You can access the Legal Services Board home page and browse our website without disclosing your identity or your personal information to us. Our site does not collect or record personal information, other than information you voluntarily choose to supply.
Our web server automatically records click stream data and to the extent that this data could make you identifiable we will not identify individuals from these records. Click stream data is non-personal information automatically generated by the web server and includes details such as your server address, domain name, operating system, the date, time and pages visited.
We use secure transmission facilities when appropriate. There are risks associated with transmitting information across the Internet and if you are concerned about sensitive material you should contact the Legal Practice Board via telephone or mail.
Use of Personal Information
The Legal Services Board is committed to the protection of the community’s information privacy through compliance with the Information Privacy Act 2000.
The Legal Services Board only collects information that is necessary for it to fulfil its statutory functions and responsibilities under the Legal Profession Act 2004.
The kind of information that we collect depends on the function we are fulfilling. The Legal Services Board will collect the following kinds of personal information:
- Name, address, contact information, date of birth – required for inclusion in the Register of legal practitioners and law practices;
- Bank account details associated with practitioner’s Trust account and statutory deposit accounts;
- Personal bank records and information about dealings with practitioners for those persons making a claim on the Fidelity Fund.
Use and disclosure
The Legal Services Board will only use personal information for the purpose for which it was given. The Legal Services Board may disclose personal information for the purposes for which it was collected to other organisations where it is authorised to do so by law.
The Legal Services Board may disclose personal information other than for the purpose for which it was given only where we are obliged or authorised to do so by law.
Storage and Information security
The Legal Services Board takes reasonable steps to protect all information it holds from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. We have a number of procedural, software and hardware safeguards in place. Information is stored in access-controlled premises or in electronic databases that require a login and password.
Access and correction
You can request access to personal information that we hold about you at any time. All requests should be addressed to the Privacy Coordinator, Legal Services Board, GPO Box 4937, Melbourne VIC 3001. The Legal Services Board may refuse to provide access to information held in cases where the National Privacy Principles allow us to do so. If access is refused the Legal Services Board will provide you with reasons for the refusal.
Download our Freedom of Information Policy (44KB PDF)