1. Why we collect your personal information
Universal Church is a non-profit organisation committed to followers of Jesus Christ. To accomplish our mission, we provide a range of Christian programs and services including our church services or our Heal Your Life workshops. To participate in certain programs or activities, we need to collect some information from those who want to be involved with our church, enabling us to communicate with them and provide the requested services.
2. What personal and sensitive information we collect
The information that we collect about you will vary depending on the nature of involvement and the activities that you choose to be involved in. We endeavour to only ask you for information that is reasonably necessary for the activities you are seeking to be involved in. You are not required to provide the personal and/or sensitive information that we request, but if you chose not to provide it, it may hinder or prevent your involvement or inclusion in some activities and communications and the degree of pastoral support and care that we can provide you with.
The information that we collect includes:
contact details (name, address, telephone numbers, email, etc.);
personal details (birthdate, marital status, gender, etc.);
family details (spouse, children, etc.);
education qualifications and occupation information (profession, job title, etc.).
Some personal information is considered ‘sensitive information’. At times we collect sensitive information about you, including:
religious information (attendance, denominational details, spiritual milestones)
professional and practice information;
criminal record; and
credit card details.
2.1 Anonymity and Pseudonymity
Where practicable and lawful, we will endeavour to provide you with the option of interacting anonymously or by using a pseudonym. However, this may prevent us from practically and effectively communicating with you.
2.2 Online privacy
We are committed to protect your privacy on our web sites. All access to our public websites is anonymous, except for any areas where you login with your own account or enter your personal information.
When you visit our public websites a record of your visit is logged and the following data is supplied by your browser:
The date, time and length of your visit to the website;
Your IP address and/or domain name;
Your operating system (type of browser and platform); and
The pages and resources you accessed and the documents you downloaded.
Cookies are only used to store temporary information about your current visit, and all data stored in them is encrypted.
Our website may contain links to third party websites, and third party websites may also have links to our website.
We encourage you to read the privacy policies of any website you link to from our website.
Our staff and some volunteers and leaders have access to private sections of our public websites and to private websites such our staff Intranet and wix site, which also log the pages and resources that each individual accesses for auditing and security purposes.
3. How we collect your information
We collect information directly from you, unless it is unreasonable or impractical to do so. Where we collect information from third parties and it is not personal information that is contained in a Commonwealth record, we will take reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify the information as required by law.
We collect personal information about partners, attenders, supporters, donors, volunteers, employees, contractors and visitors to our events by:
any of the forms on our website, mobile app, other electronic means, or paper forms (visitors card, decision card, contact information form, event registration, etc.);
email or social media message or conversation;
phone calls; and
voice or image recording.
We will advise you of the purposes for collecting the information at the point that it is collected, and of any third parties to whom the information is usually disclosed.
3.1 Unsolicited collection of personal or sensitive information
At times we may discover personal or sensitive information about you from a third party. If it is not personal information that is contained in a Commonwealth record, and if it is not necessary for conducting Universal Church activities, or we are unable to advise you, we will take steps to destroy or de-identify the information if it is lawful and reasonable to do so.
4. Security and holding of your personal information
We take all reasonable steps to protect the personal and sensitive information we hold from interference, misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
Our IT systems are password protected and comply with applicable security standards. Only authorised personnel are permitted to access your data. Where we use cloud storage, we take all reasonable steps to ensure that the providers we use have privacy policies in place that comply with Australian privacy regulations and principles.
It is our policy to permanently de-identify personal information where reasonable and possible; and destroy personal information once there is no longer a legal or other need for us to retain it.
5. How we use your information
We only use your personal and sensitive information for the reason we collect it as outlined above and for the purpose(s) for which it was collected and for any other purposes that you consent to, or as otherwise reasonably expected or permitted by law.
5.1 Direct Marketing
At times we will use your personal information to directly communicate with you about topics which we think you would be interested in, and be of benefit to you, such as church events or courses. These communications will typically be in the form of email or SMS text message. We will always give you the ability to opt-out of these communications, unless the communication is required for involvement in a specific event, ministry or other area in which you have chosen to participate.
6. Accessing your personal information
You can gain free access to your personal and sensitive information by requesting it from us. In some circumstances, we may need to deny your access request, for example where:
granting you access would have an unreasonable impact on someone else’s privacy;
any other reason as consistent with the Privacy Act.
In such a situation we will provide you with an explanation in writing for why access is denied, including information on the process for a complaint regarding the refusal.
7. Correcting your personal information
We take all reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we hold and collect is relevant, accurate, complete and up-to-date. We regularly provide Partners and Attenders with the opportunity to update your details via Contact Information Forms available at the Connect Desk at each site, or on our website.
8. Disclosure of your information
At times we may make some personal information available to strategic partners that work with us to provide services or assist us in our mission, but only where we have your consent to do so. We also make some personal and sensitive information available to some key Universal volunteers and leaders, where they have agreed to a confidentiality statement, in order for them to provide pastoral services or manage certain aspects of our ministries. This does not reduce our commitment to your privacy. We work with our partners, leaders and volunteers to ensure that your privacy is respected and secured the same as if a staff member was handling it.
Any disclosure of your personal information to recipients other than our strategic partners, volunteers or leaders would only occur if we have your permission, or:
the disclosure is required or authorised by law or court order; and
doing so does not breach the Australian Privacy Principals; and
the recipient of the information is subject to a law or binding scheme that has the effect of protecting the information that is substantially similar to the way in which the Australian Privacy Principals protects the information.
We may sometimes share non-personal, non-sensitive and de-identified information with research organisations.
9. Privacy questions and complaints
We read all communications and reply where appropriate as soon as possible. In order to effectively address your complaint, we may request further information from you about it before we address it. If you are not satisfied with our response, you may refer your complaint to the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) on
Universal Church Of Love, Peace & Equality Inc.
Level 1 The Realm,
18 National Circuit,
Canberra ACT 2600
10. Policy Review
This policy will be scheduled for review every one (1) years, or as dictated by legislative requirements.