Privacy issues are of paramount importance and the Ararat Town Hall (a business unit of Ararat Rural City Council) is committed to the protection of privacy while carrying out its business.
Ararat Town Hall believes that the responsible handling of personal information is a key aspect of democratic governance and is strongly committed to protecting an individual’s right to privacy.
Accordingly, the Ararat Town Hall is committed to full compliance with its obligation under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014. In particular, the Ararat Town Hall will comply with the Information Privacy Principles contained in the Act.
Anonymous access to our site
You can browse the Ararat Town Hall website anonymously, without disclosing personal information, such as your name and contact details. However, some areas or services provided through this site will require registration may not be accessible.
Collection of personal data
The Ararat Town Hall site does not collect or record identifying information, other than the information you choose to provide.
For most transactions, such as purchasing tickets for shows and events or subscribing to receive our e-newsletter, you will be asked to create an account and provide your name and contact details. For other transactions, you may be asked to complete an online form.
Updating your details
If any of your details change, they can be updated by logging into your online account and amending your record. Alternative, you can advise us by email or phone.
To unsubscribe from our e-newsletter, log in to your online account and update your preferences or contact us by email or phone. You can also unsubscribe by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the e-newsletter.
Collection of site visit data
The following information is automatically recorded by this site, web server for statistical and system administration purpose only:
· Your IP address.
· The date and the time of your visit to the site.
· The pages you accessed and downloaded.
· Your operating system.
· The type of browser you are using.
To the extent that this data could make you identifiable, Ararat Town Hall will not attempt to identify individuals form the records the server automatically generates unless that is necessary to investigate a breach of law. At times, we will use tracking pixels to measure social media campaigns and improve our customer’ experience by providing them with the information most relevant to them. There may be the occasion when a third party, such as an event promoter, will also be also to access this non-identifying data.
Your personal information will be used and disclosed by Ararat Town Hall and other Council staff and our contractors to provide the services you request. We will not disclose your personal information to a third party without your consent, unless we are required or authorised to do so by law. Occasionally, promoters request information about patrons attending their events. You will have a choice about whether your information is shared, unless it is required for the successful running of the event. You will always be either asked for your consent or notified, before your information is shared.
In the event of an investigation into suspected unlawful or improper activity, a law enforcement agency or government agency may exercise its legal authority to inspect the web server’s records (e.g., in relation to hacking or abusive messages)
Security of your personal data
We take the security of your personal information seriously. Customer account data is held in secure data centres and in encrypted in transit. All data relating to online payments is handled in accordance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PIC DSS)
Although every effort is made with regard to security, this website does not guarantee secure transmission of information over the internet. You should be aware that there are risks in transmitting information over the internet. If you are concerned about conveying sensitive material to Ararat Town Hall over the Internet, you might prefer to contact us by phone or mail.
Accessing your information
To apply to access or amend your personal information, contact Council’s Freedom of Information officer on 03 5355 0231 or email [email protected] More information about Freedom of Information and accessing your records can be found here.