Privacy Statement

Welcome to the Mine Safety Advisory Council website. 

What information do we collect?

When you look at the pages on the Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) website, we automatically record information that identifies, for each page accessed:

  • The IP (Internet Protocol) address of the machine which has accessed it
  • Your top-level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc.)
  • The address of your server
  • The date and time of your visit to the site
  • The pages accessed and documents downloaded
  • The previous site visited and
  • The type of browser and operating system you have used.

Cookies are not used from the MSAC website to collect information.

How do we use the information collected?

The information collected during each visit is aggregated with similar logged information and published in reports in order for the MSAC to identify patterns of usage of the sites. This will assist us in improving the MSAC website and the services offered on it.
The MSAC will not disclose or publish information that identifies individual machines, or potentially identifies sub-groupings of addresses, without consent or otherwise in accordance with the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

What exceptions are there to this rule?

The MSAC will collect, use and disclose more extensive information than stated above in the following circumstances:

  • Unauthorised attempts to access files which are not published MSAC pages
  • Unauthorised tampering or interference with files published on the MSAC sites
  • Unauthorised attempts to index the contents of the MSAC sites by other sites
  • Attempts to intercept messages of other users of the MSAC sites
  • Communications which are defamatory, abusive, vilify individuals or groups or which give rise to a suspicion that an offence is being committed and
  • Attempts to otherwise compromise the security of the web server, breach the laws of the State of New South Wales or Commonwealth of Australia, or interfere with the use of the MSAC sites by other users

The MSAC reserves the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of the MSAC site raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed.  In the event of an investigation, the MSAC will provide access to data to any law enforcement agency that may exercise a warrant to inspect our logs.

The MSAC may initiate proceedings in relation to any loss or damage suffered as a result of unauthorised use of information or any of the above circumstances.

Disclosure may also occur where it is lawfully authorised or required under any act, other law or statutory agency or foreign body.

What will we do with information provided in Feedback?

The provision of personal details on feedback is optional.
Users may provide personal details for the purpose of receiving a reply to their feedback. This information will only be used for the purpose for which it was provided. We will not add your email address or name to any mailing list.
The MSAC may publish aggregated information about feedback on the site, to the extent that it does not identify or cannot be used to identify individual users.

What about email?

Email addresses are recorded when an email message is sent to the msac [dot] secretariat [at] industr [dot] nsw [dot] gov [dot] au address. These email addresses are stored electronically in accordance with standards and authorities under the New South Wales State Records Act 1998. An email address is only used for the purpose for which it is provided and is not added to any mailing list or disclosed to other organisations unless you request this to be done.

You can obtain more information on Australia's approach to privacy from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's website.