At St.George your privacy is important to us. We comply with the National Privacy Principles as well as our obligations of confidentiality, the Code of Banking Practice and the credit provider provisions in the Privacy Act.
When you apply for a new product or service, the application form includes notices about privacy and requests for consent. Those privacy notices (called privacy statements) specify in more detail how any information about you may be used and disclosed in relation to the particular product or service.
When you apply for or use one of our products or services, you consent to us collecting, maintaining, using and disclosing personal information about you and provided by you or by another person in accordance with the privacy statement in the application form and this policy.
The types of information we keep on record will depend on the type of product or service requested by you.
Generally, we keep a record of one or more of the following types of information about you:
We do not actively seek to collect sensitive information (for example health information or information about your racial or ethnic origin or any criminal record), unless it is necessary for our business purposes. If we do have to collect sensitive information, we will do so in accordance with the National Privacy Principles.
Sometimes we act as an agent for others when collecting information about you, such as for our preferred insurance companies. We will tell you when we do this.
During the course of our relationship with you, we may gather information about you relating to all products and services that we or other members of the Westpac Group or our preferred suppliers provide to you. This information is used to help us form views about how we can improve our relationship with you.
We collect and hold information about you when you:
When you use our "Send to Friend" email service or post a link to our website on Facebook or Twitter, we will not collect or hold any information you enter.
We also collect some statistical information about visitors to our website (for example, the number of visitors, pages viewed, types of transactions conducted, time online and documents downloaded). Some of this statistical information is collected by using cookies, but none of the data we collect allows us to identify a visitor. We use this information to evaluate our website performance and continually improve our services.
Other than statistical information, we do not collect any information about you through our website unless you provide the information to us.
Generally, we only collect personal information about you from you, unless it is not reasonable or practical for us to do so or you consent. For example, you may authorise us to collect information from a third party, like your employer to confirm your income details, or we may engage an agent, such as a mortgage broker, to collect information on our behalf, or you may be named as a referee or beneficiary in another application for one of our products or services. We may also collect information about you from other members of the Westpac Group or from publicly available sources such as company registers or land title registries.
We use your personal information to:
When we request your information we may give more specific details about the way we use your information.
Usually we must get your consent before we tell anyone about you, your accounts or your credit information. You can give us your consent expressly or it may be implied by your conduct.
Sometimes the law requires us to give out information about you. For example, we must tell the Australian Tax Office how much interest we pay you. Another example is giving your account details to a court if we are ordered to do so under a subpoena.
Depending on the product or service that we provide to you, if it is necessary we may also disclose your personal information to:
We will not disclose your health information or information about your medical history unless you tell us to.
We may at other times give you more details about our disclosure practices in relation to specific products or services - for example on the forms we use to collect personal information about you.
Your personal information may also be used by St.George or other members of the Westpac Group to help assess your total relationship and product holding within the Westpac Group, analyse products and services, evaluate the needs of our customers and develop new products.
We may also provide access to your personal information to members of the Westpac Group to inform you of products and services offered by any member of the Westpac Group or preferred organisations which we think may be of interest or value to you. If you tell us or have previously told us that you do not wish to receive such information, then it will not be sent to you. Your health information or information about your medical history will not be disclosed to other members of the Westpac Group for this purpose.
We take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
We provide the maximum level of security when you use our online products and services. Please view more information about our security.
We have physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your information which is held by us. For example, your personal information is stored in secured office premises, in electronic databases requiring logins and passwords for access and/or at one of our secured warehouses. Access to information stored electronically is restricted to staff whose job purpose requires access. We require all staff to maintain the confidentiality of customer information.
Any visitor, for any purpose, to any part of our premises in which customer personal information is kept is required to register with a security desk or be accompanied by a member of staff while in the premises.
We use secure methods to destroy or de-identify any personal information as soon as the law permits, provided the information is no longer needed by us for any purpose. Ordinarily, for information about a particular account, we destroy the information seven years from the date you close the account.
You need not give us any of the personal information about you or any other person which may be requested in our communications with you. However, without that information, we may not be able to process an application, fulfil your request or provide you with an appropriate level of service.
If you do not want the benefit of receiving information, special offers or exclusive opportunities about products and services (which may be supplied by us or any member of the Westpac Group or its preferred suppliers) which we think may be of interest or value to you, then please tell us. You can do this at any time by writing to us or telephoning us at the contact details listed on our contact us page or, if you are an Internet Banking customer, contacting us by email when you are using that service.
You can request access at any time to personal information we hold about you. We will process your request within a reasonable time, usually 14 days for a straightforward request. More time may be needed, depending on the nature of the request.
There is no fee for requesting access to your information, however we may charge you the reasonable cost of processing your request.
Sometimes we are not required to provide you with access - for example, if the law says we can deny access. If we refuse you access to your personal information, we will tell you the reason why. If we are not required to provide you with access to the information requested, we will consider, if reasonable, whether the use of a mutually agreed intermediary would allow sufficient access to meet your needs and ours.
We try to ensure that all information we hold about you which we collect, use or disclose is accurate, complete and up to date. You must promptly notify us if there are any changes to your personal information.
You may ask us at any time to correct personal information held by us about you, which you believe is incorrect or out of date. We will deal with your request within a reasonable time.
If we disagree as to the accuracy of the information, you may request that we attach a statement to that information noting that you consider it is not accurate, complete or up to date.
If there is anything you would like to discuss, please contact us.
St.George Bank – A Division of Westpac Banking Corporation
ABN 33 007 457 141
Address: 4-16 Montgomery St Kogarah NSW 2217
Locked Bag 1 Kogarah NSW 1485
Phone:13 33 30
We will try to answer any questions you may have, correct any error on our part or resolve any complaint that you may have about our information handling practices. If we do not resolve a complaint to your satisfaction, you also have the right to complain to the Privacy Commissioner or the Financial Ombudsman Service. We will provide you with their contact details if required.