What information do we hold and for what purpose?
We are committed to helping you understand the Gospel and know Jesus. We are also committed, as God’s people, to look after you and to look to your interests in addition to our own. To help us protect and care for you, it is necessary for us to know you and the people who come in contact with us. As such, we may collect general information about you (such as your name, address, and contact details) so that we can contact you and minister to you effectively. In some instances, we may collect sensitive information (as defined by the Privacy Act) that may include your health information or information about your beliefs. We will only collect the information with your consent or if we are required under the law to do so.
If you make a financial payment to us, we may collect details about your bank account and/or credit card. We will neither hold nor collect that information unless you provide that information to us.
How do we collect information?
We may collect information through our website, our forms including sign-up and registration forms, information received in public meetings, smaller group meetings, and from written responses to our communication to you.
Where practicable, the purpose for which we collect your information will be made clear to you at the time of collection. We will not disclose your information without your prior consent.
How do we use this information and whom may we disclose it to?
In keeping with our purpose, we may make your information available to our staff, leaders, wardens, interns, and volunteers. Such information excludes any financial or sensitive information you may choose to provide to us.
Your financial information will be made available exclusively to our wardens who are the financial executors of COAH. We may disclose your financial information to third parties with your consent for purposes that include setting up regular giving.
Any sensitive information you choose to provide to us will not be disclosed to any party without your consent unless we are required under the law to do so or the disclosure is necessary for the purpose of our ministry. Any information you provide to us will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
Certain organisations, such as the police and the courts of law have the authority to require us to supply details that may include your personal information. If this occurs, we will comply with the requirements and advise you that we have done so.
Access to your information
You can request access to your information by contacting COAH’s Privacy Officer as set out below. We will provide you with access to your personal information unless we are legally authorised to refuse your request.
Safeguarding the privacy of your information is important to us. We will take reasonable steps to keep secure any personal information which we hold and to keep this information accurate and up to date. Your information, along with the information of other members of COAH, will be stored in a secure server or secure files.
We may need to maintain records for a period of time. When we consider information is no longer needed, we will remove any details that will identify you or we will securely destroy the records regarding you.
If you would like any further information, or have any queries, problems or complaints relating to this policy or our information handling practices in general, please contact our