|| Watson Business
Accountants has elected to abide by the National privacy Principles
established under the privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act,
2001 demonstrating our commitment to privacy.
As Chartered Accountants we are subject to certain legislative
and regulatory requirements which necessitate us obtaining and
holding detailed personal and financial information about you.
Our ability to provide you with comprehensive accounting, taxation
and financial advice is dependent on us obtaining certain personal
information about you. We acknowledge and understand the nature
and sensitivity of your personal information and are committed
to protecting your privacy.
We will only collect, maintain and use Personal Information
about you if it is necessary for us to adequately provide to
you the services you have requested.
We will not collect any personal information about you except
when you have knowingly provided that information to us or authorised
a third party to provide that information to us.
Generally collection of your personal information will be effected
in either face to face interviews, over the telephone, e-mail,
mail, courier. From time to time additional and/or updated personal
information may be collected through one or more of those methods.
Failure to provide the personal information required in order
to provide to you the services you have requested, may expose
you to higher risks in respect of the recommendations made to
you and may affect the adequacy or appropriateness of advice
we give to you.
We will not use or disclose Personal Information collected by
us for any purpose other than the purposes for which it was
provided or secondary related purposes in circumstances where
you would reasonably expect such use or disclosure. If however
it is required to use the information for an additional but
related purpose, we will obtain your consent to do so.
We are required under the Accounting Practice Statements of
the Institute of Chartered Accountants to make certain information
available for inspection by the Institute on request to ensure
ongoing compliance with mandatory professional standards.
This may involve the disclosure of your personal information
We may be required by law to release your personal information
to the Australian Tax Office and other government entities and
must co-operate fully.
Your personal information is generally held in your client file.
Information may also be held in a computer database.
We will at all times seek to ensure that the personal information
collected and held by us is protected from misuse, loss, unauthorised
access, modification or disclosure. At all times your personal
information is treated as confidential and any sensitive information
is treated as highly confidential.
In the event you cease to be a client of Watson Business Accountants
any personal information which we hold about you will be maintained
in a secure off site storage facility for a period of 7 years
in order to comply with legislative and professional requirements,
following which time the information will be destroyed.
We undertake to provide you with access to your information
provided your request is reasonable and provided we are not
precluded from doing so by any law or proceedings, legal or
otherwise. Access would be by either copies of the information
requested, allowing you to inspect the information or providing
you with an accurate summary of the information held.
We will make all efforts to ensure that personal information
that we hold is accurate, complete and up-to-date. We encourage
you to contact us in order to update any personal information
we hold about you. Please contact your regular Watson Business
Accountants representative in the first instance or alternatively
the privacy Officer in your state.
We wish to advise that government bodies impose penalties for
failing to update their databases of changes to information.
If we act as your agent in respect of notifying those relevant
bodies, we must be advised of the relevant change immediately
(and preferably before the change).
If you wish to complain about any breach or potential breach
should contact us by any of the methods detailed below and request
that your complaint be directed to the privacy Officer. Your
complaint will be considered within 7 days and responded to.
It is our intention to use our best endeavours to resolve any
complaint to your satisfaction, however, if you are unhappy
with our response, you are entitled to contact the Office of
the privacy Commissioner who may investigate your complaint