Strategic Financial Solutions Pty Ltd is committed to providing you with the highest levels of client service. We recognise that your privacy is very important to you. The Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act, 2000 sets out a number of National Privacy Principles (NPPs). The new privacy requirements were introduced to increase the privacy rights of the public. Strategic Financial Solutions Pty Ltd will support the new requirements and comply with them fully. Further information regarding privacy may be obtained by visiting the website of the Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner at www.privacy.gov.au.
Strategic Financial Solutions Pty Ltd is required to meet particular legislative and regulatory requirements. In order to provide comprehensive financial planning advice to you, we are required to collect certain personal information from you.
Your Personal Information
Personal information held by Strategic Financial Solutions Pty Ltd may include the following:
Your name, date of birth, current addresses, telephone/mobile/fax numbers, e-mail address;
Information regarding your dependents and family commitments;
Your occupation, employment history and details, family commitments and social security eligibility;
Your financial needs and objectives;
Your assets and liabilities (current and future), income, expenses;
Your superannuation and insurance details;
Your social security entitlements; and
Your risk profile details.
If you choose not to provide certain personal information or provide incorrect information, the advice and/or recommendations may be inappropriate or inadequate.
How we collect your personal information
Strategic Financial Solutions Pty Ltd collects personal information in a number of ways, including:
Directly from you, when you attend a face-to face interview;
Directly from you, when you provide information through a data collection form;
Directly from you, when you provide information by phone;
Directly from you via an email or the internet;
Directly from fund managers, superannuation funds, life insurance companies and other product issuers once authorisation has been provided by you; and
Directly from our referral partners (only name and phone number) only after referral partner has authorisation from you
How we use your personal information
Primarily, your personal information is used in order to provide comprehensive and/or limited financial planning services to you.
From time to time, we may provide you with direct marketing material. This will include articles, questionnaires and newsletters that may be of interest to you. If, at any time, you do not wish to receive this information any further, you may contact us with this request. We will endeavour to meet your request within two (2) weeks.
When do we disclose your personal information
As a Principal Member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia, we are required to meet a level of professional standards. From time to time, we may need to provide the Association with access to your personal information to ensure that we are meeting our compliance requirements.
The Corporations Act has provided the Australian Securities and Investments Commission with the authority to inspect certain personal information that is kept on our files about you.
For the purposes set out above, we may disclose your personal information to organisations outside Strategic Financial Solutions Pty Ltd. The organisations to which we disclose information may include:
Superannuation fund trustees, insurance providers, fund managers and other product providers in order to implement your financial plan/recommendations;
Compliance consultants to ensure that our representatives are meeting our compliance standards;
Temporary staff to handle workloads during peak periods;
Professional advisers, including your solicitor or accountant as authorised by you;
Information technology service providers to manage our IT systems;
Government and regulatory authorities and other organisations, as required or authorised by law;
Another authorised representative of Strategic Financial Solutions Pty Ltd if necessary;
A potential purchaser/organisation involved in the proposed sale of our business for the purpose of due diligence; and
A new owner of our business that will require the transfer of your personal information.
In addition, our employees and the outsourcing companies/contractors are obliged to respect the confidentiality of any personal information held by Strategic Financial Solutions Pty Ltd.
How we store and secure your personal information
We keep your personal information in your client file. These files are accessible to authorised personnel only and are appropriately secured out of hours.
Your personal information may also be held on our computer database. All computer-based information is protected through the use of access passwords. Data is backed up regularly and stored securely off site.
It is a legislative requirement that we keep all personal information and records for a period of 7 years. Therefore, if you are no longer a client of Strategic Financial Solutions Pty Ltd, we will maintain your personal information on or off site in a secure manner for 7 years. After this, we will ensure it is destroyed in a secure manner.
Ensure your personal information is correct
Strategic Financial Solutions Pty Ltd takes all reasonable precautions to ensure that the personal information we collect, use and disclose is accurate, complete and up-to-date. To ensure we can maintain this level of accuracy and completeness, we recommend that you:
Update us with any changes to your personal information as soon as possible.
Access to your personal information
You have a right to access your personal information, subject to certain exceptions allowed by law. We ask that you provide your request for access in writing (for security reasons) and we will (subject to certain exceptions) provide you with access to that personal information. Access to the requested personal information may include:
Providing you with copies;
Providing you with the opportunity for inspection; or
Providing you with a summary
Please contact our Privacy Officer if you wish to complain about any breach or potential breach of your privacy rights. Your complaint will be responded to within 24 hours. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint, you are entitled to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.
Privacy Officer: Kay Aarons
Address: Level 7, 20-22 Albert Road, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Telephone: 03 9690 4622
Facsimile: 03 9690 4922