFB’s interaction with you via the internet and social media

The BIFB displays ads for current and upcoming exhibitions on the internet and social media. The BIFB adds cookies to users’ browsers and uses web beacons and measurement software and tools on our website to enable us to serve ads based on prior visits to the BIFB website. Cookies are small files that a website can store on a user’s computer and are used for keeping the ‘state of a user session’ i.e. remembering who you are from a page requesting information through to supplying it. The information includes how often users visit the site, what pages they visit, what links they click, what geolocation the visit originated in, what browser they use, what operating system they use, and what other sites they visited prior to coming to our site.

Users may opt out of the use of cookies by disabling certain functions in your web browser or by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt out page. However, in doing so, you may be unable to access certain pages or content on our website.

The BIFB may provide links to websites of other organisations with which we collaborate. Some of those websites allow interaction and sharing of content including social media buttons such as iTunes, Google play, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube. These linked sites, applications and widgets are not under the BIFB’s control and we cannot accept responsibility for the conduct of companies linked to the BIFB websites, or their collection of information through these third party applications or widgets. Before disclosing information on any other website, or using these applications or widgets you should examine the terms and conditions of using that website and the relevant third party’s data collection practices and privacy policy.

When you look at this website, our Internet Service Provider may make a record of your visit or log information such as your server address, your top level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, etc), the date and time of the visit to the site, the pages accessed and documents downloaded, the previous site visited, and the type of browser used.

No attempt is, or will be, made to identify users browsing activities except, in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect activity logs.


How we hold information

We store information in a number of secure databases (including trusted third party storage providers), paper-based files or other electronic record keeping methods. Personal information may be collected in paper-based document and converted to electronic form for use or storage (with the original paper-based documents either archived or securely destroyed). We take reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse, interference and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.

The BIFB uses physical security and other measures to ensure that personal information is protected from misuse, interference and loss; and from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure. Personal information held in paper-based form is generally securely stored at the BIFB in Ballarat.

We maintain computer and network security by using firewalls, user identifiers and passwords to control access to our computer system. Donations and registrations made on the BIFB website use encryption methods and credit card data is stored using systems compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

We also take steps to destroy or de-identify information that we no longer require. In some cases there are statutory requirements for retaining information for a prescribed period of time.

Marketing promotions

The BIFB uses and discloses the personal information it collects to communicate directly with you to promote its goods and services. You can unsubscribe using the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of our electronic direct marketing communications. You may also contact the BIFB to request not to receive direct marketing communications by emailing info@ballaratfoto.org or by using the contact details below. If you opt-out of receiving marketing material from us, please note that the BIFB may still contact you in relation to its ongoing relationship with you. For example, if you are a BIFB Friend we may still send you information relevant to that relationship with us.

Disclosure of personal information

We do not sell personal information.
We may disclose your personal information for the purposes explained at the time of collection, or otherwise as set out in this Privacy Policy. We will not disclose your personal information for other purposes without first seeking your consent, unless authorised or required by law.

The BIFB may disclose information to trusted third parties engaged to assist with services including data processing, data analysis, information technology services and support, website maintenance/development, venue and event promoters, printing, record archiving, data mailing and market research. Except as provided below, the third parties to which we disclose personal information are located in Australia. We take steps to require any such third parties to protect the privacy and security of your personal information and to only use it for the purpose for which it is disclosed.

Access to and correction of personal information

To request access to your personal information please contact our Privacy Officer using the contact details set out below. We will take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we collect, use or disclose is accurate, complete and up-to-date. If your personal details change, such as your contact details, or if consider the information held by us is considered to be inaccurate, out-of-date, incomplete, irrelevant or misleading, please contact us to correct or update your details.

We undertake to promptly acknowledge any requests for access and correction to personal information and will take reasonable steps to correct the information. A request to remove or delete personal information may not be possible to comply with as certain personal information must be retained by the BIFB for a specific period as specified by applicable legislative and regulatory requirements. In limited circumstances, a request to access, correct or delete personal information may be declined in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles. In such instances, the BIFB will provide a reason for its decision.


You may contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or how your personal information has been handled using the contact details below. If you have contacted the BIFB and your question or concern has not been able to be resolved to your satisfaction, you may make a complaint to us.
All privacy complaints should be directed in writing to the BIFB’s Privacy Officer who will consider your complaint to determine whether there are simple or immediate steps which can be taken to resolve the issue. We will endeavour in the first instance to deal with your complaint and take any steps necessary to resolve the matter within one to two weeks.

If your complaint requires more detailed consideration or investigation, we will acknowledge receipt of your complaint and will ask you to provide us with further information about the circumstances of the matter that you are complaining about, how you believe your privacy has been interfered with and how you believe your complaint should be resolved.

We will endeavour to acknowledge receipt of the further information within 5 business days of receiving it and to complete our investigation into your complaint in a timely manner. This may include, for example, gathering the relevant facts, locating and reviewing relevant documents and speaking to relevant individuals. In most cases, we expect that complaints will be investigated and a response provided within 30 days of receipt of the information from you. If the matter is more complex and our investigation may take longer, we will write and let you know.

If you consider the BIFB’s response to be unsatisfactory or believe that the BIFB may have breached the Australian Privacy Principles or the Privacy Act, a complaint may be made to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner can be contacted by telephone 1300 363 992 or by using the contact details on its website.

Contacting the BIFB


+61 3 5331 4833