1. About this Policy
Studco Australia Pty Ltd (ACN 145 053 925) and its related companies including Studco Investments Pty Ltd (ACN
096 288 318), Studco Australia Holdings Pty Ltd (ACN 614 064 505) and Studco Building Systems (ACN 113 650
972) (Studco) (‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’) understands the importance of, and is committed to, protecting your personal
information. We comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). We are bound by the Australian Privacy Principles
(APPs) which regulate how we may collect, use, disclose and store personal information, and how our customers
and suppliers and stakeholders (‘you’) may access and correct personal information we hold about you.
• clearly communicate how we deal with personal information;
• enhance the transparency of Studco operations; and
• give a better and more complete understanding of the sort of personal information that Studco holds, and the
way we handle that information.
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Who to contact
please contact the Privacy Officer using the contact details provided below. You can also contact the privacy officer
if you believe that the privacy of your personal information has been compromised or is not adequately protected.
Once a complaint has been lodged, the Privacy Officer will respond to you as soon as possible.
You may also lodge a complaint with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner by telephone: 1300
363 992 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Studco Privacy Officer: Desiree Westbrook
2. Information we collect about you
We collect information about you that we reasonably need for our business functions and activities. Our business
functions and activities include:
• design, development, supply and installation of building products including (but not limited to) steel studs,
finishing sections, moulding and trims, ceiling systems, door jambs, top hat and cladding sections, access
panels, sound isolation systems, plasterboard sections, exposed t-bar systems and vortex high-rise wall
• engineering and technical services including the provision of engineering documents, certified computations,
drawings & diagrams, qualified acoustic opinions, installation reports and site inspections in respect of partition
walls, ceiling systems, external walls, load bearing walls, external facades and acoustic control;
• activities in support of those functions including administration, employment, management, marketing,
contracting, online and mobile marketing, IT, legal, security, customer support, finance (including credit control)
and human resources;
• marketing, sales, support and development of our products and services; and
• activities we plan for the future including new ways of communicating, new products and services, new
business models and new businesses.
Generally, we collect the following personal information about you:
• your name;
• date of birth;
• your contact details including residential or business address, telephone number and email address;
• company details (if applicable).
We may combine your personal information above with other information about you, including sensitive information,
• if you login to our website we may collect details about your user name, site usage and products you may be
• if we provide you with free access to a service (example an app), we may collect details about you including
your name, sites visited, location, preferences, mobile device information (MAC Address and other metadata);
• we may collect information and data about you from third parties and publicly available sources (such as
• we may combine information and data about you from several sources to make up a composite or persona
regarding your likely consumer behaviour;
• if your business or your employer supplies us with products or services, or if your business or employer
distributes, sells or services our products, we collect information about your trading with us (for example the
products and services you buy or sell or the products and services you provide), your trading history and
account history (including credit card details);
• if you apply for a position with us, we collect information to help us decide your application, including your
contact details, date of birth, work history, academic history, referees, tax file number, medical and similar
• if you are an employee, we may collect details on your performance of your duties in your role, with your
consent (if we are required by law to have your consent);
• if you request information from us (for example about a product or service) or register a complaint, we collect
information about your request or complaint;
• if you enter a promotion or competition, visit us at an event or enquire about Studco, we may collect your
contact details so that we can follow up on your enquiry or interest by sending you marketing material.
If you submit a credit application to us we collect certain other types of personal information (including information
contained in a consumer or commercial credit report about you) including:
• information about your credit history, including information about your past experiences with us and other credit
• the kinds of credit products that you have sought and obtained in the past;
• information about your consumer credit payments overdue for at least 60 days and for which collection action
• advice that payments that were previously notified to a Credit Reporting Body as overdue are no longer
• publicly available information about your credit worthiness;
• an opinion of a credit provider that you have committed a serious credit infringement in relation to credit
provided by that credit provider;
• we may also derive information about you from consumer or commercial credit reports about you, including:
o information which assists us to assess your suitability for credit
o the likelihood of you being able to meet your commitments to us.
We record this information (personal information) in our database whilst we deal with you. We will remove this
information from out database when we have no further need to keep a record of it, except if we are required to
keep it by law (for example, for tax or for superannuation purposes).
3. How we collect information about you
How do we collect personal information?
