Privacy Policy

This Privacy Statement applies to all Leeton Shire Council (LSC) websites, electronic direct mail and online services. Council does not have any responsibility for the privacy policies or practices of third party sites linked to/from the Leeton Shire Council website.

Users of Leeton Shire Council's websites and online services are entitled to expect that any information collected as a result of that use will be treated within the terms of Leeton Shire Council's privacy responsibilities and obligations. Leeton Shire Council's privacy practices are regulated by the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

1. What information do we collect?

When you look at pages on Leeton Shire Council's websites and online services, our computers 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 website
  • The pages accessed and documents downloaded
  • The previous website visited
  • The type of browser, device and operating system you have used

2. Website Analytics

To improve your experience on our site, we may use 'cookies'. Cookies are an industry standard and most major web sites use them. A cookie is a small text file that our site may place on your computer as a tool to remember your preferences. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Our websites and online services may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. When you go to other websites from here, we advise you to be aware and read the relevant privacy policy.

Our websites use Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and web page usage.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google's Privacy Policy and for the purposes set out above. You can opt out of Google Analytics if you disable or refuse the cookie, disable JavaScript, or use the opt-out service provided by Google.

The site also uses interfaces with social media sites such as Facebook, Linkedln, Twitter and others. If you choose to 'like' or 'share' information from this website through these services, you should review the privacy policy of that service. If you are a member of a social media site, the interfaces may allow the social media site to connect your visits to this site with other Personal Information.

3. 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 Council to identify usage patterns of the website. This information will assist in improving Leeton Shire Council's websites and services.

Council 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.

4. What exceptions are there to this rule?

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

  • Unauthorised attempts to access files which are not published on Leeton Shire Council pages
  • Unauthorised tampering or interference with files published on Leeton Shire Council's websites
  • Unauthorised attempts to index the contents of Leeton Shire Council's websites by other websites
  • Attempts to intercept messages of other users of Leeton Shire Council's websites
  • Communications which are defamatory, abusive, vilify individuals or groups or which give rise to a suspicion that an offence is being committed
  • 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 enjoyment of Leeton Shire Council's websites by other users

Council reserves the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of Leeton Shire Council's websites raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed.

In the event of an investigation, Council will provide access to data to any law enforcement agency that may exercise a warrant to inspect our logs.

5. Is the information stored securely?

Yes. Information collected is stored in an appropriately secure format and held by Council for archival purposes. When the information is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected it is deleted.

6. Forms

The purpose of collecting form information is to enable Council to process your request. We will not be able to process your request if you do not provide the information. Forms will be stored electronically in Council's electronic document management system. Access to information provided is limited to LSC officers and third parties which require the information to deliver the requested service. Members of the public will not be provided with access to the personal details contained on Council forms.

7. What will we do with information provided in Feedback?

Feedback facilities on Leeton Shire Council's websites allow users to provide input into the future development of websites and other services and to comment on the provision of services by Leeton Shire Council.

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. Leeton Shire Council will not add your email address or name to any mailing list.

Council may publish aggregated information about feedback on the website, to the extent that it does not identify or cannot be used to identify individual users.

8. Who else has access to information?

Council captures information on its own computers. Access to the raw data is restricted to a limited number of officers for the purpose of analysis and to report on the success of the Leeton Shire Council website in meeting the Council communication and access objectives.

9. Subscribing to receive email updates

If you choose to subscribe to one of Council's regular email newsletters, your personal details will be stored by our emailing service provider. The Privacy Policy of the provider of email services can be found here. You can elect to unsubscribe from the newsletters at any time. Council will send you the relevant email newsletters and other important communication.

10. Google translate

The Google Translate functionality is provided by Google and thus subject to their Privacy policy and Data usage guidelines.

11. Questions regarding this practice

If you have any questions about the application of this Privacy Practice please contact Leeton Shire Council's Customer Service Department.

Last Updated: 24 July 2023