Privacy Privacy

Privacy and Security Statement

The Queensland Government has introduced the Information Privacy Act 2009 (the Act) which applies to the Queensland public sector.  The Act contains a number of privacy principles which set out how agencies may and must handle personal information (including the collection, security, use and disclosure of such information).  Personal information means any information from which your identity is apparent or can reasonably be ascertained.

McKinlay Shire Council is committed to protecting user privacy by complying with the Information Privacy Act 2009. We understand and appreciate that users to this website are concerned about their privacy and confidentiality and security of any information that may be provided. We will only collect information if it is necessary for us to provide a service to you, or maintain our relationship with you. Any information we collect will not be used or disclosed other than for:

  • the purpose for which it was collected
  • a purpose that you would reasonably expect
  • a purpose required or permitted by law
  • a purpose authorised by you.

Cookies

Cookies are small pieces of information (text) that a web site can transfer to an individual’s computer hard drive for record keeping. Cookies can reside on an individual’s machine for a fixed period of time, or expire at the end of an Internet session. We do not use cookies to collect personal information or to track your activities.

Google Analytics

When you visit this website to read or download information, our servers record basic information including your server’s address (IP), the date and time of your visit and which pages or files were accessed.

This website also uses the tools provided by Google Analytics to gather information about how this site is accessed. The information will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers located outside of Australia. 

Information that is gathered using Google Analytics includes:

  • the number of visitors to Council's website
  • how visitors arrive at Council's website, for example did they type the address in directly, follow a link from another webpage, or arrive via a search engine
  • the number of times each page is viewed and for how long
  • time and date of visit
  • geographical location of the visitor
  • information about what browser was used to view Council's site and the operating system of the computer

The above information is gathered solely for the purposes of creating summary statistics which allows Council to assess the number of visitors to the different sections of its website, to discover what information is most (and least) useful, and to help make our websites more useful to visitors.

Web server log files

When you visit this site, our server logs information that is provided by your browser. This information is used to create summary statistics which allow us to assess the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, discover what information is most and least used, determine technical design specifications, and help us make our site more useful to visitors.
The information logged is as follows:

  • the type of browser you are using;
  • the date and time of your visit;
  • your top level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc);
  • the address of the referring site;
  • your server's IP address (a number which is unique to the machine through which you are connected to the Internet: usually one of your service provider's machines); and
  • the address of the pages accessed and any documents downloaded.

No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities, unless disclosure is required by law or due to a mandatory requirement of a Court, Governmental Agency or Regulatory Authority. We use the information only for statistical analysis or systems administration purposes.

How we treat emails

Any official email correspondence sent to email addresses on this site, or information submitted via web forms on this site, will be treated as a public record and be retained as required by the Public Records Act 2002 and other relevant legislation.

Any personal information contained in emails or webforms will only be used for the purpose for which you provide it.  Council will not add your details to a mailing list nor disclose any personal information contained in the correspondence to third parties without your prior consent, unless required to do so by law.  Email messages may be monitored by our information technology staff for system trouble-shooting and maintenance purposes.

Searches

Search terms that you enter when using our search engine are collected, but are not associated with any other information that we collect. We use these search terms to ascertain what people are looking for at our site, and to improve the services that we provide.

Links to other sites

This website contains links to other websites.  Council is not responsible for the content and privacy practices of other websites, and recommends that you read the applicable Privacy Policy of the third party site.

Contact

If you have any queries about your dealings with this website, please contact the Council by email reception@mckinlay.qld.gov.au or by phoning 4746 7166. 

Right to Information Right to Information

The Public Interest Disclosure act 2010 (the PID Act) aims to ensure that government is open and accountable by providing protection for those who speak out about wrongdoing or in other words, make a public interest disclosure (PID). Making a public interest disclosure is sometimes referred to as ‘whistle blowing'.

What is a Public Interest Disclosure?

A Public Interest Disclosure (PID) is a report of a suspected wrong doing or danger. For an allegation, to be considered a PID and attract the protections under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010, it must be:

  • Public interest information about substantial and specific wrongdoing or danger
  • An appropriate disclosure
  • Made to proper authority

Does McKinlay Shire Council have a policy regarding PIDs?

McKinlay Shire Council has adopted a Policy and Management Plan to ensure the appropriate handling of PIDs.

How do I make a PID?

A PID can be made orally or in writing.

  • To make your PID in writing you can, if you choose, use the Public Interest Disclosure Form and address your PID to the Chief Executive Officer and clearly mark the sealed envelope as Public Interest Disclosure – Private and Confidential.
  • You can also phone Council on 07 4746 7166 and ask for the Director of Corporate Services.

Disclosures to other Agencies

Alternatively, you can make your disclosure to the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) if it concerns corrupt conduct including reprisal,  the Queensland Ombudsman, if it concerns maladministration or the Queensland Audit Office for disclosures about substantial misuse of resources.

Crime and Corruption Commission
By email: mailbox@ccc.qld.gov.au
By letter: Crime and Corruption Commission
GPO Box 3123
Brisbane Qld 4001
Australia

By Phone:

07 3360 6060
1800 061 611 (toll free outside Brisbane)

In Person:
Level 2, North Tower Green Square
515 St Pauls Terrace
Fortitude Valley
Brisbane Qld 4001

Queensland Ombudsman
Queensland Ombudsman
Level 18, 53 Albert Street, Brisbane
GPO Box 3314, Brisbane Qld 4001
Email: ombudsman@ombudsman.qld.gov.au
Telephone: 07 3005 7000 Freecall: 1800 068 908 (toll free outside Brisbane)

Where do I get more information?

For more information refer to Council's PID Policy and PID Management Plan, or alternatively contact Councils Director of Corporate Services via:
Phone: 07 4746 7166
Email: finance@mckinlay.qld.gov.au

The Queensland Ombudsman is the oversight body of Public Sector agencies for PIDs and fact sheets and information guidelines regarding PIDs and your rights and obligations under the PID Act are available from www.ombudsman.qld.gov.au

Information regarding Ethics in the public service can be accessed from the Queensland Government Website.