We collect personal information directly from you. We may record your contact details when you call us, when you
register and login to our website, when you purchase a product or service, if you are a customer or are a supplier,
when you fill out an application form (including a credit application form), when you participate in a transaction,
when you provide your contact details via web, mobile or email or when you ask us for information or request
something from us.
Sometimes we collect personal information about you from another person or business, or from a publicly available
source. For example:
• if you enquire about purchasing or renting any of our apartments that we have developed through a real estate
agent or third party;
• your employer may give us your details in relation to a or provision of a product or service;
• an employment service may send us your resume;
• if you enter a networking event, promotion or competition organised by us, we may be given your name and
contact details by the promoter of the event; and
• our service providers may provide us with your personal information from websites, social media sites, mobile,
and other technology based sources.
We use lawful and fair means to collect your information. We will collect personal information about you from
another person or from a publicly available source only if it is unreasonable or impracticable to collect it directly
from you, and we will take reasonable steps to inform you that we have collected your personal information. Those
If we receive personal information about you that we have not requested, and if we determine that we could not
have lawfully collected that information under privacy law if we had requested it, we will destroy or de-identify the
information, if it is lawful and reasonable to do so. If we collect your personal information in an unsolicited manner,
we take reasonable steps to inform you of such collection and also how we use, disclose and secure your personal
4. Do I have to provide you with my personal information?
You can deal with us anonymously (without giving us your name and contact details) or by using a pseudonym (a
name that does not include your real name, for example an email address or a user name that you use in an online
If you choose to deal with us anonymously or using a nickname, we can give you general information about our
products and services, and you may be able to purchase products and services from us for cash or participate in
any online forum we provide.
You can deal with us using a nickname together with your real name and contact details. If you choose to deal with
us in this way, we may collect your personal information together with your nickname. When you identify yourself
to us using your nickname only, we can deal with you only as described above. We may ask you to provide proof
of your identity if you use a nickname.
5. Why we collect personal information about you (purpose of collection)
We collect and record personal information about you so that we can carry out our functions and activities described
above. The primary purposes for which we collect your personal information include:
• so that we can provide our products and services to you;
• so that we can administer our dealings with you (and your employer if applicable), to provide you with
information and to respond to any requests that you may have;
• so that we can assess and process a credit application made by you or your business, establish, provide and
administer your credit account, and collect overdue payments;
• so that we can improve our service and product offerings to our clients;
• so that we can function efficiently as a business, for example, we may collect your personal information for
research, marketing, for efficiency purposes or so that we can offer new products, reconcile transactions, or if
you are a customer or supplier so that we can record your dealings with us;
• so that we can decide whether to employ or contract with you;
• so that we can comply with agreements we have entered into with our suppliers and customers.
We also collect your personal information for certain secondary purposes that are related to the primary purposes
outlined above. Secondary purposes may include so that we can run our business efficiently, for example, so that
our advisors can provide us with customer research, or so that we can understand how our business is performing,
to allow us to operate efficiently and to lower costs by outsourcing services (such as collecting or paying money
and making our processes more efficient). Other secondary purposes may include so that we can sell or transfer
our business or merge with another business.
Who do we disclose your personal information to?
We do not use or disclose your personal information for a purpose other than:
• a purpose you would reasonably expect;
• a purpose required or permitted by law;
• a purpose otherwise disclosed to you to which you have consented.
Depending on the circumstances, we may disclose your personal information to other people including one or more
of the following:
• our delivery drivers, subcontractors, installation agents or other contractors assisting us with delivering our
products and services to you;
• service providers including agents, contractors, IT, security, legal, accounting, research, credit, credit reporting
bodies, marketing, insurers, financial institutions, debt collection agencies and others;
• service providers including contractors who aggregate your personal information and provide context and
location data about your consumer behaviour;
• advertisers who sell products and services that we think you will be interested in;
• other credit providers, to assist them with assessing a credit application they have with you, or to ensure that
the information about you that we handle is correct;
• credit reporting bodies in order to obtain credit reports and also for the purpose of dealing with defaults on
your credit account and serious credit infringements;
• if you are an employee or contractor we may disclose your personal information to other employees,
management and contractors;
• our affiliate companies and related companies;
• government, regulatory and law enforcement authorities, where we are required to or permitted to by law;
• to prevent or investigate any fraud or crime (or a suspected fraud or crime).
We take reasonable steps to ensure that these organisations are bound by confidentiality and privacy obligations
with respect to the protection of your personal information.
