If you are outside the EU and not otherwise interacting with an MLA office in the EU, then by visiting MLA’s or ISC’s websites or providing MLA Group with your personal information, you consent to your personal information being collected, stored, used and disclosed as set out in this policy.
The personal information which MLA Group collects and holds will depend on the nature of your interaction with us but generally includes your name, contact details (such as your phone number, address and email address) and general information about your livestock and business operations. It may also include credit card details if you are purchasing a product, your frequent flyer details, travel insurance details, dietary requirements or information from your résumé if we require these details for an event or for responding to a job application. We will ordinarily identify at the time of collecting your personal information which elements we require to facilitate your interaction with MLA Group.
You may be able to deal with MLA Group without identifying yourself (ie anonymously or by using a pseudonym) in certain circumstances, such as when you make a general enquiry about MLA Group or its programs. If you wish to do so, please contact us to find out if this is practicable in your circumstances.
ISC administers the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program and Livestock Data Link (LDL). NLIS is Australia’s system for livestock identification and traceability. The LPA program is the Australian livestock industry’s on-farm food safety program. LDL is a carcase feedback and reporting system designed to, among other things: (i) calculate carcase compliance; (ii) enable performance benchmarking within a herd, and at a regional, State and National level; and (iii) provide a library of solutions on how to address carcase compliance issues on farm.
MLA Group generally only collects personal information if you choose to provide it yourself, for example in person, over the telephone, by post or email, via MLA’s or ISC’s website or by completing online or hard copy forms. However, there may be occasions when MLA Group collects your personal information from someone else, such as when we engage a third party to assist us with membership drives or when we jointly conduct a program or event with other Research and Development Corporations or consultants.
MLA and ISC also automatically collect certain information when you visit MLA’s or ISC’s websites. Such information includes your browser type, server address, operating system type, your IP address, how and when you use the MLA or ISC websites and previous websites visited. MLA and ISC use this information on an anonymous basis and do not use it to personally identify you unless required to do so by law.
You do not have to provide your personal information to MLA Group but, if you do not provide the information requested, MLA Group may not be able to manage your membership or provide you with its products and services.
MLA Group uses the personal information that it collects for the purposes for which it was provided to MLA Group, to carry out MLA Group’s business purposes (which are detailed generally on MLA’s or ISC’s websites or are otherwise obvious at the time MLA Group collects it), to fulfil MLA Group’s legal obligations, other related purposes or as permitted or required by law. Where MLA, MDC or ISC documents request personal information, MLA Group will state the general purposes for its use and to whom it may be disclosed, and the main consequences, if any, if the information is not provided. MLA Group’s general purposes may include:
(a) providing products and services that you have requested and responding to your enquiries;
(b) administering MLA Group’s programs and dealing with stakeholders;
(c) keeping MLA’s or ISC’s members, levy payers and relevant members of the public informed of MLA’s or ISC’s business, the products and services that it provides and issues relating to the red meat and livestock industry;
(d) conducting specific projects in which you have chosen to participate;
(e) administering competitions;
(f) administering events;
(g) including your details in publicly available databases on the MLA or ISC website;
(h) managing your membership with MLA Group and reviewing your Levies Notice in relation to MLA’s annual general meeting;
(i) where you have provided consent, sending marketing material that MLA Group considers will be useful. If MLA or ISC is notified that a person does not wish to receive such information, it will not send it to that person. This does not apply to information that we are legally required to send;
(j) complying with legal requirements;
(k) in the case of NLIS Personal Information, administration of the NLIS;
(l) in the case of LPA Personal Information, administration of the LPA and for the purposes of NLIS and LDL; and
(m) in the case of LDL Personal Information, administration of the LDL.
Where MLA or ISC requests personal information, MLA or ISC will state the general purposes for its use.
Generally, MLA Group will obtain consent before it discloses any personal information other than as specified in this policy. Such consent may be given expressly or it may be implied by conduct.
Some of the information that you provide to us will be published in documents or databases that will be readily accessible to the public or made available to the public on request. This includes information contained in the register of members and information about voting entitlements (derived from levies notices). Another example is where you are involved in the export of meat, MLA may include your personal information (such as contact details) in MLA’s Australian Red Meat Exporter Database, which is publicly available on MLA’s website.
Additionally, ISC discloses:
Depending on the product or service, your personal information may be disclosed to:
(a) MLA Group’s related entities, international offices and representatives for the purpose of MLA Group’s business only;
(b) external service providers (on a confidential basis and only where such service providers will be limited in their use of the information to the purpose of MLA Group’s business only). In particular, MLA Group’s database of members is maintained on a server operated by a third party, under contractual obligations of confidence;
(c) specialist advisers to MLA Group who have been engaged to provide MLA Group with legal, administrative, financial, insurance, research, marketing or other services; and
(d) any other person authorised, implicitly or expressly, when the personal information is provided to or collected by MLA Group.
MLA Group may also publish its disclosure practices in relation to specific products or services that it provides.
Some of MLA Group’s related entities, international offices and representatives to whom it may disclose your personal information are located overseas, in regions such as the European Union and countries such as the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Russia, the Philippines, India, Malaysia and Vietnam.
MLA Group takes reasonable steps to protect personal information it holds from misuse, loss and interference and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
MLA Group does not generally collect any sensitive information as that term is used in the privacy legislation (including information relating to racial or ethnic origin, membership of political bodies, religion or trade unions, sexual preferences or activities, criminal record, state of health or medical history). MLA Group will only collect sensitive information where required by law or with consent. If MLA Group holds any sensitive information, that information will only be used and disclosed by MLA Group for the purpose for which it was provided.
If MLA Group asks for sensitive information, MLA Group will explain the reason for this request.
A person may request access to personal information that MLA Group holds about them by contacting MLA, MDC or ISC using the contact details below. MLA, MDC and ISC will process such requests within a reasonable time and may charge a fee for providing access to cover the costs of verifying the application and retrieving the information requested. If MLA, MDC or ISC denies an access request, it will provide reasons for doing so.
MLA Group will take reasonable steps to ensure the personal information it holds is accurate, complete and up to date.
MLA Group should be promptly notified if there are any changes to an individual’s personal information by contacting MLA, MDC or ISC using the contact details below. A person may ask MLA Group at any time to correct personal information held by it about them. On request, MLA, MDC or ISC will take reasonable steps to correct the information so that it is accurate, complete and up to date, or will provide reasons for not doing so.
If you wish to make a complaint about a breach of this policy or the Australian Privacy Principles set out in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), you can contact MLA Group using the contact details below. You will need to provide sufficient details regarding your complaint as well as any supporting evidence and information.
MLA Group will refer your complaint to its Privacy Officer who will investigate the issue and determine the steps that MLA Group will undertake to resolve your complaint. MLA Group will contact you if it requires any further information from you and will notify you in writing of the outcome of the investigation. If you are not satisfied with MLA Group’s determination, you can contact MLA Group to discuss your concerns or contact the Australian Privacy Commissioner via www.oaic.gov.au.
MLA Group may amend this policy from time to time, and the amended policy will be published on MLA’s or ISC’s website. Please review MLA’s and ISC’s websites periodically for changes to this policy. Your continued use of MLA’s or ISC’s website or services or provision of further personal information to MLA Group once this policy has been amended constitutes your acceptance of the amended policy.
If you have any questions or concerns about this policy or MLA Group’s privacy practices, please contact MLA Group by calling 1800 023 100 for MLA or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.