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POLICY ON PRIVACY, DIGNITY AND CONFIDENTIALITY

1. BACKGROUND

EDGE Employment Solutions is a non-profit organisation established for the purpose of assisting people with disability to establish careers of their choosing in open employment.

Work practices focus on assisting people with disability to obtain and maintain employment. The development, implementation and monitoring of work practices is achieved through consultation with employees, job seekers, workers, their families, employers and other stakeholders. Ultimately, service delivery is dependent on funding from external sources, primarily the Federal Government.

2. PURPOSE AND SCOPE

The purpose of this policy is to establish standards of privacy, dignity and confidentiality in the agency’s dealings with prospective, current and past users of EDGE Employment Solutions’ services. The policy has been framed around individuals’ rights as they are specified in the Freedom of Information Act (1982), the Privacy Act (1988), the National Privacy Principles, the Information Privacy Principles, the Approved Privacy Code, the Disability Services Act (1986) and the associated Disability Services Standards.

3. OBJECTIVES

The primary objectives of this policy are to ensure that: all of the agency’s registrants have the same level of privacy, dignity and confidentiality as is expected by the rest of the community and required by legislation; personal information is managed in a manner that is consistent with contemporary privacy principles and current legislation; and employees respect registrants’ individual needs and circumstances.

4. STRATEGIES

The following strategies are to be implemented to ensure that EDGE Employment Solutions meets its stated objective of ensuring that all registrants of the agency have the same level of privacy, dignity and confidentiality as is expected by the rest of the community and required by legislation.

EDGE Employment Solutions will:

5. DELIVERY STANDARDS

The following performance measures will be put into place to ascertain whether the strategies outlined in Section 4 are achieving the stated objective.

EDGE Employment Solutions has:

6. REVIEW OF THE POLICY

This policy will be reviewed on a two yearly basis. However, if at any time the legislative or funding policy environment is so altered that the content of the policy is no longer appropriate, the policy shall be amended accordingly.

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