Our privacy statement below, outlines how GESB protects the privacy of your personal information and explains our approach towards the collection of personal information.
Your personal information
GESB holds and uses information about each member. This typically includes your name, address, date of birth, gender, salary, tax file number and any other required information. This information is needed to:
Maintain your records for identification purposes in our system
Properly manage superannuation schemes administered by GESB on behalf of the members in those schemes.
Information regarding your health may also be collected for determining the appropriate benefit classification for you to obtain death or disability insurance cover from an insurer, or to process a disability claim.
If you visit the GESB website we may collect the following information for statistical purposes only:
Your server address
Your top level domain name (eg .com .gov .au .uk, etc.)
The date and time of your visit to the website
The pages that you accessed and the documents you downloaded
The previous site you visited
The type of browser you use.
We will make no attempt to identify you or your browsing activities beyond these details. The only exception is instances where your consent is given, or there is a legal requirement for us to do so.
How we collect personal information
We usually collect information directly from you or from another relevant source with your consent. This can include:
Medical Practitioners for health information in connection with an insurance application or disability claim
Your employer and salary package provider (if you are employed) for details relating to your employment status or contributions made by you or your employer
We may not be able to provide you with superannuation benefits if:
You decide not to provide the requested information
You do not allow your employer or salary packaging provider (if you are employed) to provide the requested information
You are not able to be contacted when needed.
This may often result in you having to pay more tax, and if the information is related to your health, it may limit the level of death and disability benefits available to you through the trustee or responsible entity.
How we disclose your personal information
There are instances where your personal information may be transferred or handled by others. This can occur due to some of our functions being outsourced to other organisation, or in the cases where we are required to provide information to various government agencies. To assist in the administration of your superannuation interests managed by GESB, or otherwise where required by law, your personal information may be transferred to or handled by:
Any party engaged by GESB to provide administration services in relation to management of your superannuation interests and who GESB is satisfied complies with the NPPs in relation to the handling of your personal information
Commonwealth Government bodies such as:
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Australian Taxation Office
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission
The Superannuation Complaints Tribunal
In the case of schemes under the State Superannuation Act 2000, Western Australia State Government Bodies such as:
The Department of Treasury
The Office of the Auditor General
The Corruption and Crime Commission
GESB's legal, medical and other professional advisers (including research companies)
Other business support providers, including document storage, distribution, printing and collating companies.
Other instances where your personal information may be shared include:
If you wish to transfer your superannuation to another fund, your personal information may be provided to your nominated fund.
If you are employed, your employer may request your personal information to facilitate the provision of benefits in the ordinary course of your employment.
All of our employees are trained to treat all member and customer information with the utmost confidentiality, so you can be sure we do not sell or rent out any of your personal information. We also protect the security of your information in accordance with all applicable regulatory requirements and industry practice standards.
Help us to ensure we hold accurate information
In addition to the security of your personal information, we also take all reasonable precautions to ensure that the information we use and disclose is accurate, complete and up-to-date. You can ensure our information is up to date by:
Letting us know if there are any errors in your personal information
Keeping us up-to-date with changes to your personal information (eg name, address, etc.).
You can access your personal information
To ensure your information is always up-to-date and accurate, we encourage you to access your personal information regularly, or when there has been a recent change, and inform GESB if any information is incorrect. You can do this by simply examining the information on your member statement or checking your details on Member Online. You can enter the Member Online section of the GESB website to access and update your contact details and member profile.
There are some circumstances where you may be denied access to your personal information. This can include the following instances:
If the information is used in confidential trustee/ responsible entity decisions, or a commercially sensitive decision making process
If the privacy of others might be breached if the information is accessed
If the law requires that you are denied access.
Under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act 2006, superannuation funds are required to identify, monitor and mitigate the risk that the fund may be used for laundering money or funding terrorism activities. You may therefore be required to provide proof of your identity before withdrawing a benefit from a fund.
GESB's website and Member Online uses persistent cookies, which remain on your equipment until you erase them or they expire. They enable us to remember you on subsequent visits and enhance your experience of the services or functions offered. They cannot be used to access your accounts or personal details. You can modify your personal computer settings at any time to prevent cookies from being stored.
If you have a complaint in relation to the privacy of your personal information you should contact your Member Services Centre on 13 43 72. We will make every effort to resolve your complaint internally.