Effective Date: March 2018
1. About us
The AGL Group provides a wide range of energy and energy-related, products and services. This policy describes how we handle your personal information.
The AGL Group (AGL Energy Limited and its related companies) provides gas, electricity and other energy-related products and services.
This policy describes how the AGL Group handles your personal information. You can find out more about the AGL Group on our website.
2. Your privacy is important to us
We keep your information safe. We aim to be clear and open about what we do with it.
We understand that your privacy is important to you, and we value your trust. That’s why we protect your information and aim to be clear and open about what we do with it.
This policy describes how we handle your personal information – that is, information that identifies you or can be reasonably linked to your identity. When we collect this information, we follow the obligations set out in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).
We describe how we handle credit reporting information in our Credit Reporting Policy.
3. What information do we collect?
We collect information about you when you interact with us. We may also collect information about you from other people and organisations.
We only collect your personal information when we need it to provide our products and services or to comply with the law. The kinds of information that we collect depends on how you interact with us. Here are some examples.
Information we collect from you
We collect the name and contact details (landline, mobile, email) of our customers and their authorised representatives as well as shareholders, business contacts, job applicants and contractors and others. We may also collect:
- If you are a customer: Your date of birth, address (supply and mailing if different), concession details (where applicable), other forms of identification (such as driver’s licence or passport), payment details, ABN (if applicable) and information about your use of our products and services including energy usage and production information. For example, how much energy you use and when you use it. We may also collect information about appliances used and the timing and efficiency of use where you have sensors or other technology installed.
- If you are an authorised representative on another person’s account: first name, last name, date of birth, telephone number, address and the relationship with our customer.
- If you are a shareholder: Your tax file number, if you provide it.
- If you apply for a job with us: Information that you provide about your right to work, employment history, qualifications and ability.
If you give us personal information about other people, we will assume that they have agreed that you can do this.
Information we collect from others
- When you get a quote to apply to open an account with us: Your credit history information.
- When you use our websites mobile apps and platforms: Your IP address, device identifiers and information about how you use our websites. We use web analytics services to do this, including Google Analytics, Google AdSense, DoubleClick, Adobe or Microsoft.
- When you participate in market research about us: Information about you and your responses from the service provider that conducted the research.
- When you engage with our sales partners: Your name, address and contact details, so we can contact you about products you may be interested in.
- If you are a business contact for our customers or service providers: Your name, job title and contact details.
- If you are a shareholder: To comply with the law and manage your shares in AGL, we may collect details about your investment from our shareholder register service provider. You can find more information on our Shareholder Services page on our website.
- If you apply for a job with us: Professional background, qualifications and memberships, and references from your former employers. Where it is relevant to the role, we may also collect screening check information (such as background, medical, drugs and alcohol, criminal records, bankruptcy, directorship and company checks), and abilities testing, including psychometric testing.
The Privacy Act protects your sensitive information, such as information about your health or ethnicity. Where we need this information for your account (for example, to ensure continuous service to your property or to assist with translation services), we’ll ask for your permission — except where otherwise allowed by law.
4. How do we use your information?
We use your information to deliver our products and services, manage our business and comply with the law. We also use your information for other reasons, such as to better understand you and your needs.
We collect and use your information so we can:
- confirm your identity
- provide you with the products and services that you have asked for
- handle payments and refunds
- communicate with you about your account
- respond to applications, questions, requests or complaints that you have made to us
- improve customer experience and do market research
- if you are a shareholder, manage your shareholding
- if you have applied to work with us, assess your application
- investigate possible fraud and illegal activity
- comply with laws, including assisting government agencies and law enforcement investigations, and
- manage our business.
If we don’t have your personal information, we may not be able to do these things. For example, we may not be able to deliver the products or services you have asked for, or respond to your questions.
We may also use your personal information to tell you about products or services that we think you might be interested in. We may send you marketing messages in various ways, including by mail, email, telephone, SMS, and advertising through our apps, websites, or third-party websites.
If you tell us how you would prefer to be contacted, we will contact you in that way where we can.
If you don’t want to receive direct marketing messages, you can opt out:
- by filling out a Do Not Contact form on our website
- by contacting our Customer Solutions Team (call 131 245, or see section 9 below), or
- by following the instructions in any marketing communication you receive from us (for example, using the ‘unsubscribe’ link in an email or responding to an SMS as instructed)
Please note that we may still send you important administrative and safety messages even if you opt out of receiving marketing communications.
Using data to give you better service
We’re always working to develop and improve our products and services, and ensure that they better meet your needs.
New technologies let us combine information we have about our customers and users with data from other sources, such as third-party websites or the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
We also collect information about people that does not identify them such as website and advertising analytics, and data from service providers.
We analyse this data to help us learn more about our customers and improve our products and services. Where we work with partners or service providers to do this, we do not pass on personal information about you.
5. Who do we share your information with?
We share your information for the purposes set out in section 4, with our service providers, and to comply with the law. When we do this, we take steps to keep your information safe.