We may disclose your personal information to an overseas service provider, for example a service provider, a cloud
data centre or a customer information call centre. If it is not practicable or reasonable for us to gain your consent to disclose your personal information to an overseas service provider, we will take reasonable steps to notify you
of the specific countries where we disclose your personal information. We will take reasonable steps to ensure that
the overseas services provider is bound by privacy and confidentiality obligations.
7. Access to your personal information
You may request access to the personal information that we hold about you by using the contact details provided
We will deal with your request for such access within a reasonable time. If we refuse access, we will provide you
with a written notice which sets out the reasons for the refusal and the relevant provisions of the Privacy Act that
we rely on to refuse access.
We may recover reasonable costs in relation to a request for access to personal information.
Accuracy and correction
We take reasonable steps to make sure that the personal information we collect is accurate, up-to-date and
complete. We take reasonable steps to make sure that the personal information we use or disclose is accurate,
up-to-date, complete and relevant. Where we believe that the personal information we hold is inaccurate, out-ofdate, incomplete, and irrelevant or misleading, we will take reasonable steps to correct that information.
Where we believe that the information we hold is inaccurate, out-of-date, incomplete, and irrelevant or misleading,
we will take reasonable steps to correct that information and to notify that correction to third parties at your request.
You may also request that we correct information that we hold about you, by using our contact details above.
We will take reasonable steps to correct the information within a reasonable time. However, if we do not agree with
the corrections you have requested, we are not obliged to alter your personal information, but we will give you a
written notice which sets out the reasons for our refusal, the mechanisms available to complain about the refusal
and the relevant provisions of the Act that we rely on to refuse correction. You can also ask us to associate a
statement with the relevant information that puts your view that it is inaccurate, out-of-date, incomplete, irrelevant
or misleading. We will not charge you for making a correction request, for correcting your information or for
associating a statement with your information.
We hold your personal information in paper-based and electronic files. We will take reasonable steps to ensure
that your personal information which is kept in our files is protected from:
• misuse, interference and loss;
• unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
This means that, in respect of our paper-based files, we maintain various security systems on our premises, and
in respect of electronic files, we (or our service providers) maintain secure electronic network systems.
When we no longer require your personal information (including when we are no longer required by law to keep
records relating to you), we ensure that it is destroyed or de-identified.
Social media and web
This section explains how we handle personal information collected from our social media sites, mobile and
websites. If you have any questions or concerns about transmitting your personal information via the internet, you
may contact us using the contact details provided above, as there are other ways for you to provide us with your
Visiting our websites and social media sites
If you visit or access an unsecured part of our social media sites or websites, that is, a public page that does not
require you to log on, we (or our service providers) will collect information about your visit, such as:
• the time and date of the visit;
• any information or documentation that you download;
• your browser type;
• your IP address;
• your MAC address.
A “cookie” is a small text file which is placed on your internet browser and which we access each time you visit our
website. When you visit the secured pages of our website (i.e. pages that you have to provide login details to
about how our website is being used.
You may change the settings on your browser to reject cookies; however, doing so will prevent you from access to
the secured pages of our website.
When we receive emails, we will retain the content of the email and our response to you where we consider it
necessary to do so.
Your email address will only be used or disclosed for the purpose for which is was provided. It will not be added to
any mailing lists or used for any other purpose without your consent.
We make reasonable efforts to ensure that the most up-to-date security measures are used on our website to
protect your personal information. Any data containing personal information which we transmit via the internet is
encrypted. However, we cannot guarantee that any information transmitted via the internet by us, or you, is entirely
secure. You use our website at your own risk.
Links on our website
to external websites. If you wish to find out how any third parties handle your personal information, you will need
9. Marketing and News
We may use your personal information, including your contact details, to provide you with information about
products and services, including those of third parties, which we consider may be of interest to you. We may do
this, even if you are on the Do Not Call Register.
We may also provide your details to other organisations for specific marketing purposes, including to build a profile
of your consumer behaviour.
When you sign up for our Newsletter feature, you will disclose your personal information to us. By doing this, you
consent to providing us with your personal information for the purposes of providing you with regular updates about
the Studco business and marketing our products to you on an ad hoc basis.
You may opt out at any time if you no longer wish to receive marketing information. In order to do so, you will need
to request that we no longer send marketing materials to you or disclose your information to other organisations
for marketing purposes. You can make this request by using the contact details provided above, or by
“unsubscribing” from email or other marketing messages.