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Privacy Policy

Centre for Independent Studies Privacy Policy

The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information in our care. Personal information collected at the Centre for Independent Studies through the CIS website is handled under its obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Australian Privacy Principles. This Privacy Statement explains our procedures for collecting, managing and using your personal information and other data collected through the CIS website. By using our products or services or providing personal information to us, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Types of personal information collected

In most cases, the CIS collects personal information and other data from you when you register for an event, subscribe to a newsletter, donate, become a member of the CIS or purchase a book.
The way we may collect personal information from you includes (but is not limited to): via our website, by telephone, mail, or email; and in person.
The CIS may be provided with personal information about an individual from a third party, such as third parties who give a gift subscription or membership.
The type of information collected includes (but is not limited to) name, address, email address, contact details, company association, involvement with the CIS.

How does the CIS use this information?

The CIS uses personal information primarily to facilitate membership obligations, process payments, and communicate with you to provide updated information on research, news, events, and other activities via email.
To stop receiving information from the CIS you can follow the unsubscribe information at the bottom of each email. You can also email or call (+612) 9438 4377.

Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

The CIS holds, uses and discloses your personal information for the purpose disclosed at the time of collection or otherwise as set out in this Privacy Policy. We will not use or disclose your personal information for any other purpose without first seeking your consent unless authorised or required by law. Generally, we will only use and disclose your personal information for the following purposes:
(a) to provide our services to you;
(b) to maintain our business relationship, where you are a user of our website, social media platforms or a supporter;
(c) to answer your inquiry;
(d) to trusted third parties who provide services to us, such as secure mailing programs, mailing houses, banks and auditors. These third parties may be located in The United States of America and must comply with similar undertakings of privacy and confidentiality as CIS;
(e) we may also release personal information to regulatory or law enforcement authorities if they require us to do so; and
(f) we may also seek your consent to collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information for any other purpose not listed above.


The CIS uses reasonable administrative, technical, personnel, and physical measures to safeguard personally identifiable information in its possession against loss, theft, and unauthorised use, disclosure or modification. No data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be totally secure. Remember to close your browser when you have finished a user session. This ensures that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence if you share a computer with someone else or use a computer in a public place like a library or Internet café. You as an individual are responsible for the security of and access to your computer.

Digital services

A cookie is a packet of data that a website puts on your computer’s hard disk to identify you as a visitor to that website. It allows the server to recognise and interact more effectively with your device. The cookie assists us in maintaining the continuity of your browsing session (e.g. to maintain a shopping cart) and remembering your details and preferences. The information collected by CIS through cookies and other means may include your server address, domain name, IP address, the date and time of your visit, the pages accessed and documents downloaded, the previous site visited, the type of browser you used. You may choose to disallow Cookies through your web browser settings.
You can configure your web browser to reject and delete cookies and block JavaScript, but you may find that you will have limited functionality.
Our systems record various information about interactions with our online services. This can include information about software versions used, device types, device identifiers (like IP address), location data (where available and not disabled by the user), dates, times, file metadata, referring website, data entered, and user activity such as links clicked.

Access and further information on your personal information

You are entitled to access all personal information held by the Centre for Independent Studies, which identifies you. If you would like to exercise your right of access, please contact the CIS, whose details are set out below.

How to make a complaint regarding the privacy of your information
You may contact us on the email below to complain if you believe that we have interfered with your privacy. Our Executive Administration Officer will review your complaint, and we will respond accordingly.

Privacy contact details:

Attention Executive Administration Officer

Centre for Independent Studies
Level 1, 131 Macquarie St
Sydney NSW 2000

Changes to this Privacy Policy
The CIS is continually monitoring privacy developments, and accordingly, from time to time, may modify this Privacy Policy to reflect changes in the law, self-regulatory initiatives and technology. The Privacy Policy will be updated and posted on