This statement covers how personal information managed by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions (Abuse in Care) will be respected and cared for.
As a Royal Commission established under the Inquiries Act 2013, Abuse in Care is not an agency under the Privacy Act 1993. We are, however, committed to ensuring that personal information is treated appropriately and in accordance with the principles of sensitivity, confidentiality, and informed consent. We will only collect, use or disclose personal information as allowed under our Terms of Reference and our internal privacy guidelines.
Abuse in Care has powers under section 20 of the Inquiries Act 2013 to collect information appropriate for the purposes of the inquiry. This means we can require any person to produce documents and provide information necessary for Abuse in Care to identify, examine, and report on the matters in scope.
The matters in scope include:
We collect information from you when you:
We only share your personal information in accordance with the Terms of Reference, and as allowed by our powers under section 20 of the Inquiries Act. In any inquiry reports or publications, we will make sure that your information is anonymised so that you cannot be identified from it.
Sometimes we need to share personal information with organisations that we contract to:
We also ensure that any organisations we contract with have robust security practices and limited access to the personal information.
With your explicit consent, we may share your personal information with support organisations such as Homecare Medical or the Police if you require wellbeing support or assistance.
We will respect your information and keep it safe. We know your information is very important and take our responsibilities seriously. Our staff are trained in the appropriate use of information and are aware of how to keep information your information confidential.
We have systems and safeguards in place to control how we collect, manage and use your information. This helps us use your information appropriately and keep it safe.
Our systems are secure and only people that need to use your personal information will have access to it. This includes digital, electronic and physical (hard copy) information.
All information generated by Abuse in Care are public records and will be managed under the provisions of the Public Records Act 2005. Once the Abuse in Care inquiry is completed, the Chief Archivist will instruct us on the archiving process required. Part of the archival process includes appropriate restrictions as to the management of personal information.
If you have any concerns and wish to access or amend any of the personal information you provided to Abuse in Care, please contact us.
This website can be viewed and its web feeds (once available) can be subscribed to without the need to disclose any personal information to us.
You may decide to provide identifying information when:
Personal information that you provide will be held by Abuse in Care.
We will only use personal information provided to communicate with users of the website, including those wishing to participate in Abuse in Care.
We use Google Analytics(external link) to collect statistical information about your visit to help us analyse usage of, and improve, the website. This information includes:
The website generates persistent cookies for all visitors for the purpose of collecting the statistical information referred to above. The cookies, which can be found on your computer, are named __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz.
Our site uses Adroll to help us recognize your device and understand how you use our site. This information helps us to improve what we provide so we can:
Sending the newsletter through Mailchimp gives more safeguards against accidental privacy breaches than sending the newsletter out by standard email, and lets us see how people are reading the newsletters using tools offered by Mailchimp.
There is no ability to track subscribers outside of a specific newsletter. Once the recipient has closed the newsletter, no further information can be collected. When you unsubscribe to our newsletter, your details will be deleted from the database.
If you have a question about the information we hold, or a concern about how we've handled your information, you can contact us.