We share your personal information with other people and companies where we need to for the purposes set out in section 4. This includes sharing:
- with our installation and maintenance partners, so they can make installations and maintain products and services that we offer
- with other energy companies and other companies that help us deliver our products and services, or to migrate your service if you change energy providers
- with credit reporting agencies to process new applications
- with insurance investigators
- with people that you have asked us to give your information to, such as your authorised representatives or legal advisors
- if you have applied to work with us, with your previous employers to confirm your work history
- to comply with laws, and assist government agencies and law enforcement.
We also share personal information with people and organisations that help us with our business, such as professional advisors, IT support, and corporate and administrative services including debt collectors. We only do this where it’s needed for those services to be provided to us. When we do this, we take steps to require our service providers to protect your information.
Sending personal information overseas
Some of our service providers are located or operate outside of Australia. Where we need to, we send them information so that they can provide us services. The countries where our service providers may be located are India, Indonesia, Fiji, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, the USA and some member states within the European Union.
6. Keeping your information safe
We train our staff in how to keep your information safe and secure. We use secure systems and environments to hold your information. We only keep your information for as long as we need it.
We store the information we collect in secure buildings and systems, or using trusted service providers. Here are some examples of the things we do to protect your information.
|Staff obligations and training||We train our staff in how to keep your information safe and secure.
Our staff are required to keep your information secure at all times, and are bound by internal processes and policies that confirm this.
Access to personal information is controlled through access and identity management systems.
|System security||We take steps in accordance with the Guide to Securing Personal Information published by the Office of the Information Commissioner, to secure our systems and the Personal Information we collect.
We also share non-personal information about how people use our websites with security service providers to ensure that our websites are protected.
|Services providers and overseas transfers||When we send information overseas or use service providers that handle or store data, we require them to take steps to keep your information safe and use it appropriately.|
|Building security||We use a mix of ID cards, alarms, cameras, guards and other controls to protect our offices and buildings.|
|Destroying or de-identifying data when no longer required||We aim to keep personal information only for as long as we need for our business or to comply with the law.
When we no longer need personal information, we take reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify it.
7. Accessing, updating and correcting your information
You can ask to see a copy of the personal information that we hold about you, or ask us to update or correct it.
You can ask us for a copy of the personal information that we hold about you by contacting us. Before we give you your information, we will need to confirm your identity.
If you use My Account, you can also log in to access your billing information and update your contact and payment details. To access other information, you may need to contact us.
How can you contact us?
See section 9 for details on how you can contact us.
How long will it take?
We try to make your information available within 30 days after you ask us for it. If it will take longer, we’ll let you know.
Can we refuse to give you access?
In some cases, we can refuse access or only give you access to certain information. For example, we’re not able to let you see information that is commercially sensitive. If we do this, we’ll write to you explaining our decision.
Can you correct or update your information?
You can ask us to correct or update any of your personal information that we have. If we’ve given the information to another party, you can ask us to let them know it’s incorrect.
If we don’t think the information needs to be corrected, we’ll let you know why. You can ask us to include a statement that says you believe our record about you is inaccurate, incomplete, misleading or out of date.
8. Making a privacy complaint
If you’re concerned about how we’ve handled your information, let us know and we’ll try to fix it. If you’re not satisfied with how we handled your complaint, you can contact the Australian Privacy Commissioner.
How can you make a privacy complaint?
If you are concerned about your privacy or how we’ve handled your personal information, you can make a complaint and we’ll try to fix it. See section 9 for details on how you can contact us.
You can read more about how we handle complaints on the ‘Our Commitments’ page on our website. You can also read our Complaints and Dispute Resolution Policy.
How do we manage privacy complaints?
- keep a record of your complaint
- respond to you about your complaint and let you know how we will try to resolve it and how long that may take.
What else can you do?
If you’re not satisfied with how we have managed your privacy complaint, you can contact your local Ombudsman at any time for advice or to make a complaint. The Ombudsman is independent, and their services are free.
You can contact the Energy and Water Ombudsman in your state via the details below.
Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW
Reply Paid 86550,
Sydney South NSW 1234
|Online complaint form
Phone:1800 246 545
|Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria
Reply Paid 469
Melbourne VIC 8060
|Online complaint form
Phone:1800 500 509
|Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland
PO Box 3640
South Brisbane BC Qld 4101
|Online complaint form
Phone:1800 662 837
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Energy and Water Ombudsman South Australia
GPO Box 2947
Adelaide SA 5001
|Online complaint form
Phone:1800 665 565
|Energy and Water Ombudsman Western Australia
PO Box Z5386
St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6831
|Phone:1800 754 004
You can also complain to the Australian Privacy Commissioner who can be found at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).
To ask us a question, access your personal information, request a correction to your personal information, make a complaint, or get a printed copy of this policy, you can use our online enquiry form. Or you can contact our Customer Solutions team.
If you need to contact us about something else, you can find out how on the Contact us page on our website.